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Step back in time at Fort Nelson this festive season

Tuesday, 27th November 2018

Holly branches and christmas spices

Returning by popular demand Royal Armouries Fort Nelson invites visitors to take a step back in time and experience life as it used to be in the Victorian fort this festive season.

Visitors can experience the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas as Fort Nelson’s kitchens are transported back to Christmas 1896, with a series of performances by costumed characters including head cook Private Dobson as he prepares dishes for a festive feast for the inhabitants of the Fort.

The barrack room will be seasonally decorated with oranges, cloves and greenery, the original range will be lit and the smell of freshly baked mince pies will fill the air.

As part of the experience, warm mulled wine and a non-alcoholic punch will be served to the tour group, along with one of Mrs Blenkinsopp’s delicious mince pies, still warm from the range.

Tours of the Victorian fort are free and will take place at 11am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3 pm daily.

Commenting on festive events at Fort Nelson, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager said: “The fort was built in the 1860’s and has a long history of housing military volunteers and army officers. Many of these inhabitants will have spent the festive season at the fort and visitors to our Christmas event will be able to catch a glimpse of what these people will have experienced during its Victorian heyday, complete with all the decorations, traditions and foods you would expect to see at this time – it will be a great day out for all of the family to enjoy.”

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit our website. 

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Notes to editors
• Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
• Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
• In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
• The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
• For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Katie Canning, Communications Officer:

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Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.