Fort Nelson setting for big bangs this Easter weekend as Allied Troops battle for control in Second World War event! - Thursday, 25 March 2010
Allied troops will launch a major offensive at Fort Nelson over the Easter weekend in a 1940s-style battle to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Visitors can see British, American and Russian troops take on the might of the German Army on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday (April 4 and 5).
The explosive event will feature large living history encampments, spectacular pyrotechnics, artillery firings, (de-activated) weapon handling and so much more.
There’s also a chance to get up close and personal with hardware from the Second World War and travel back in time with live performances from the Fort’s team of professional actors. There will also be arena displays at 12noon and 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, depicting the D-Day landings, and action on the Home and Eastern Fronts.
The event runs from 10am to 5pm on both days, with dramatic performances at half past each hour – culminating in the main battle for the Fort at 3pm.
The Fort’s operations manager Mark Selwood said, “This event promises to thrill from start to finish and brings history to life in a special way. It is also a fitting tribute to those who played their part in the Battle of Britain.”
Museum entrance is free for adults and children and includes a chance to view the nation’s big gun collection and underground tunnels. Tickets for the special events are priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for children or £12 for a family of two adults and two children.
For details of all forthcoming events – including the children’s Easter holiday programme on Tuesdays and Thursdays – visit the the events section of our website
Notes to editors
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson also tells the story of the Palmerston Forts, built to protect Portsmouth from a feared French invasion in the 1860’s.
- Every day, visitors can see one of the big guns fired in salute, watch our resident actors bring to life characters from 1,000 years of history, explore secret underground tunnels and enjoy incredible views from the ramparts. An extensive programme of special event spectaculars takes place throughout the year.
- Fort Nelson is open every day except 24-26 December. April to October 10am –5pm (Wed 11am-5pm), November – March 10.30am – 4pm (Wed 11.30-4pm).
- Admission to the Royal Armouries is FREE.
- Admission charges apply to some events.
- Information line: 01329 233734
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour with sites at Fort Nelson, Leeds, HM Tower of London and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.
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