Intrepid youngsters launch an armoured assault on Fort Nelson - Monday, 8 February 2010

Commando girls - Click to view large image

Youngsters are being invited to beat the February half-term blues and let off steam by joining an “Armoured Assault” session at historic Fort Nelson.

The Victorian fort at Portsdown Hill provides the backcloth to exciting assault courses on Tuesday (February 16) and Thursday (February 18) and children are invited to turn up in camouflage gear – or simply enjoy the session in “civvies”.

On both days, there’s a chance to climb inside and explore a tank-like vehicle, The Sexton, and watch driving and firing displays at 12noon and 2pm. The 26-tonne Sexton dates to the D-Day landings and recently helped marked the start of the £3.5 million redevelopment of the Royal Armouries museum by blowing up a bungalow at the front of the fort.

Girls as well as boys are invited to take part in the Armoured Assault sessions and entry to the fort is free. In addition, for a £2 charge, there are workshops where children can get crafty and make cardboard helmets and machine guns, and learn all about the art of successful camouflage.

Other attractions include a Junior Commando Assault Course running all day, giving youngsters a chance to let off steam with lots of energetic fun, including running, jumping and crawling, plus the firing of a 25-pounder gun at 1pm.

Fort Nelson also has secret underground tunnels and chambers to explore, hundreds of big guns and cannon, live performances, gun firings and guided tours every day.

There is no need to book in advance and the Fort’s Powderkeg Café is open seven days a week offering locally-sourced food and snacks. Winter opening hours of 10.30am to 4pm apply.


You are invited to send a reporter and photographer/camera crew to either of these events at Fort Nelson.


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Media contact

Joss Loader
Primary PR Ltd.
Tel: 07838 379599

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