Here be Dragons – Half-term fun for all the family at Fort Nelson - Friday, 10 February 2012

Keep the kids out of mischief and mark the Chinese Year of the Dragon this February half-term by heading to the new-look Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson from February 13 to 19.

Home to the national collection of big guns, Britain’s oldest museum has lined up a special winter event – Dragon Tales – with plenty of fun for all the family.

The Dragon is the mightiest sign in the Chinese Zodiac and visitors can discover fine examples of the mythical beasts in the Royal Armouries’ collection, including a spectacular ‘dragon gun’ dating to the late 18th century and originating from Burma.

Half-term highlights include:

Admission and parking are free at this fully-restored Victorian fort – home to the national collection of big guns – although a small charge will apply to the mask making and craft activity sessions.

Royal Armouries’ Director Peter Armstrong said, ‘We are delighted to be going into 2012 with an exciting events package, offering low-cost entertainment during the school holidays. There’s something to appeal to everybody – from big guns to tunnels, and children’s trails to social history galleries.’

For full details of all these events – plus opening times – please visit

Standing high on Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson showcases one of the world’s finest collections of artillery and cannon, from across the ages and from all corners of the globe.

Last year, this unique heritage attraction underwent a £3.5m redevelopment to create a museum for the 21st century, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Highlights include:

To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27.

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