HAPPY AND GLORIOUS! - Monday, 20 May 2013

Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this May half-term and join celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation.

Hear the Victorian fort ring to the power and might of a spectacular 21-gun salute at 1pm on Sunday, June 2, in honour of Her Majesty.

Britain’s oldest public museum is staging a series of fun-packed family days throughout half-term week (Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2) – including a street party in Café 1871. Children are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue to receive a free treat.

Museum admission is free but a small charge applies to some activities. The programme runs as follows:

Punch and Judy Shows – enjoy this traditional family-style entertainment. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Craft activities, Royal Trail and Balloons – a chance for children to make their own crowns and explore the Royal Trail – and learn about kings and queens from long ago. Daily.

Tours of the Fort’s Victorian Tunnels – join the uniformed Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, for special tours of the underground tunnels and ammunition store on Saturday.

Scouts’ Campfire and Activities – Join us for a rousing sing-along on Sunday.

Children’s face-painting sessions – 11am to 4pm, Wednesday and Sunday

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “We marked The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year with a 21-gun salute, and it was extremely popular with our visitors – so we are delighted to be able to do the same for the 60th anniversary of the Coronation. Portsmouth and the surrounding area has a proud tradition for serving Queen and Country, and it’s only fitting that we are marking the occasion in time-honoured style.”

Fort Nelson is home to the national collection of artillery – the big guns. For more information about Royal Armouries, visit www.royalarmouries.org

Notes to editors

To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27. The Fort is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

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