Summer at Fort Nelson - Thursday, 18 July 2013
Visitors can get crafty, go commando and experience combat at the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, from Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, September 1.
Whether visitors are seeking a thrill, keen to learn, love to get creative or want a new adventure, there are activities to keep everyone entertained at the Victorian Fort – home to the national collection of artillery.
More active visitors will be put through their paces, as the Parade Ground is transformed into The Commando Course, an assault course of sandbags, cannon and oil barrels – with 13 challenges to complete.
Creative kids can enjoy themed craft activities while thrill-seekers can experience ‘Artillery in Action’ everyday at 1pm, where artillery, representing 1,000 years of history is demonstrated.
Handling sessions and History tours are available for the more inquisitive, while the adventurers can explore the 19-acre site to discover the secret tunnels and underground chambers.
Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “There really is something for everyone at Fort Nelson this summer. For those seeking excitement, we have the firing of our impressive collection of big guns and gallery tours and handling sessions for those wishing to learn more about our history. There is also the option to simply relax and just enjoy spectacular views of Portsmouth Harbour, the Meon Valley and South Downs National Park from the ramparts.”
The Commando Course
10am – 4.30pm
A fun and challenging assault course.
£3.00 per child (age 3+)
10.30am – 4pm
Commando masks, colouring, word search and puzzles.
£2.00 per child (age 3+)
Artillery in Action
The powerful and mighty guns from the Royal Armouries collection are fired everyday.
History of Fort Nelson tour
Discover the hidden history of Fort Nelson with a guided tour.
£3 per person
11am, 12 noon, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
Handle objects from the Royal Armouries collection, led by Museum guides
Objects include; Commando Kevlar Flak Jacket, helmet, webbing, uniforms & WW2 Lee Enfield Rifle.
Museum admission and parking are free.
For full details of all Royal Armouries’ events, please visit www.royalarmouries.org
To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27. The Fort is open seven days a week, from 10.30am to 4pm (winter hours).
Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.