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.”

Daily Schedule:
The Commando Course
10am – 4.30pm
A fun and challenging assault course.
£3.00 per child (age 3+)

Craft Activities
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

Handling session
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

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).

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