Intrepid youngsters launch an armoured assault on Fort Nelson - Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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 backdrop to exciting assault courses on Tuesday (February 22) and Thursday (February 24) 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 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. 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.
There will also be hands-on activities, such as craft sessions and a themed treasure trail.
Fort Nelson also has secret underground tunnels and chambers to explore, hundreds of big guns and cannon, live performances, and guided tours every day.
Tickets cost £2.50 for the over fives and £1 for adults, or buy a family ticket for £5 (two adults and up to four children). Under fives are free. There is no need to book in advance. Winter opening hours of 10.30am to 4pm apply.
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Notes to editors
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson also tells the story of the Palmerston Forts, built to protect Portsmouth from a feared French invasion in the 1860’s.
- Fort Nelson is open every day except 24-26 December. April to October 10am –5pm (Wed 11am-5pm), November – March 10.30am – 4pm (Wed 11.30-4pm).
- Admission to the Royal Armouries is FREE.
- Admission charges apply to some events.
- Information line: 01329 233734
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Email: email@example.com
- The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour with sites at Fort Nelson, Leeds, HM Tower of London and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- To support the work of the Royal armouries; make a donation at justgiving.com
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.