LET OFF STEAM AT FORT NELSON - Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Youngsters can beat the school holiday blues and let off steam by clambering over Fort Nelson’s new-look junior assault course this summer.
Located on the Victorian Fort’s parade, the course features three great guns from the Royal Armouries’ national collection – two bronze three-pounders which “guard” the entrance and a 25-pounder quick-firing Howitzer, dating to the Second World War.
Other highlights include a walk-through, based on a First World War trench, plus a rope maze, featuring original mortar bombs from the mighty Mallet’s Mortar, the impressive Victorian gun that welcomes visitors to the Fort.
For older visitors, there’s a chance to experience 1,000 years of firepower every day this month (August) as Royal Armouries continues to stage its free Artillery in Action displays. These displays see the fully-restored 19th century Fort ring to the power and might of three of the mighty weapons in Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery, as part of a great day out for all the family.
Fort Nelson, which underwent a major revamp in 2011, is home to more than 350 big guns – from pre-gunpowder siege machines to the massive 200-tonne railway gun. As well as a 19-acre site, with tunnels and ramparts to explore, there are plenty of activities to keep the children entertained until August 31.
Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “Fort Nelson offers a great day out for all the family and, unlike purpose-built museums, we can showcase the national collection against the backcloth of a fully restored, historic landmark.
“Our assault course is proving a hit with parents and children alike as it allows youngsters to let off steam and learn something about their country’s history. The guns form part of the course, but children will not be able to climb over them at any point.”
Other Summer activities include:
- Landings – photography exhibition focused on the D-Day Landings by Russell Squires until October 13 (free)
- Guided tours – learn about the history of the fort and the people who lived and worked there (daily at 11.15am and 1.30pm, adults £3, under 16s go free)
- Handling Sessions – get up close to weapons and uniforms from one of the finest collections in the world with our experts (July 25 – August 31, free)
Parking and museum admission are absolutely free – a £3.50 charge applies for the assault course and children can pay and play all day. For full details of all Royal Armouries’ activities and 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 10am to 5pm.
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Background – Standing high on Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson showcases one of the world’s finest collections of artillery, down the ages and from across the globe. In 2011, 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, complete with new galleries, state-of-the-art education centre and visitor facilities.