See Fort Nelson’s Mighty Sexton up close and personal - Friday, 22 March 2013

Head to Fort Nelson this Easter Monday (April 1) and witness the power and might of one of the most spectacular guns in Royal Armouries’ national collection – the magnificent Sexton.
The Second World War, “tank-like vehicle” dates to the D-Day landings and is always a huge favourite with Fort Nelson visitors – and admission is absolutely free.

Children will be able to get up close to the 26-tonne Sexton, and discover the interior from a viewing platform. A height restriction of 1m or above will apply.

As a bonus, draw tickets will be sold to the over 16s, offering a unique chance to win a ride in the Sexton and to fire two rounds at the end of the day.

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “This is a unique opportunity that money can’t buy. The Sexton is one of the big beasts of the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery, and is always popular with our visitors, particularly children.”

The Sexton will roar into action on the Fort Nelson parade ground at 12 noon and 2pm, with the draw winner firing the gun at approximately 3pm. In between those times, it will be available for viewing.

Standing high on Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson showcases one of the world’s finest collections of artillery and cannon, from across the ages and from all corners of 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.

There’s also a 19-acre site to explore, complete with underground tunnels – and the Café 1871 is open every day.
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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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