Seriously Spooky – Thrills and Chills at Fort Nelson this half-term - Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Prepare to be scared – head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this October half-term for a host of Halloween horrors.

From ghoulish craft activities to Halloween tours and treasure hunts – the new-look museum has lined up a seriously spooky programme for all the family.

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “Fort Nelson is a fantastically atmospheric place to stage our Halloween events, thanks to the underground tunnels and the fully-restored Victorian buildings. Some local people are even convinced we have a few resident ghosts.”

Events run from Saturday, October 27, to Sunday, November 4, and include:

Spooky Treasure Hunt – Follow the clues and spot the spooky stuff hidden in the museum galleries and in the dark, twisting tunnels under the Victorian fort. Includes a prize draw.

Get crafty – seasonal children’s craft activities, including make-and-take sessions to create spiders, monsters, masks and bats, plus special spooky boxes. £2 per child.

Spooky Tours – Join one of our ghoulish guides for a fascinating themed museum tour. £3 per person, Monday to Friday only.

Might of the Big Guns – Hear Fort Nelson resound to the sound of a 25-pounder Howitzer, dating from World War Two. Daily gun firings at 12noon and 3pm on the Parade Ground. Free.

Museum entrance is free and visitors can explore the 19-acre Victorian Fort, complete with underground tunnels and brand new galleries, showcasing the national collection of big guns. There’s also the chance to visit Café 1871, offering hot and cold snacks, plus Halloween treats.

Built in the 1860s, the Portsdown Hill Fort is home to the national collection of artillery, with over 350 exhibits from all over the globe. The museum’s new galleries tell the fascinating stories of the objects, their history and the people who used them.

The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.

For more details about Halloween, and all Fort Nelson activities and events, please visit

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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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