Defend the Fort

Sun 11/09/16 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Join Fort Nelson's junior ‘Volunteers’ and practice Victorian gun drills and marching under the orders of their Drill Instructor. 

Let the kids join the junior ‘Volunteers’ and practice Victorian gun drills and marching under the orders of a Drill Instructor. After donning their uniforms in the guard room, children are invited to have-a-go at authentic marching drills, then work in teams to charge, ram, load and simulate firing the bronze 3-pounder Mountain Gun.

Throughout the weekend visitors will have the opportunity to participate in free insight sessions, where they can learn about the pioneering work of Florence Nightingale and the importance of the 16-pounder gun during the Volunteer Movement. Visitors can experience the Royal Armouries powerful 16-pounder Rifled Muzzle Loading gun in action on Sunday 11 September. Uniformed detachment Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will demonstrate and live fire the powerful gun at 11:30am/2pm and 3pm, and the 25-pounder Howitzer will be fired at 1pm daily.

Today, restored to its original Victorian splendour, Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is home to the national collection of artillery including the Big Guns. With so much to see and explore it’s a great place for a free family day out. There is also the chance to visit Cafe 1871, offering a range light bites and tasty treats. Fort Nelson is open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

DEFEND THE FORT
• Starts at: 10:30am Saturday 11 September 2016
• Finishes at: 5:00pm Sunday 12 September 2016
• Suitable for: Families
• Event type: Children’s Activities

VICTORIAN MARCHING DRILLS AND GUN DRILLS
• Sessions at: 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3:30pm
• £3.50 per child
• Numbers are limited to 18 per session
Pay on the day or pre-book your tickets from 1st September 2016. Tickets can be purchased via telephone 1st September – 10th September 2016. Telephone 01329 848 532 or visit Fort Nelson’s Visitor Centre.

INSIGHT SESSION: UPCLOSE WITH THE 16-POUNDER
Themed insight on the parade next to the 16-pounder highlighting the features of the
rifled muzzle loading gun, its history and use during the volunteer movement.
• Daily, 12:30pm, FREE, Meet in the Voice of the Guns

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
Take a trip to the forts hospital gallery, where you will learn about the pioneering work of history’s most famous nurse and life as a Victorian soldier. Visitors will have the opportunity to examine a replica medicine bag and contents.
• Daily, 3:00pm, FREE, Meet in the Voice of the Guns