FORT NELSON TATTOO LAUNCHES WITH A BANG - Friday, 29 June 2012
Enjoy all the pomp and circumstance of the Fort Nelson Tattoo on September 8 – and support three Armed Services’ charities.
Join the Royal Armouries as the Victorian Fort comes alive during this spectacular event – complete with explosive gun firings, rousing military bands, historic re-enactments and breath-taking displays.
Experience the thrills of a historic flypast, as a C-47 Dakota takes to the skies in a Battle of Britain Memorial flight. In the evening, the Royal Armouries will light up the darkness, with a dramatic fireworks display.
Both performances will feature a stirring finale, featuring the massed bands, pipes and drums and the entire cast of the Fort Nelson Tattoo. Acts include:
- The Band of the Parachute Regiment
- Rose and Thistle Pipe Band
- HMS Sultan Volunteer Band
- British Youth Corps of Drums
- Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors’ Club
- Screaming Eagles Living History Group
- Colonel Robert Hammond’s Regiment of Foote (Sealed Knot).
Profits will be shared by three Armed Services’ charities – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity; and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “Where better to enjoy all the might and majesty of a Tattoo than Fort Nelson? This incredible monument to Victorian defence has a proud tradition of staging memorable Tattoos and we’re rolling out our big guns to ensure this is the most spectacular to date.”
Tickets are now on sale and each performance lasts approximately two hours.
- Grandstand prices range from £18 per adult.
- A family ticket for the picnic area (two adults and up to three concessions, including registered disabled, plus serving members of HM Armed Forces) costs from £46.
Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.