BIG GUNS FOR FATHER'S DAY

10:00am Sunday 20th June 2010 - 5:00pm Sunday 20th June 2010 at Fort Nelson

Give your Dad a right royal day out!

Today’s the day we bring out our biggest boys’ toys!

FREE ADMISSION (some activities carry a small charge)

D-Day Artillery

Feel the ground tremble as the mighty WWII vintage 26 ton Sexton armoured vehicle is put through it’s paces – first hear the roar of its 9 cylinder radial aero engine, then the crash of its 25 pounder field gun in our explosive driving and firing display. Afterwards, climb inside for a closer look!

Displays at 12noon and 2pm.

Victorian Heavy Metal

Witness the firing of Fort Nelson’s main armament in the form of the Armstrong 110 pounder rifled breech loader – the biggest and heaviest of the Victorian garrison guns that were mounted in the Fort.

A detachment of Victorian gunners from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will be firing at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The Essential Guide to the Biggest Boys’ Toys

Nick Hall, Keeper of Artillery, presents a guide to the largest guns of the Royal Armouries collection – including the biggest mortar in the world and our huge 100 ton battleship gun.

Tours depart from the Entrance Courtyard at 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 3.15pm, lasting approx 30 mins.
Tickets cost £1 per person and are available from the shop.

Classic Morris Minor Rally

See dozens of classic cars courtesy of the Hampshire branch of the Morris Minor Owners’ Club, parked on the main Parade all day.

Events Timetable

11am Victorian Artillery – Rampart gun firings with the 110 pounder Armstrong from the West Haxo emplacement. View from near Artillery Hall entrance.
11.15am Tour of the Fort – featuring live performance by Victorian Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. Departs from Entrance Courtyard (No.2 on map). £1 per person.
12 noon D-Day Artillery – See (and hear) our Sexton self-propelled gun in action in the arena (No.8 on map). Afterwards, climb inside!
12.15pm Guide to the Biggest Boys’ Toys – Tour (approx 30mins) of the biggest guns in the collection. £1 per person, tickets available in shop. Departs from Entrance Courtyard.
12.30pm Live Performance: Sinking of the Mary Rose 1545 – a Tudor mariner tells of Henry VIII’s ill-fated ship. In Theatre (No.6 on map)
1pm Victorian Artillery – As at 11am.
1.30pm Guide to the Biggest Boys’ Toys – as at 12.15pm
Also at 1.30pm Live Performance: The Zulu War 1879 – Hear about the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. In the Theatre (No.6 on map).
2pm D-Day Artillery – as at 12 noon.
2.15pm Tour of the Fort – featuring live performance by Victorian Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. Departs from Entrance Courtyard (No.2 on map). £1 per person.
3pm Victorian Artillery – As at 11am.
3.15pm Guide to the Biggest Boys’ Toys – Who was the real Robin Hood? Hear stories and decide for yourself! In Artillery Hall (No.11 on map)
3.45pm Live Performance: The Battle of Towton 1461 – a Lancastrian archer tells of this bloody medieval battle. In Theatre (No.6 on map)
4pm Events End
5pm Fort closes

Visitor Information

The location address, map and a guide to getting here can be found on the Visitor Information page