Special Xmas Offer - Fire a 25-pounder Gun for £25 - Thursday, 26 November 2009

Are you looking for an explosive Christmas gift that’s guaranteed to make a special person’s day go off with a bang? Then the Royal Armouries Museum in Hampshire has just the answer.

Visitors are being invited to pull the firing handle and feel the power and might of a big gun during the daily gun firings at historic Fort Nelson, high on Portsdown Hill. This is normally an original Second World War 25-pounder gun howitzer.

During December, the Royal Armouries are offering the chance to fire the gun at a special price of £25. Funds raised will boost the museum, which houses the national collection of historic cannon and artillery, and is about to undergo a £3.5m revamp. Firings can be purchased as a gift voucher to be redeemed at any time during the year – with the recipient contacting the Fort to book a slot – or for individuals’ own use.

Firings take place daily seven days a week (apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) at 1pm in winter and 12 noon and 3pm in summer.

Ideal as a unique Christmas present or to mark any special occasion – or simply to fulfil the ambition of any enthusiast – the experience begins with a personal briefing on how to operate the gun in question.

In the case of the Second World War howitzer, this famous weapon saw action in many theatres of war – from the deserts of North Africa, at El Alamein, to the final successful Allied push for Victory in Europe.

Visitors will also have a chance to explore the amazing, 19-acre Victorian gun fort and its collection for the rest of the day. Attractions include underground tunnels, ramparts with spectacular views over Portsmouth Harbour, and daily performances by the Armouries’ team of professional actors, who make history come alive by re-enacting a series of episodes from the nation’s colourful history.

To purchase gift vouchers, or to book gun firings, please call 01329 848511.

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Notes to editors

Reporters and photographers are welcome at the wreath laying ceremony at 11am (or at the craft sessions – please contact Primary PR to fix a time)

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