BIG GUNS FOR FATHER'S DAY
- Starts at: 10:00am Sunday 20 June 2010
- Finishes at: 5:00pm Sunday 20 June 2010
- Location: Fort Nelson
- Suitable for: Everyone
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)
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.
|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)|
The location address, map and a guide to getting here can be found on the Visitor Information page