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Fire your family’s imagination at Fort Nelson this summer

Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Two happy children running on the grass at a sunny Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson summer holidays

There will be plenty of fun events to keep the children entertained and active at the fully-restored Victorian Fort Nelson in Hampshire over the summer holidays.

Kids will be able to have a go on the Junior Assault Course and from 30 July week days will be packed with bottle rockets, bangs and ballistas as we explore the subject of Forts and Firepower through the ages. There will also be daily Guided Tours as well as chance to get your Hands on History. Plus we’re bringing history to life with colourful characters from the Fort’s past at our History Live weekends throughout August.

Fort Nelson is home to more than 350 big artillery pieces: from pre-gunpowder siege machines to the gigantic 200-tonne railway gun. As well as the 19-acre Victorian fort, with its tunnels and ramparts to explore, there will be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained.

The Junior Assault Course

Monday 23 July – Sunday 2 September

Kids will love the Fort’s outdoor obstacle course. Pay once, and stay and play all day for just £4 for each child aged three and over.

Forts & Firepower

Monday 30 July – Sunday 2 September

Explore the history of fortifications in the local area and take part in a range of scientific and historical themed activities exploring the development of gunpowder, artillery and warfare since the Roman period.

Guided Tours


Exploring the 19-acre fort of open areas, buildings and tunnels on your own is exciting, but for a real insight into the history and the lives of the people who lived and worked at the Fort join one of our guided tours which can be booked on the day.

History Live

Weekends throughout August

Meet characters from the Fort’s past and find out what it was like to live and work here.

Parliamentary Archives Exhibition

2 July – 30 August

The Parliament and the First World War exhibition on loan from the Parliamentary Archives enables visitors to explore documents, paintings and objects which demonstrate the profound changes in Parliament and parliamentary democracy that occurred during the war years as well as the nature of the relationship between Parliament and the war.

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit our website. 

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Notes to editors

Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer. Email:, telephone: 0113 220 1978

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.