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Summer fun at Fort Nelson

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

four children crossing a wooden beam on an assault course

An action-packed summer of fun awaits visitors to Fort Nelson, with barrel-loads of children’s activities, including an exciting assault course.

Children will love the challenge of the junior assault course, suitable for ages 3 –11 years. Tickets cost £3.50, pay on the day.

Free ‘Fit for the Fort’ sessions will also take place every weekend of the school holiday with children given the chance to learn the skills a soldier would have been expected to have to report for duty.

Each weekend will focus on a different period of history including Victorian times and the First and Second World War with a range of activities from PT training sessions, military drills, to learning semaphore, morse code and survival skills.

Summer activities will run daily from Monday 24 July to Sunday 3 September and as a national museum, admission is to the Fort is free. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Visitors are advised to book their free admission tickets in advance at to guarantee their visit, as the site has capacity limits.

The Victorian fort has 19 acres to explore with its tunnel, ramparts, and outdoor space, as well as a museum of treasures to discover.

There are lots of picnic benches around the site, and the café and refreshment kiosk will be open every day for light meals, snacks and drinks.

Elizabeth Puddick, Public Engagement Manager, said: “It’s going to be an action-packed summer at Fort Nelson. The assault course is always a big hit with the children, and they will enjoy the special free weekend activities too.

“We’re really looking forward to giving our summer visitors a warm welcome to Fort Nelson.”

Note to Editors:

Fort Nelson is a national museum and home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery and historic cannon. The museum galleries and outdoor spaces display over 700 pieces, from early siege machines to modern-day superguns, from the UK and across the globe.

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