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Victorian Fun Fair to return to Fort Nelson

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Victorian Fun Fair

Roll up, roll up! Enjoy the fun of the fair in the perfect Victorian setting of Fort Nelson.

Traditional rides of a steam carousel, swing boats, a Ferris wheel and a pepper-pot helter-skelter will be in full swing on Saturday June 18 and June 19.

A coconut shy, tin-can alley and a traditional test-your-strength machine will be amongst fairground stalls as well as a fortune teller and a Victorian photo booth to capture memories of the fair weekend.

Children can take on the challenge of our assault course whilst Victorian costumed characters roam the fair talking to visitors with three performances during the day.

Fort Nelson held a Victorian fair last year to mark 150 years of soldiers arriving at the fort and due to its huge success, the event is being repeated this year.

Tickets cost £10 per person to include unlimited rides, the assault course as well as parking and entry to the museum.

The event is free for under 3s and children under 1.2m high will need to be accompanied on the rides. This year we have two rides especially for toddlers.

Bookings must be made in advance as capacity is limited with arrival times on tickets between 10am and 2pm but visitors can stay as long as they wish once on site. Fort Nelson will close at 5pm.

Refreshments will be available from our café, outdoor kiosk and a candy floss stall.

The Parade Ground will be closed to non-ticket holders for the weekend of the event. But the museum will be open as usual for visitors to discover the history of Fort Nelson.

Elizabeth Puddick, Public Engagement Manager, said: “The fair was such a success last year that we wanted to repeat the event.

“The Victorian fort is a unique backdrop for the rides so do come along and enjoy the fun of the fair – but remember to book in advance as numbers are limited.”


Note to Editors:

Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s to protect against a potential invasion by the French, which never materialised.

Although never used for its original purpose the Fort played a significant role in both World Wars; as barracks for troops waiting to be deployed to the front line in the First, and as an anti-aircraft ammunition supply depot during the Second.

Opening times – Sunday to Wednesday 10am – 5pm during term time and daily in the school holidays.

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About the Royal Armouries

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