May half term: Second World War activities at Fort Nelson
Date(s) - 27/05/2019 - 31/05/2019
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road,
Come and stretch your legs and get some fresh air this spring whilst participating in our Second World War themed programme of family-centred activities and fun.
Children are invited to enrol in Fort Nelson’s Home Guard where they will be trained by costumed characters on how to identify and disable WWII enemy tanks. Their new skills will be put to fun use as they work together to build a giant tank, before discovering what a dangerous life it was for soldiers as they re-enact an air raid with our period characters.
Visitors can discover more about the Special Operations Executive, set up in 1940 to wage a secret war, and how the SOE developed ‘rat bombs’, (as bad as they sound!) before testing their skills at deciphering a Morse code message.
Fort Nelson’s action-packed half term activities are designed to enlighten and entertain all ages, including free fact-packed guided tours and the opportunity to get up close with history in our themed talks and special object handling sessions.
Fort Nelson will be open from 10 am to 5 pm (April-October) and museum admission is free. Parking is £3.
May half term activity programme at the Fort:
Monday 27 – Friday 31 May 2019
Second World War tours
Free fact-packed 30 minute guided tours, 11:15 am and 1:30 pm.
Join the Home Guard activities for children
A member of the Fort Nelson Home Guard will drill young recruits in how to identify and disable an enemy tank and work together to build a giant jig saw tank.
- 11 am and 2 pm, FREE, parental supervision required at all times.
Air Raid Drill
Fort Nelson’s Second World War activities are designed to enthuse and entertain all ages. Children will have the opportunity to discover what a dangerous life it was for the soldiers as they re-enact an air raid with costumed characters.
- FREE, 1 pm and 3 pm daily.
Talk: Weapons of D-Day
Visitors can get up close with history in our free Weapons of D-day themed insight talk and themed handling session.
- Daily 12 noon and 3:30 pm, FREE
Talk: S.O.E (Special Operations Executive)
Visitors will have the opportunity to find more about the S.O.E (Special Operations Executive), a special underground army that waged a secret war in occupied Europe.
- Daily, 12:30 pm, FREE
Event Contact Information
Website Address: https://royalarmouries.org/event/second-world-war/
Contact Telephone Number: 01329233734