Napoleonic Easter at Fort Nelson (UK)

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from 08/04/2019 to 19/04/2019
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Come and discover what life was like for Britons in the Napoleonic period, around the turn of the 19th century, when French Emperor Napoleon’s ambitions threatened invasion and war in Europe.

A varied programme of mid-week family-centred Easter holiday activities is designed to entertain and enlighten all ages: Napoleonic drill sessions for children, traditional games, battlefield surgeon,  musket and cannon range,  Napoleonic-themed tours,  and talks: Weapons of Waterloo. Se below for dates and details.

Napoleonic Easter at Fort Nelson (UK)

Children can pretend to be soldiers and practice drill formations under the command of our drill sergeant. Then the young recruits can test their skills firing flintlock muskets and cannons in a shooting range, and have a go at playing traditional games of the period.

History is also brought to life in the Guard Room, where a Napoleonic battlefield surgeon will describe and demonstrate the implements he used to treat the wounded.

For a real insight into the Napoleonic artillery on display at the museum visitors can join one of our fact-packed 30-minute guided tours.

There will be insightful talks on the battle of Waterloo by costumed characters throughout the day and the opportunity to handle historical artefacts.

Fort Nelson will be open from 10am to 5pm during the Easter holidays (6 April – 21 April) and museum admission is free. Parking is £3.         

Fort Nelson (weblink)

Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, PO17 6AN, United Kingdom

Napoleonic drill sessions for children

  • Daily
  • 11am / 2pm / 3.30 pm
  • Parental supervision required at all times.
  • Free

Traditional games

  • Drop in and play
  • Free

Battlefield surgeon

  •  9, 10 & 11 April and 16, 17 & 18 April
  • All day, drop in
  • Free

Musket and cannon range

Supervised activity

  • Daily
  • 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • £2 per person for 8 shots (suitable for children aged 3+ years)

No booking required, pay on arrival in the Visitor Centre

Napoleonic themed tours

Fact-packed 30-minute guided tours of the museum.

  • Daily
  • 11.15am / 1.30pm
  • Free

Talk: Weapons of Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo themed insight talk and object handling session.

  • Daily
  • 12.30pm
  • Free
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