It’s very spooky times this half-term at Victorian Fort

(l-r) Reuben Allen Grace (7), Mel Crook, Charlie Bedford (8) and Sarah Heaton in in the Witches Kitchen. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133002-116)
(l-r) Reuben Allen Grace (7), Mel Crook, Charlie Bedford (8) and Sarah Heaton in in the Witches Kitchen. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133002-116)

From broken bones to new beginnings

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Children have been getting into the Halloween spirit by walking through the dark tunnels at Fort Nelson.

The Victorian fort near Fareham is playing host to Halloween activities this half-term week.

(l-r) Zoe Aistrope (6) with her model Ghost in the tunnels of Fort Nelson.''''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133002-127)

(l-r) Zoe Aistrope (6) with her model Ghost in the tunnels of Fort Nelson.''''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133002-127)

Costumed storytellers have been telling the sad tale of William Carter – who died under the wheels of a wagon during the fort’s construction in 1863.

They will hear how William died aged just 21, and now lies buried in Portchester churchyard.

Nigel Hosier, operations manager at Fort Nelson, said: ‘There are a variety of activities on site.

‘We find it’s ideal here for Halloween.

Friends, Leah Cummins and Tessa Frampton (5) at the craft workshop. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133002-105)

Friends, Leah Cummins and Tessa Frampton (5) at the craft workshop. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133002-105)

‘Things can become quite scary and frightening, without having to do anything.

‘It’s quite atmospheric. It’s always popular at Halloween because it’s a great place to come.’

Children also had the chance to take part in craft activities.

They have been making a variety of spooky items including pumpkin mobiles, hanging ghosts, witches’ fingers, skeletons, broomstick bookmarks and Halloween moons.

Halls in the museum have also been themed to celebrate Halloween.

And Nigel said the museum is a popular destination for children during the half-term break.

‘It gets them out to get a bit of fresh air,’ he said.

‘Being a museum we do find that while people are here they do have a look at things too.’

Museum admission and parking are free. Tickets, which are £4, will give admission to the trio of Halloween events.

Alternatively, children can pay just £2 to take part in the crafts.

For more information, and opening times, please visit royalarmouries.org.