Find out about what life was like for our ancestors this summer

BACK IN TIME Thomas Rouse, 10, left, and Callum Fowler, six, with Paul Clair from the Mary Rose Museum in the Tudor dressing area which will be open during the school holidays. Pictures: Steve Reid (112471-355)
BACK IN TIME Thomas Rouse, 10, left, and Callum Fowler, six, with Paul Clair from the Mary Rose Museum in the Tudor dressing area which will be open during the school holidays. Pictures: Steve Reid (112471-355)
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COME rain or shine, these eager youngsters are harking back to a bygone era this summer.

Thomas Rouse, 10, and Callum Fowler, six, have been showing off a collection of Tudor-style clothes and props which are on display at The Mary Rose Museum, inside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Visitors can take pictures of themselves wearing the vintage garments between 11am and noon and 2pm and 4pm.

COLOURING FUN Brothers Callum, nine, left and Matthew Hilton, 12 in the activity area at Fort Nelson, colouring Victorian army uniforms. (122472-363)

COLOURING FUN Brothers Callum, nine, left and Matthew Hilton, 12 in the activity area at Fort Nelson, colouring Victorian army uniforms. (122472-363)

The family-fun initiative, which began yesterday, will run throughout the summer holidays until Sunday, September 2.

And there’s plenty to do and see at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham, during the summer too. Gun-firing demonstrations by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and traditional fairground rides are on offer between 10am and 5pm until Sunday, August 5.

And each day youngsters will be able to design and create their own Victorian postcards and colour in Victorian army uniforms. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there will be a chance to load one of the guns. Guided tours around the Victorian fort will be provided between 11am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A £1 fee is required.

A 25-pound field gun dating back to the Second World War will be fired between 12pm and 3pm every day.

We’ll be bringing you ideas for ways to keep the family entertained over the coming weeks. Our Summer of Fun guide will help you plan what to do and where to go whatever your budget.

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Families can roam through acres of landscaped parkland, look around a farm and feed animals at Staunton Country Park, in Havant, between 10am and 5pm. Entry is £7.25 for adults and £3 for children between three and 16.

· Get an insight into the history of Portchester Castle through an English Heritage audio tour. Entry is £4.90 per adult and £2.90 for children between five and 15 between 10am and 6pm. It’s free to walk around the grounds of the castle, which is in Church Road.

· Birdwatchers can get an eyeful of different species at Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. The reserve includes habitats including marshland and scrapes. There is fun for children at Titchfield Haven Visitor Centre, which also includes a tea room, shop, and an exhibition on the natural history of the Solent area. Entry is between 9.30am and 5pm. Tickets cost £3.90 for adults and £1.95 for children.

· Youngsters can have a whale of a time at indoor adventure playground Playzone, in Northarbour Road, Cosham. The complex has slides, ball pools and other play equipment. It’s open between 10am and 7pm and tickets cost £5.75 for kids between five and 14 and £4.50 for under fours.

· Discover more about HMS Warrior, Victory, Henry VIII, Portsmouth Dockyard workers and war veterans at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. A family ticket starts at £62.15.

· If you love heights then take a trip up one of Portsmouth’s famous landmarks the Spinnaker Tower. There are three viewing decks. Tickets cost £8.25 for adults and £6.55 for children.

· Find out about creatures of the sea at Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea. Highlights include a giant tropical reef tank with a underwater walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium is open from 10am until 6pm. Entry is £9.75 for adults and £7.50 for children between three and 14.