Make a date for guns and drills

A DRILL instructor at the Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson will put children through their paces when they enlist in the volunteer army.

Friday, 9th September 2016, 6:06 am
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 4:48 pm

Youngsters are invited to put on traditional uniforms and have a go at authentic marching drills, then work in teams to charge, ram, load and simulate firing the bronze three-pounder Mountain Gun this weekend.

Visitors can get up close with history in the Victorian-themed insight sessions.

On the parade, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the 16-pounder gun and its role in the hospital gallery, and the pioneering work of Florence Nightingale will be highlighted with the chance to examine a replica Victorian medicine bag and its contents.

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They can also see the Royal Armouries powerful 16-pounder rifled muzzle-loading gun in action.

The fun begins at 10.30am on Saturday and finishes at 5pm on Sunday at the fort on Portsdown Hill Road.

The gun drills and marching are £3.50. Call 01329 848532 to book.