Ready, aim, fire at Fort Nelson military fun day

Discover more about life during the Second World War with Fort Nelson's family fun day this weekend
Discover more about life during the Second World War with Fort Nelson's family fun day this weekend

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Summer is coming to a close and you may not get the chance to have a day out with the family in glorious sunshine – but there’s still a range of fun-filled days and events to keep the kids entertained.

Take a trip back in military history this weekend at Fort Nelson in Fareham with its Big Guns Display.

Running from 10am until 5pm on Sunday, visitors get the chance to experience what soldiers in the Second World War would have known as they put on a gun firing display.

The artillery featured will be from around the world, and at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm you may even get the chance to meet some of the gun crew.

Last admission is one hour before closing and the day is free.

Call Fort Nelson on (01329) 233 734 for more details.

If you fancy heading further out, then Burlesdon’s Brickwork Industrial Museum is celebrating all things American with its event Big American Wing Ding this Sunday.

Running from 10am until 4pm, families can take a trip to the Wild West with Ashby’s American Diner for a burger, listen to live country music or try a bit of line dancing.

There will also be a number of American cars and limos on site, and the possibility of Harley motorbikes.

Tickets cost £2 for a child, £5 for adults and £12 for a family on (01489) 576248.

Local food and craft producers will be showing their talents in Gosport tomorrow as Gosport Borough Council is putting on the Autumn Food and Craft Fayre in Lawrence Square.

The Harvest themed day will showcase a range of goods for visitors, as well as featuring live music and family entertainment.

There will also be a variety of traders offering jewellery, gifts, soaps, toiletries and baby goods, plus a range of unique home-made preserves, chutneys and other foodstuffs available.

The event runs from 9am until 4pm. For more information call (023) 9254 5425.

In Emsworth and Westbourne, the Wemsfest 2012 festival is carrying on with a range of activities available for the family.

Let your child’s imagination run away with them as they listen to stories told by David Stephens at the Westbourne Baptist Church Hall tomorrow between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

Meanwhile Spanish and Thai food will be the focus of a food festival at The White Horse in Westbourne this Sunday.

Or head to Emsworth on Sunday as there will be a family cycle ride, treasure trail and picnic at the recreation car park on Horndean Road.

The festival runs until September 30. For more information about Wemsfest 2012, go to

A trio of events are taking place on Hayling Island this week.

A Second World War heritage trail will be opened tomorrow at the Hayling Island Station Theatre with a display of veteran vehicles.

On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, there will be the chance to see an original COPP (Combined Operations Pilotage Parties) canoe and the Newtown House Hotel exhibition between 11am and 5pm.

The following day at 11.30am, at the COPP memorial, Patricia Countess Mountbatten CBE will lay a wreath.