Something for everyone at museums this half-term

A tunnel at Fort Nelson
A tunnel at Fort Nelson
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W e all meet new people every day, but this half-term the area’s attractions are offering the chance to meet some rather unusual characters.

At Fort Nelson, there’s an opportunity to spend time with some fun figures. Izzy Wizzy Witch, Nolan the Wizard and Count Von Tall are among the visitors entertaining families at the Victorian fort next week.

Meanwhile, at the Natural History Museum and City Museum, there’s an opportunity to meet a dinosaur doctor and wildlife experts.

On top of that, those who visit the D-Day Museum can have a chat with D-Day veterans.

There really is something (or someone) for everyone.

Fort Nelson’s Halloween-themed week of events kicks-off on Monday, with ghoulish craft activities, frightening fancy dress, ghostly story-telling and Horrible Hands on History.

The new-look museum on Portsdown Hill will have face-painting, pumpkin trails, make-and-take craft sessions, and spooky balloon sessions every day, each with a magical special guest.

What’s more, visitors can explore the 19-acre Victorian Fort, complete with underground tunnels, daily gun firings and brand new galleries, showcasing the national collection of big guns.

Museum entrance is free, but charges apply to some events.

Add some history to your arsenal at the D-Day Museum in Southsea next week, with talks from Normandy veterans.

Here, families can relive the events of D-Day through the colourful embroidery, films and an extensive display of personal memorabilia.

As a special event for half-term, there will be a chance to meet members of the Normandy Veterans’ Association Portsmouth branch and chat about their experiences on D-Day. Veterans will be available from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 2.30pm, and are more than happy to talk about their experiences. Admission costs £4.50 to £6.50.

Meanwhile, the city’s museums have a range of free activities and guests at a range of locations.

Use craft materials to make your own crown or castle in activities led by crafty characters at Southsea Castle on Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.

Join wildlife experts at the City Museum on Tuesday from noon to 3pm to learn about marine conservation.

Then, on Wednesday, from 11am until 3pm, there’s a bug hunt and chance to make your own bug model out of craft materials.

Finally, on Thursday from noon until 2pm, take part in dinosaur fun and games and handle real fossils with Dr Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum at Cumberland House.

Find out more about any of the above events by visiting the museums’ websites at and