A ROYAL Navy Lynx helicopter, armoured vehicles and dozens of commandos will invade the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney next week.
The event will see the museum and its grounds transformed into a recreation of an Afghanistan base for families to experience what life is like on the front line.
Visitors will be able to clamber aboard the Lynx aircraft, sit in military vehicles and have a go at operating a remote-controlled mine clearance vehicle used to remove roadside bombs.
There will also be an assault course, climbing wall, paintballing, first aid drills and ration pack cookery lessons to get to grips with, as well as combat displays from the elite professionals.
And award-winning film-maker Chris Terrill will be there to talk about his time with 42 Commando in Helmand last year when he was filming his popular Channel 5 series Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan.
Clare Chapman, of the Royal Marines Museum, said: ‘The event is an opportunity to experience what life is like for Royal Marines in Afghanistan and to have some hands-on fun with all the family.
‘This is a unique event in that it’s being driven by the corps.
‘We’ll have 50 marines here and they’ll be demonstrating and allowing people to use the equipment they’ve been using in Afghanistan.
‘People often perceive museums to be all about history, but in our museum we’re also about the living history of what marines are doing today.
‘We’re always adding to our collection and it will be great to have the guys here at the museum to share their experiences of Afghanistan.’
The museum’s Destination Afghanistan event is from 10am to 5pm on Thursday.
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children aged under 12 and £3 for under-fives.
Call (023) 9281 9385, or visit the event website atroyalmarinesmuseum.co.uk/da