Historic Fort Nelson unveils free Victorian Christmas event

VISITORS to an historic defence site are set to be taken back in time with a festive installation.

Tuesday, 18th December 2018, 9:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:09 am
Actors in Fort Nelson's kitchen

Fort Nelson in Portchester will transport revellers back to a Christmas scene from 1896 with a free event set to launch tomorrow, until January 4.

Visitors will be able to experience the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas '“ complimented by a series of costumed characters '“ including head cook Private Dobson as he prepares dishes for the inhabitants of the Fort.

The barrack room will be seasonally decorated with oranges, cloves and greenery and the  fort's original range will be lit. 

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As part of the experience, warm mulled wine and a non-alcoholic punch will be served to tour groups, along with one a freshly-baked mince pie.  

Tours of Fort Nelson are free and will take place at 11am, midday, 2pm and 3pm daily during the event. 

Mark Jackson, events and informal learning manager said: '˜The fort was built in the 1860s and has a long history of housing military volunteers and army officers.' He added: '˜It will be a great day out for all of the family to enjoy.' 

The fort will be open from 10am until 4pm daily during the event.