Spooky goings on at Fort Nelson for Halloween


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HALLOWEEN horrors await at the spooky surroundings of Fort Nelson this half-term.

From ghoulish craft activities to Halloween tours and treasure hunts – the new-look Royal Armouries museum on Portsdown Hill has lined up a creepy programme for all the family.

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said: ‘Fort Nelson is a fantastically atmospheric place to stage our Halloween events, thanks to the underground tunnels and the fully-restored Victorian buildings.

‘Some local people are even convinced we have a few resident ghosts.’

Events run from Saturday, October 27, to Sunday, November 4, and include a spooky treasure hunt, seasonal children’s craft activities, including make-and-take sessions to create spiders, monsters, masks and bats, plus special spooky boxes, costing £2 per child, and spooky tours for £3 per person, Monday to Friday only.

The 25-pounder Howitzer gun, dating from the Second World War is fired daily at noon and 3pm on the parade ground.

Museum entrance is free and visitors can explore the 19-acre Victorian Fort, complete with underground tunnels and brand new galleries, showcasing the national collection of big guns. There’s also the chance to visit Café 1871, offering hot and cold snacks, plus Halloween treats.

For more details about Halloween, and all upcoming Fort Nelson activities and events, visit royalarmouries.org