Step back into a Victorian age at Christmas-themed Fort Nelson event

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Families can be transported back to a Victorian Christmas at Fort Nelson, which is offering tours of areas in the fort which are not normally open to the public.

Step back in time to the 1870s to meet Sergeant Dobson, the head cook and his helper as they prepare dishes for a Victorian Christmas feast for the inhabitants of the fort.

The barrack room will be festively decorated with oranges and cloves and greenery, the original range will be lit and the smell of cooking will fill the air.

Visitors can see the difference between the Christmas fare for men and officers and learn more about how they would have lived at the fort.

As part of the experience, warm mulled wine, mince pies and a non-alcoholic punch will be served to the tour group.

The event runs from Saturday, December 19 to Wednesday, December 23.

Activities run at 11am, midday, 2pm and 3pm and sessions can be booked in advance or on arrival at the cost of £3.50 per person (age five upwards).

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Museum entrance and parking are free and there are 19 acres to explore at the Fort, complete with underground tunnels and a daily gun firing at 1pm.

Fort Nelson is also running a family adventure trail designed to blow away the cobwebs from 10.30am to 4pm from Sunday, December 27 to Sunday, January 3. The café will be open serving hot drinks and warming snacks.