Notorious Navvies at Fort Nelson

20 Feb to 24 Feb
  • Notorious Navvies at Fort Nelson
  • Notorious Navvies at Fort Nelson

Portsdown Hill Road


PO17 6AN

Head to Fort Nelson this half term for tonnes of fun for the kids with ‘navvy challenges’ and traditional Victorian crafts.

Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson during February half term and find out about the people who built Fort Nelson - the navvies. There will be tonnes of fun for the kids with 'navvy challenges' and traditional Victorian crafts, plus you can find out about the work of Florence Nightingale.

Junior Navvy Challenge: Teams of young navvies will explore the Fort with their very own '19th century navvy', Bill, who will show them some of the incredible construction features of Fort Nelson. Then the hard work begins and the apprentices will have a go at wheelbarrow races, constructing keystone arches and loads more. But will they earn their pay?

Victorian make and take crafts: Families are invited to get creative in a Victorian make and take workshop.

Insight session, Florence: Visit the fort's hospital gallery and discover the pioneering work of the 'Lady with the Lamp'. Visitors will have the opportunity to examine the contents of a replica medical bag and find out what life would have been like in the sick bay for Victorian garrison soldiers.

Junior Navvie Challenge: 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm. Price £3.50 per child (3-12 years). Maximum 16 per session.

Victorian make and take crafts: 10.30 - 4pm. Child (3-12 years) £2.50. Suitable for families

Insight session: Florence: 12.30 and 3.15pm. Free

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