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Invasion at Fort Nelson: Saxons v Vikings

27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019

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Address: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Portchester, Fareham, UK PO17 6AN
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Fort Nelson was built as part of England‘s defences against the threat of attack from our neighbours across the sea.  Over a thousand years ago, Saxon king Alfred the Great was creating his own strategic coastal defences here — against the Vikings! He built a fleet to counter them at sea, and along the high points of this coastline a network of beacons and mounted patrols were ever watchful for the dreaded sight of Viking sails on the horizon.

Come and find out more in this action-packed weekend.

  • Experience the daily lives of Saxons and Vikings in our Living History encampment
  • Meet the warriors
  • Watch combat demonstrations
  • Have-a-go at being a warrior
  • Meet their horses
  • Discover how both sides used cavalry in battle
  • Examine a Viking sailing vessel up close
  • Find out how the Saxons fought the Vikings at sea
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Admission is free, parking £3.

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10am – 5pm

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Access for wheelchair users

Adapted toilet

Level access toilet

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