Visitors to Newhaven Fort will be able to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of bygone times as part of our ‘Exploring History Weekend (May 27th-29th).
As well as guided history tours, there will also be the chance to get to grips with a variety of military and historic artefacts associated with the fort and the opportunity to sample a selection of dishes based on archive recipes.
Among the tasty treats on offer will be ANZAC biscuits; a sweet, hard tack biscuit, popular with soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.
The Fort will also be playing host to two World War Two re-enactment groups; Tommies and Token Americans who aim to authentically portray the life of allied paratroopers with a mix of original and reproduction military vehicles alongside an extensive arsenal of deactivated and replica weapons.
They are being joined by Deco in Style who will be recreating an RAF Station Operations Room in 1940 during the height of the Battle of Britain.
The group use interactive sound effects; including pilot radio communications, air raid sirens, aeroplane engines, bombs falling and noises of explosions to bring the experience vividly to life.
There will also be a vintage tractor which forms part of a display on agriculture and the work undertaken by the land girls during WWII.
MAY HALF TERM ACTIVITIES
Welcome to the Workhouse – May 30th to June 2nd
Travel back in time to a Newhaven Workhouse to discover what life was like for the less fortunate children of the Victorian era and try your hand at some of the jobs children were expected to do in days gone by. There will be daily prizes for the best dressed ‘urchin’ and come prepared to get a little bit grubby.
Sessions run from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and are included as part of the admission price. Suitable for ages 7-12 (younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult at all times). Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
Wave Outdoor Adventure Camp – May 30th and June 1st
The Fort will be transformed into an Outdoor Adventure Camp for youngsters with a host of activities ranging from archery and orienteering to scavenger hunts and shelter building on offer for children aged 8-13 years.
Running from 9 am-midday and 1 pm – 4 pm on both days the sessions cost £10 per child. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
Cloaked in mystery and protected by impressive ramparts, Newhaven Fort has been keeping its secrets safely hidden for almost 150 years.
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