Right of the Line

Artillery on Parade

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Date(s) - 30/07/2016 - 31/07/2016
11:00 - 16:00

Fort Nelson



  • Starts at: 11:00am Saturday 30 July 2016
  • Finishes at: 4:00pm Sunday 31 July 2016
  • Location: Fort Nelson
  • Venue: Parade
  • Suitable for: Everyone
  • Event type: Themed weekend

Experience the power and might of the big guns during this action-packed weekend of live firings of historic artillery from the Napoleonic period through to the Second World War and beyond.

As well as the excitement of live firings, there will be talks, film shows and object-handling sessions plus static displays and military vehicles.

There will also be the opportunity to have a go at loading and firing a Victorian field gun.

Our younger visitors can join in the fun on our Junior Assault Course. (All day admission to the assault course is included with a child’s Artillery on Parade ticket).

Cafe 1871 will be serving freshly brewed teas and barista-style coffee, light meals and snacks throughout the day as well as ice creams and refreshments out on The Parade.

Programme of events

Artillery on Parade 30th/31st July (Provisional)


  • Era of the Horse 30 to 12.00 hrs


6 pdr                       4 Rounds each for the Muzzle Loaders


18pdr                           5 Rounds each for the Breech  Loaders

Georgian                    Actual Georgian Gun  TBC


    2)   Mechanism           13.00 to 13.30 hrs


18/25pdr                         5 Rounds each for Breech Loaders


25pdr (Sexton)

105 Pack How


  • Anti Tank  30 to 15.00 hrs





25pdr ?


4)   Finale                          16.00 hrs


18pdr                                4 Rounds + 2 Rounds for 2 Min. Silence


64pdr fired by P A V during intervals from the main firing programme


Drills and firings will be performed by the Fort’s own volunteer groups, the Ubique Right of the Line and the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, as well as Garrison Artillery Volunteers (Royal Artillery Larkhill),

Royal Armouries reserves the right to change the programme without prior notification.

The museum and the national collection of artillery and historic cannon will be open as usual to non-event visitors.