Farm at the Fort Nelson– free half term fun in Hampshire

January 18, 2024

Come and meet Gregory the goat and his friends at a mobile petting farm at Fort Nelson this February half term – free event. 

Farm at the Fort will take place from Monday 12 – Saturday 17 February with a mixture of animals and birds, including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and a donkey.

Children will be able to meet the animals from the Mill Cottage Farm Experience, enjoy farm-themed craft activities and free face painting.

Younger visitors will also be able to explore the 19-acre Victorian fort by hunting for a fun farm trail, which will take place from Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 February. 

Fort Nelson was a farm back in the 1930s under the ownership of William John Tattershall, so the farm is a nod back to the fort’s past. 

Tickets need to be booked in advance online at as capacity is limited due to a small car park on site. 

Fort Nelson is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery so visitors will be able to discover the collection during their visit. The café will also be open for snacks and light refreshments. 

Elizabeth Puddick, Public Engagement Manager, said: “Having a farm onsite will transport us back in time to the 1930s when Captain William Tattershall used the parade ground to house a selection of animals.

“It is a free event, but we do ask that visitors book their tickets in advance online to reserve their space. We are very excited to welcome the mobile petting farm to Fort Nelson.”

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