Victorian Fun Fair to return to Fort Nelson

June 14, 2022

Roll up, roll up! Enjoy the fun of the fair in the perfect Victorian setting of Fort Nelson. 

Traditional rides of a steam carousel, swing boats, a Ferris wheel and a pepper-pot helter-skelter will be in full swing on Saturday June 18 and June 19.

A coconut shy, tin-can alley and a traditional test-your-strength machine will be amongst fairground stalls as well as a fortune teller and a Victorian photo booth to capture memories of the fair weekend. 

Children can take on the challenge of our assault course whilst Victorian costumed characters roam the fair talking to visitors with three performances during the day.

Fort Nelson held a Victorian fair last year to mark 150 years of soldiers arriving at the fort and due to its huge success, the event is being repeated this year.

Tickets cost £10 per person to include unlimited rides, the assault course as well as parking and entry to the museum. Book at 

The event is free for under 3s and children under 1.2m high will need to be accompanied on the rides. This year we have two rides especially for toddlers. 

Bookings must be made in advance as capacity is limited with arrival times on tickets between 10am and 2pm but visitors can stay as long as they wish once on site. Fort Nelson will close at 5pm.

Refreshments will be available from our café, outdoor kiosk and a candy floss stall.  

The Parade Ground will be closed to non-ticket holders for the weekend of the event. But the museum will be open as usual for visitors to discover the history of Fort Nelson. 

Elizabeth Puddick, Public Engagement Manager, said: “The fair was such a success last year that we wanted to repeat the event. 

“The Victorian fort is a unique backdrop for the rides so do come along and enjoy the fun of the fair – but remember to book in advance as numbers are limited.”