Fortress hosting Great War event


THE ICONIC Redoubt Fortress will stage a string of historical re-enactments this Saturday and Sunday.

The seafront attraction is holding a Great War Weekend, with families invited to head down and take part in a host of hands-on activities at the fortress between 10am and 4pm on both days.

Organisers of the event hope it will give both young and old the opportunity to discover more about the war.

And, mindful of the hugely popular West End smash War Horse, the line-up will include the chance to finding out first hand what war horses did in the war by meeting the men and horses of the Essex Yeomanry.

The weekend intends to bring 1914 to 1918 to life and there will be a wealth of real World War I uniforms, kit and equipment, which were worn and used by the soldiers themselves, to handle and try on.

Families will also have the chance to try and send their own coded messages using historic trench signalling equipment and have a go at making their own dog tag.

There will be a trench art workshop and in-character actors playing Edwardian ladies and soldiers, all hoping to help bring the fortress to life.

And as if that was not enough, there will be talks, tours and much more – including a film night.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Redoubt is teaming up with Film Spot to host a screening of A Very Long Engagement – a quirky romantic French film from the director of Amélie which tells of Mathilde’s search for her fiancé supposedly killed on the Somme. This screening will be ticketed separately from the day time event.

A combined event and museum day ticket for an adult is £6, £5 for seniors and £4 children. Or for the whole weekend an adult costs £10, seniors £8 and children £6. Film Spot tickets are £5 and £4 for concessions.

For tickets and more information see or 410300.