Fireworks at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

As experts on firepower and explosives, this year’s Fireworks at The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower looks set to be even bigger and better than before.

The sky above Explosion at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport will be lit up with an array of colours, timed with music on October 30th for the family-friendly event.

There will be so much to see and do, including a fire-performer, bonfire, fairground, food and drink stalls, bouncy castle, face painters and free entry to Explosion.

Director of Visitor Experience at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, John Rawlinson, said: “This is a hugely popular event. Explosion is the perfect setting for a bonfire and fireworks display and Portsmouth Harbour makes for a stunning backdrop.”

Explosion is an award-winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport, Hampshire.

The museum is housed in a group of listed buildings which centre around the original powder magazine of 1771.

The event starts at 5pm and the fireworks start at 7pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for children (under 5s go free) and £15 for a family ticket (up to two adults and three children). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets sold on the night will be cash only. All Attraction Tickets and discount vouchers
are not valid for this event.

To book your tickets call 023 9250 5600 or Book online


‘Nelson nut’ Kate to wave Victory flag at summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

• Nelson enthusiast Kate Jamieson taking modern HMS Victory flag to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
• She is raising money for Guillain-Barré and Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN), a charity which supports those affected by Guillain-Barré Syndrome and other associated inflammatory neuropathies

A self-confessed ‘Nelson Nut’ has been handed a modern HMS Victory flag by The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to wave when she reaches the top of a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

Kate Jamieson, 26, who appeared on Mastermind in 2013 on the subject of Lord Nelson, visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to be given the flag on board Victory.

“I was told to take something personal with me to the summit. A lot of people take football flags, shirts but I think given my background and love of naval history, and where Victory is where it all began, this is probably one of the few objects that would sum me up as a person!”

Kate visited Victory when she was a child, picking up a museum book on Nelson. She said she found him fascinating.

She added: “For one man, he managed to leave a huge mark in history and he led a very interesting life.”

The NMRN’s Head of Heritage Development, Nick Hewitt, said: “We love to inspire people, like Kate, and for them to take something special away from visiting any of the museum’s attractions.

“It’s fantastic she has chosen to take on this climb for charity and we wish her all the best. We look forward to seeing her with our Victory flag at the summit!”

Kate, who’s living in Eastleigh, will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit on October 10. The climb is expected to last around six days from start to finish. She is doing it for charity, in memory of a relative who passed away recently.

She has been doing 10 mile walks and intensive gym sessions to get in shape for the big climb.

She returns in time for Trafalgar Day on October 21.

Kate wants to raise more than £500 for a charity called the Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN), which supports those affected by Guillain-Barré Syndrome and other associated inflammatory neuropathies.

For more information on the charity, visit:
To find out more about Kate’s climb, visit her blog:

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