Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress unveils its brand new ‘Faces of the Fort’ this weekend with an explosive two day launch event of gun powder, re-enactments and drills this weekend (25-26 March).
The 200-year-old seafront fortress will be celebrating its new look exhibition and recent transformation back to its 1800’s heyday, with a weekend of combatting soldiers, battlefield surgery and costumed interpreters. (You can see the Eastbourne Buzz preview here)
Creating a living re-enactment of the 1800 – 1900’s, recent works have taken the fortress back to its early beginnings, revealing some fascinating original features, while the ‘Faces of the Fort’ tell the real stories behind the many residents who lived there.
From a peek through tank-cam into the underground water tanks, to a real log fire in the working fireplace, the atmosphere of the building has been transformed through 18th century engineering, even using its very own original, in-built heating system.
Recreating the sights and sounds of a working fortress, visitors can discover the barracks, latrines and even a Victorian school room, while also following in the footsteps of a real life Redoubt resident, discovering their role, the challenges they faced and their fate.
Children will be able to get hands on with construction, creative fun and uniform and kit to try on, while twice daily tours reveal some of the hidden highlights such as the spooky stairs, latrines and moat caponiers.
The fortress continues with a lively programme of events, including Easter crafts and a children’s trail from 1 – 16 April and free stargazing on the evening of 1 April.
Celebrating the Year of Literary Heroes, film screenings and events will mark 125 years of Sherlock Holmes and one of Eastbourne’s favourite literary visitors Lewis Carroll.
Even more spooky Twilight Ghost Tours return in the Autumn along with a range of film screenings, each shown in a spectacular themed recreation of the original film set.
Photo credit: Heritage Eastbourne