Saturday Special - 28th October
Fort Nelson, NMOC Coastguard (full),Laverstoke Mill
A bus will take us from the Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross at 08.30 on this day trip and return us there about 18.30.
The trip costs £28, which covers the cost of the bus, all admissions and the cocktail at the end of the Gin Distillery tour.
In the morning, up to 20 people will first be dropped off to visit the new NMOC Coastguard centre near Fareham (10.30 - 12.15). That part of the trip is now full.
Those people not going to the Coastguard will be taken to the Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, near Fareham. This recently updated museum has excellent displays, a very large and interesting site on Portsdown Hill and fine views over Portsmouth Harbour. A howitzer gun is fired daily at 13.00.
In addition to the large area of restored tunnels and ramparts, there are many varied exhibits on miltary life through the ages and a wide variety of artillery is on display. Interesting contemporary items include part of the Saddam Hussein supergun which was intercepted during the gulf war.
The cafe is open all day and those who visited the coastguard will join us here for lunch. You can purchase your lunch in the cafe or bring your own sandwiches (please buy something in the cafe, if you bring your own lunch).
About 14.15 we shall all depart on the bus for Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire Distillery. We shall have the Discovery tour of the distillery, which includes a choice of cocktails for you to enjoy.There is an impressive glasshouse which produces the specialised botanicals that are used to flavour the gin recipes, an exhibition on the production of gin and the distillery itself.
Please note Laverstoke Mill is a working distillery so they insist that guests wear suitable footwear. Guests wearing open-toed shoes or high heels will not be able to enter the Still House. The bus will leave Laverstoke Mill by 17.30 to return to Gerrards Cross.
Either, send names and contact details of people you are booking for with a cheque (£28 per person) to Paul Farrell, 8 Latchmoor Grove, Gerrards Cross SL9 8LN
NMOC Coastguard visit
National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) is the main UK coastguard centre and it is a secure site, not normally accessible to the public. If a major emergency occurs while we are there, we may have to curtail this part of our visit.
There will be a talk by a senior officer about the revised working arrangements of the coastguard, an opportunity to see the control room in action and plenty of time to ask questions. Tea and coffee will be available.