Saturday Special - 28th October
Fort Nelson, NMOC Coastguard, Laverstoke Mill
A bus took us from the Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross at 08.30 on this day trip and returned us there about 19.00. The trip cost £28, which covered the cost of the bus, all admissions and the cocktail at the end of the Gin Distillery tour.
In the morning, 20 people were first be dropped off to visit the new NMOC Coastguard centre near Fareham (10.30 - 12.15). After that visit they joined the rest of the group at Fort Nelson for lunch.
Those people not going to the Coastguard were 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. 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.
About 14.15 we all departed on the bus for Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire Distillery. We had 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.