Become a Barrack Rat at Newhaven Fort

Become a Barrack Rat at Newhaven Fort


Ever wondered what life was really like growing up inside a military fort?

Well now you can find out by becoming a ‘Barrack Rat’ at Newhaven Fort this summer.

Follow in the footsteps of Lucy, Tom and Mary, three children who grew up in Newhaven Fort during the 19th century. The Fort was their home and playground and they spent their days exploring its arches and tunnels.

They knew the best routes and shortcuts making them the perfect people to help the soldiers who also lived here. Their job was to run errands around the Fort, being careful not to upset the Sergeant Major!

Using one of the new adventure trail booklets, follow in their footsteps to discover the Fort’s hidden secrets. Dress up in the Victorian clothes from the dressing up box – take a selfie for Mum & Dad. Will you collect enough points to become a Barrack Rat too?

This summer there’s also an ever-changing programme of events and activities; from open-air cinema and music hall to new First World War exhibitions and ghost walks.

Venture on to the ramparts and gun emplacements to soak up the stunning views, or journey underground to explore the tunnels buried beneath the impressive Victorian fortifications.

The Fort incorporates 10 acres of beautiful surroundings with plenty of room for your little ones to run around. Younger visitors can also enjoy the outdoor adventure playground. Well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome.

Each visit to Newhaven Fort offers something new and exciting – Don’t miss the realistic air-raid recreation in the Blitz Bomb Shelter, take your picture beside the huge on-site guns and enjoy an afternoon tea in the 1940s themed Tea Room.

All of the Fort’s exhibitions, the Tea Room and Shop are accessible. However, some of the tunnels and ramparts are not accessible due to the nature of the architecture and building structure.

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