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Explosive Opening Weekend Unveils New Faces of the Fortress

Redoubt Residents

22 March 2017

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 on 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.

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.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We’re reawakening the fortress this year with some dramatic and exciting events, providing a much more authentic and immersive experience. From heinous crimes in the creepy cells to science events and even planning your own invasion – there is plenty to keep you hooked on history.”

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.

Events for 2017 include:

Easter Crafts & Trail    1 – 16 April
Free Stargazing    1 April, 28 Oct, 25 Nov, (20 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 Mar 2018)
Culture & Cake talks    15 April, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 12 Aug, 16 Sept
Young Frankenstein Film Screening    27 May
Science Week    29 May – 2 June
Ghostbusters Film & Ectoplasm Making Workshop    3 June
Armed Forces Day    25 June
The Fort Awakens: re-enactment weekend    5 – 6 Aug
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines film screening    18 Aug
Twilight Ghost Tours    21 – 29 Oct
The Exorcist Film Screening    31 Oct
The Hound of the Baskervilles film screening    18 Nov

The Redoubt opens 10am to 5pm every day, entry to the building costs £4.50 per adult and £2.50 per child and includes twice daily tours.

Entry is free to the parade ground, gun platform and cannons, vintage themed Outpost café and shop. For more information visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.

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