The Solent Forts Experience
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With most of us living in cities and working in offices it’s easy to forget the fact that we live on an island - and how much this little detail has shaped our history, our culture and our sense of who we are. Set foot on one of our amazing forts in the Solent and you literally see our whole country from an entirely different angle and instantly reconnect with our unique nautical heritage.
Winston Churchill referred to us as “The Island Race”, and our unique position, with access to the sea on all sides, has made us a very outward looking nation. This made us vulnerable to invasion, from Romans, Vikings, Normans, Spanish, French and Germans, so very early on we invested in what became the world’s mightiest fleet. Then, believing attack to be the best form of defence, we built the biggest trading and military empire the world has ever seen.
At the height of this success, when Britannia truly ruled the waves, Lord Palmerston ordered the construction of three Solent forts to protect our most important naval base from uppity Napoleon III.
The Solent Forts Experience
These forts now form part of the Amazing Venues collection. No Man’s Land Fort is being refurbished to provide a unique venue for inspirational events and Horse Sands Fort is being turned into a museum and living heritage centre. Spitbank Fort has already been transformed into a supremely luxurious cocoon of indolence and indulgence – created to provide every possible comfort it gives the fortunate few a unique taste of life at sea at a time when everyone of good breeding understood that posh meant Port Out Starboard Home.
From the moment you arrive at our departure lounge in Gosport, and are piped aboard by your skipper, you leave the world of ordinary bobbing in your wake. Whether it’s surveying the passing yachts from the sun deck and hot pool with a chilled bottle of Champagne, toasting the sunset with a gin & tonic up in the Crow’s Nest, playing Master & Commander with rum cocktails in the Victory Bar, sitting down to a dinner fit for the First Sealord in the Officer’s Mess, or getting the adrenalin pumping with a rib blast across the ocean wave, the experience will be a unique and exclusive one you’ll be enthusiastically talking about for years.
To book your very own Solent Forts Experience, call 0330 333 7 222 or send us an enquiry.
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Royal Clarence Marina,
Weevil Way, Gosport,
Bookings & Enquiries: +44 (0)330 333 7 222
Local Venue Information: +44 (0)2392 513 887
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