Feeding the Navy – Rum, Beer & Biscuits
The Pump House Cafe (meeting point), Cooperage Green, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1AX
Learn about rioting drovers, press gangs and nightmarish pest control! The history of how the Royal Navy addressed the massive challenge of provisioning the fleet in times of war and peace from the Royal Clarence Naval Victualling Yard in Weevil Lane, Gosport, is fascinating (often both terrifying and amusing). Huge quantities of ale, rum, bread, meat and other provisions were produced from the Yard for the Royal Navy, using the newest technology of the times. Many of the original buildings survive to this day, including the Grade II* listed Bakery, Granary and Slaughterhouse, as well as the grand Ceremonial Arch.
Duration: approx 2 hrs
- Friday 7 September: 1200 (new guide, Sue Sawyer)
- Saturday 8 Setember: 1200 (new guide, Sue Sawyer)
- Sunday 9 September: 1030 (guide, Terry Hinkley)
- Friday 14 September: 1200 (new guide, Sue Sawyer)
- Saturday 15 September: 1200 (new guide, Sue Sawyer)
- Sunday 16 September: 1030 (guide, Terry Hinkley)
Book on line
Booking opens 18 August at 1000
Level area (with some dropped kerbs) so suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs. Some rest points along the way but feel free to bring a fold up chair or stool. Toilets and refreshments available on route. 4 hrs free parking in Cooperage Green.
Please arrive 15mins before start time.
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Meet at the Pump House Cafe, on left side of Cooperage Green car park.