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
- Saturday 9 September: Tours at 1030 & 1330
- Sunday 10 September: Tours at 1030 & 1330
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BOOKINGS IN PERSON (for those who have no email account or would prefer someone else to book for them) at Gosport Discovery Centre on Saturday 19 Aug ONLY from 1000 (Note: TIC will NOT deal with any bookings on this day).
BOOKINGS BY TELEPHONE/EMAIL on Sunday 15 Aug from 1000 (Note: TIC will NOT be open for in person bookings on this day). Subsequent bookings (for those who have no email account or would prefer someone else to book for them), as long as they are available, during usual TIC opening Mon to Sat, 0930 to 1700.
Booking Contact: Gosport Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Call: 023 9252 2944
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.
Meet at the Pump House Cafe, on left side of Cooperage Green car park.