RCY Heritage Festival – Tales of Royal Clarence Yard (Event from 2016)
The Pump House Cafe (meeting point), Cooperage Green, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1FX
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.
Thurs & Fri tours are led by well-known and very amusing guide, Terry Hinkley. Sat & Sun tours are led by new (to us) heritage guide, Richard Bourke.
Tours last approx 1hr 30mins.
Thursday 8 September 1030 & 1330
Friday 9 September 1030 & 1330
Saturday 10 September 1300
Sunday 11 September 1300
Book on line
Level area (with some dropped curbs) 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 in Cooperage Green.
There is free parking for Blue Badge holders in North Meadows, subject to availability.
Parking is available in Cooperage Green, Weevil Lane, PO12 1AX. Pay and display parking is available at the Long Term car-park at the entrance to Weevil Lane and in local Gosport Council car parks.
Meet at the Pump House Cafe, on left side of Cooperage Green car park.