Events at Hurst Castle

 

Saturday 19th April at 1200

Grand Opening of WWII Exhibition

The Hon. Ralph Montagu will officially open the new World War II display room at Hurst Castle this coming Saturday at 12 o'clock.

The emphasis of this new exhibition is on D-Day and the importance of the local area in the run up to the Invasion.

Exhibits are kindly being loaned from the following supporters:

BEAULIEU ESTATE
EXBURY ESTATE
BEAULIEU HISTORY SOCIETY
BOLDRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MILFORD-ON-SEA HISTORICAL RECORD SOCIETY
FRIENDS OF NEW FOREST AIRFIELDS
MIKE REED
TOM SMITH

Do come and join us for the Grand Opening of this exciting new exhibition!

 

Saturday 19 April - Sunday 20 April 2014

Bletchley Park Code Breakers weekend at Hurst castle

Have a 'cracking' party with the Code Breakers at Hurst Castle.  

Easter 1944 and the South Coast has the feeling something big is about to happen. In complete secrecy at Bletchley Park men and women are hard at work decoding the top secret messages flowing between Hitler and his Generals. A huge new machine has been invented to help them with their colossal task, aptly named ‘Colossus’ it is the world’s first electronic computer and built from post office spare parts. It heralds the beginning of the modern computer age we live in.   After deciphering some vital information that enables Allied commanders to set the date for D-Day, it’s time for the code breakers to finish work and enjoy a drink and song at the pub.  

That’s the scenario for the Home Front History event at Hurst Castle, Milford-on- Sea, Hampshire over the Easter weekend.   The event will now be staged in memory of Captain Jerry Roberts from Liphook who recently died at the age of 93. Jerry was part of the team at Bletchley Park that cracked German High Command codes ahead of the D-Day landings including Hitler's personal code.  

The Garrison Theatre will become the “Victory Arms” pub where the code breakers of Bletchley Park relax after a hard day’s code cracking. Hurst Castle visitors are invited to join them for a 1940’s sing song.

The show is free and there will be one show on Saturday 19th at 14.00 and three on Sunday 20th at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00.

In between shows visitors can see a demonstration of the “unbreakable” Enigma code machine and have photographs taken with it and “The Code breakers”.

Author Philomena Liggins will also be signing copies of her new Bletchley Park book available with a limited edition Home Front stamp issue from Bletchley Park Post Office.

 

 

Evening visits for clubs and groups

Departing Keyhaven on the ferry at 6.00pm and a guided tour of the castle on arrival at Hurst. Supper and a glass of wine in the WWII gunners theatre - the only garrison theatre remaining in the world - and arriving back at Keyhaven for around 9.15pm.

From £16 per head, including return ferry, Castle admission, guided tour, supper and a glass of wine.

For pre-arranged groups of: minimum 30; maximum 90

Corporate Events

Hurst Castle is the perfect setting for all types of corporate events, team building and water-based activities centre. Catering facilities available by our own on-site based staff. The area is so special that it is even used by the Royal Marines for their training exercises.

Wedding Receptions, Anniversaries and Special Celebrations

The Tudor Castle is a unique venue for a special occasion. Several areas can be decorated to suit your own theme or just enjoy the atmosphere of the Henry VIII centre keep or master gunner's room.

Wedding Reception photos © Focal Pix Photography