Fort Widley
  • Fort Widley

  • Event Date : Saturday, 09 February 2013
  • Start Time  : 8pm
  • End Time    : 2am
  • Address      : Portsmouth PO6 3LS

About this location

Due to the fast sell out of our December event at this amazing location we have decided to host a new year event.

Construction of Fort Purbrook, which, together with its 2 outposts of Farlington and Crookhorn Redoubts, formed the easternmost end of a line of fortified defences against French attacks on Portsmouth both by land and sea, was completed in 1870.

The threat of invasion diminished and, with developments in munitions technology and consequent mode of warfare, the Forts, which were the result of huge financial investment, became outdated and were given the name Palmerston's Folly after the Prime Minister at the time. During WW1 it was armed with anti-aircraft guns and thereafter was used as a siege artillery barracks. The army left the site in 1925, but in WW11 it became a centre for civil defence, an ambulance base and an important barracks. Throughout all these years, Fort Purbrook, thankfully, never faced enemy attack.

After the war the Fort played host to a naval navigational school. Will the ghosts, which surely must remain on this historical site, help us navigate our way through the main buildings and the incredible underground tunnels?

Today, as well as an activity centre, this Fort houses many original features including canons, gun ports, original stenciled signs and visible firing slots in and around the V shaped barracks, not to mention the tunnels which led from the central parade ground to ammunition stores and magazines. Will we experience the whispered voices, shadow figures, moaning, knocking sounds and trigger object movement as well as feelings of unease and of being watched which have been reported on site ? We do hope you can join us on what should be an incredible paranormal investigation night.

Included on this event

  • Parking
  • Use Of Equipment
  • Refreshments