History in the making at Reigate Fort next weekend

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Reigate Fort will be home to the 10th Essex Living History Group next weekend.

For next Saturday and Sunday (June 7 and 8), the group will be recalling the local landmark's history through the Reigate Fort Garrison Days.

The days, which are being mounted by the National Trust, will include displays of marching and military practice of yesteryear, as well as gunfire and explosions, and will run from 10am to 4pm.

Catering will be available from 9am to 5pm in the Wray Lane car park, Reigate, where picnic tables and toilets will also be available.

People are advised to wear suitable clothing for the weather and to park at Wray Lane car park, which is free, off Junction 8 of the M25, from where it is a short walk to the fort.

Booking is not required with entry, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, payable direct to the National Trust at the gate.

The event is not suitable for dogs, other than Assistance Dogs.

Reigate Fort is accessible by wheelchair from Wray Lane car park.

For more details, visit the website at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/reigate-hill-and-gatton-park/things-to-see-and-do/events/ Alternatively, call National Trust Reigate, North Downs East, on 01342 843225, or email: reigate@nationaltrust.org.uk Reigate Fort, which was built in 1898 to protect London from an attack by the French which never came, and which was used in World War One for ammunition storage, has been looked after by the National Trust since 1932, and was restored in 2000.

Its ramparts are open daily, but access into the fort’s buildings is restricted.

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