The photograph on the left is of Paul Early the Victorian drummer who is appearing at the Old Battery on the 17th Jume
2012. To visit Paul's website click HERE.
If you require further information the Needles Old Battery can be contacted by using the links on the "Contact Us" page. Events can be dependent upon prevailing weather conditions, if you have doubts please phone 01983 754772 before travelling.
A list of events, at other National Trust properties on the Isle of Wight and elsewhere, can be found by searching the National Trust website.
|Sat 17 & Sun 18 March 12 noon - 2pm||Needles New Battery - Meet a Rocketman||Part of National Science & Engineering Week. Find out from the people who worked here about the part they played in 'Britain's Race for Space'. Former rocketmen will be on hand to answer your questions about the rockets that were tested at the site between the 1950s and 70s. These include the rocket which launched the satellite Prospero over 40 years ago. Free admission|
|Sun 18 March 10.30am - 4pm||Needles Old Battery - Make mum's day||Free entry for accompanied mums plus ration book food tasting. Make mum's day this Mothering Sunday by taking her to the Needles Old Battery where she can enjoy free entry when accompanied by one or more of her children. Then sample some WW2 favourites and look at meal planning 1940s style. Mums can also enjoy a free slice of Victoria sponge when purchasing a drink in the tearoom.|
|Tuesdays in May (1,8,15,22,29) 2:00pm||Needles Old Battery - Behind closed doors||Meet Hannah our Custodian and find out what goes on behind the scenes at the Needles Old Battery|
|Tuesdays in June (5, 12, 19, 26) 2:00pm||Needles Old Battery - The Big Bang: Guns & gunpowder||A short talk and a chance to ask questions about the guns on the Parade Ground\|
|Sun 17 June||Needles Old Battery- Make dad's day||Make dad's day by taking him to the Needles Old Battery where he can enjoy free entry when accompanied by one or more of his children. Then watch our Victorian drummer demonstrate how commands were given on the battlefield before the days of radio and mobile phones. Afterwards dads can enjoy a free piece of bread pudding when they purchase a drink in the tea room. Meet on the Parade Ground at noon|
|Saturday 30 June 6.30am - 11am||Needles Old Battery - Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast||Enjoy a hearty breakfast whilst watching the yachts round the Needles Rocks. Additional charge for breakfast items.|
|Tuesdays in July 2pm||Needles Old Battery - The World War 2 Suitcase of History||The Needles Old Battery and New Battery (in Isle of Wight). Help the Custodian unpack our suitcase of history. Will you be able to recognise its contents? Or perhaps you can recall using similar ones when growing up? Come along and hear their histories and add your recollections to ours.|
|Fridays in August 2:30pm||Needles Old Battery -Welcome talks||Meet Hannah our Custodian in the Cartridge Store at the Needles Old Battery for a brief introduction to the site and its history.|
|Wednesday 15 August 12noon - 3.30pm (tbc)||Needles Old Battery - World War 2 Day with the Home Front Friends||The Needles Old Battery and New Battery (in Isle of Wight). Come and meet Harry & Edna who will be demonstrating the highlights of life from the WW2 Home Front. From rationing to the Home Guard there will be something to for all ages.|