Rocket Week

Children’s craft and drawing activities all week and tours of the New Battery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Prospero, the first British satellite

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

To celebrate the launch of Prospero, the first British satellite launched after rocket testing on Highdown and the New Battery, 50 years ago on 28 October 1971, The Needles Old and New Battery is to have a ‘Rocket Week’. There’s children’s craft and drawing activities all week and on the anniversary, the 28 October, a tour by one of the original engineers who worked on the project of the rocket testing control room at the New Battery and the nearby Highdown Test Site. Have a go at re-creating toy models of the BLACK ARROW rocket which was built on the Isle of Wight and launched Prospero into space.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down

Prices

Admission free

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Contact Info

Name
Fort Manager
Email
needlesoldbattery@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01983 754772

Upcoming events

Rocket Week

Mon 20 Sep 2021
11:00-16:00
Children’s craft and drawing activities all week and tours of the New Battery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Prospero, the first British satellite

Soldier trail

Thu 30 Sep 2021
10:30-17:00
Fun for children at the Needles Old Battery this autumn

Shipwreck Trail

Fri 01 Oct 2021
10:30-17:00
Become a shipwreck detective and solve the clues around the Old Battery