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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
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Cannon Firing
On again as part of the immensely popular History Festival is the opening of Fort Glanville at night.

Fort Glanville
Fort Glanville, Semaphore (©paula mcmanus)


It's a much-loved place for families and history buffs during their regular monthly open Sundays, but at night during History month, the mood is entirely different. The soft glow of candles and lamp lights provide an atmospheric tone to the old Fort and its many nooks and crannies. This darker environment also allows visitors to see the sparks and flashes of the powder filled cannons and musket guns. It's noisy, it's dark and it's a spectacular and affordable family night out.

For 2 hours from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Saturday 4th of May, the members of the Fort Glanville Historical Association will be in full attendance in period costumes and performing authentic reenactments of the drills of the South Australian Permanent Artillery Forces at the original site of 'B Company Battery' at Fort Glanville.

Fort Glanville
Fort Glanville, Semaphore (©paula mcmanus)


During the drills, the soldiers will fire their rifles and ignite the big guns: the 2lb Whitworth, 16lb and 64lb Armstrong cannons - the "Fiery-mouthed monsters!". Be prepared to stick your fingers in your ears because those big guns make a very big noise!

The underground tunnels and museum will be open too - this colonial-era military Fort is a fun place to let the kids explore and learn about our state's early history. The fort is (mostly) as it was since it was built in 1880 as a first line of defence for our country.

Entry costs start at just $5. Please note that there is no EFTPOS available - cash only is required for entry. This event is suitable for all ages and bookings are not required.

Fort Glanville
Fort Glanville, Semaphore (©paula mcmanus)


Parking is free with your admission ticket and you'll find lots of room for your car. Enter the carpark via the gate on Military Road, between the caravan park and the main visitor entrance.

Fort Glanville is easy to find. It's at 359 Military Road, Semaphore Park - directly next to the caravan park and located on the intersection of Bower Road.

Fort Glanville
Fort Glanville, Semaphore (©paula mcmanus)
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Why? A visit to Fort Glanville at night is a rare opportunity to see all the sparks and flashes of the powder filled cannons and musket guns as they're fired. It's noisy, it's dark and it's a spectacular and affordable family night out.
When: Saturday 4th May 2019. 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Where: Fort Glanville, 359 Military Road, Semaphore Park
Cost: Adults $10, Child/Concession $5, Family Pass $25. Cash only. No EFTPOS is available
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Love the photos Paula, it's a spectacular family event that's just brilliant!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11197) 38 days ago
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