This month's Storytime session at Fort Nelson is heading to the land of tulips, windmills, clogs and bicycles. That's right, the theme for February's storytime is Amazing Amsterdam. On the third Wednesday of every month, Fort Nelson present a free story telling session for families. For the last few months the themes have focussed on different countries around the world, including Japan, Italy, England and France.
The story time sessions are interactive and combine opportunities for both stories and play. This means children aren't just listening to stories, but they're really learning more about the different themes. Each story time features two different stories. The stories aren't announced in advance, but there are a few they might choose from. The Hole in the Dike is a book by about a little boy who helps save Holland from a flood, the retelling by Norma Green features illustrations by Eric Carle. Another version of the same story is The Boy Who Held Back the Sea. Or there's The Cow Who Fell in the Canal about Hendricka, a cow who runs away from her farm and goes on an exploration through Dutch canals and towns. Whatever the chosen books, they'll be accompanied by toys inspired by the 'Amazing Amsterdam' theme that will help inspire creative play.
The Storytime sessions at Fort Nelson are completely free and do not need to be booked in advance. To join the session head to the visitor centre at 11am. The session runs for around 40 minutes, giving you plenty of time to explore everything else once you're done. For more information about the other activities available at Fort Nelson, visit their website. Entry is free and there are many different things to explore at the old fort.
Fort Nelson is in Portchester, it's about 17 miles east of Southampton. The fort is part of the UK's Royal Armouries, Britain's national museum of arms and armour. There are two other Royal Armouries in the UK: the National Museum of Arms and Armour in Leeds, and the Tower of London.