TRAVEL back in time and experience what life was like at Weymouth's Nothe Fort during the Victorian era.

On September 7 and 8, visitors will be transported to 1872, when Queen Victoria sat on the throne of England. With re-enactors from the Nothe Fort Artillery, the event promises an informative day for all the family, with interactive living history and a chance to learn about the military stationed at the fort during the 19th century. Demonstrations including the Ceremony of the Keys and firings of muskets and canons will also feature.

Steven Booth, marketing manager at Nothe Fort, said: "This is one of our tried and tested events which proves extremely popular with all our visitors and includes lots of gun fire, military drills and re-enactment activity. This is also a good opportunity for our more senior visitors interested in the Victorian period."

The construction of the Nothe Fort began in 1860. The job was given to 26 Company Royal Engineers, and some 50 sappers completed the task, using a myriad of great 12-inch-square oak scaffold poles carrying steam gantries and cranes. Construction was finished in 1872.

The artillery weekend is open from 10.30am each day. Normal entry charges and annual passes to Nothe Fort apply.