HMS Collingwood Open Day 6th June 2015

On Saturday 6 June 2015 the most spectacular event will take place at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire when the establishment opens it gates for the annual Open Day, sponsored by 8 Wealth Management featuring the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) Field Gun Competition.

The Field Gun competition will feature crews from across the UK and as far afield as Gibraltar competing for the coveted Brickwoods Trophy.

The competition is fast and furious and requires 18-man teams to run, dismantle, reassemble and fire the gun in the shortest possible time, traditionally in heats of 6 crews at a time. 

Strength, stamina, and team work are essential in this challenge, and the crews begin the physical training this month, training with the guns in April.

During the Open Day there will be attractions, entertainment and displays designed to capture the imagination of everyone from 8 to 80.

Attractions will include displays from the Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Display team, the Tigers Motorcycle Display Team, plus extensive recruitment zone with interactive activities and much more.

There will also be a Ship Open to Visitors area where you will be wowed with some of the training equipment used by today’s Navy.

Plus experience Royal Navy training first hand in the Bridge Simulator which will allow you to simulate taking a ship into harbour.

The gates will open at 0930, there will be free parking, free buses from the local area and FREE FUN FAIR – all you need is to come along and join us for this amazing day, happy in the knowledge that once you pay your entrance free all attractions and entertainment is FREE!

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Advance Tickets

Advance tickets can be purchased from:

Via Ticket Source Website at:

The News The News
Fareham District Office      The News Centre
88 West Street      1000 Lakeside
Fareham      North Harbour
PO16 0EP                                          Western Road
Tel: 01329 822528      Tel: 023 9266 4488

The CAF Office The Cash Office
HMS Sultan           Hood Building
Grange Road HMS Collingwood
Gosport           Gosport
PO12 3BY Tel: 01329 33
Tel: 02392 506360                      2632/3742

The Unit Personnel Office
HMS Excellent
Whale Island
Tel: 02392 547157  

ticket Prices

On the Gate

Saving on advance tickets
Adult £8.00

* Child: Aged 5 – 14 years inclusive
** Family: 2 Adults + 3 Children (aged 5 – 14 years inclusive)

Location HMS Collingwood

Stalls attending Collingwood Open Day

Saturday 6th June 2015

Field Gun COmpetition

The most spectacular event at HMS Collingwood's open day is the the historic Royal Navy Field Gun Competition. 

Crews representing units of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines as well as the British Army and Royal Air Force, will compete and as such the event is well supported by the senior ranks of all three Services.

Each crew of 18 highly disciplined, motivated, and physically fit field gunners, races to assemble an antique field gun and run with it, disassembling and reassembling as the competition requires, before dramatically dragging the gun home, maintaining the spirit of the Royal Navy’s contribution to the relief of Ladysmith.

previous winners of the brickwood trophy

The previous winners of the trophy are:

  • 1992 HMS Dolphin
  • 1993 HMS Seahawk
  • 1994 HMS Thunderer
  • 1995 HMS Sultan
  • 1996 HMS Collingwood
  • 1997 HMS Gannet
  • 1998 HMS Collingwood
  • 1999 HMS Neptune
  • 2000 HMS Heron
  • 2001 HMS Collingwood
  • 2002 HMS Heron
  • 2003 HMS Collingwood
  • 2004 HMS Nelson
  • 2005 7th Air Assault Battalion
  • 2006 HMS Collingwood
  • 2007 HM Naval Base Portsmouth
  • 2008 HMS Sultan
  • 2009 HM Naval Base Portsmouth
  • 2010 HM Naval Base Portsmouth
  • 2011 HMS Heron
  • 2012 HM Naval Base Portsmouth
  • 2013 HMS Heron
  • 2014 7 Air Assault Battalion, REME

22 crews will be competing in the Field Gun competition


History of the Brickwood Trophy

Brickwood, the Sunshine Brewers of Portsmouth, whose business in 1970 stretched from Sussex to Dorset and north towards London, was once a familiar name in the area.

Today the brewery is only a memory, although many pubs, especially in Portsmouth, have preserved their Brickwood frontages. But the name lives on with the annual Field Gun competition for the magnificent Brickwood Trophy, which dates back 100 years.

History of the filed gun

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Timetable of events

  • 0900 Field Gun Run 5 Heat 1
  • 0915 Field Gun Run 5 Heat 2
  • 0930 Field Gun Run 5 Heat 3
  • 0945 Field Gun Run 5 Heat 4
  • 1000 Field Gun Run 6 Heat 1
  • 1015 Field Gun Run 6 Heat 2
  • 1030 Field Gun Run 6 Heat 3
  • 1045 Field Gun Run 6 Heat 4
  • 1100 Field Gun Run 7 Heat 1
  • 1115 Field Gun Run 7 Heat 2
  • 1130 Field Gun Run 7 Heat 3
  • 1145 Field Gun Run 7 Heat 4
  • 1220 TIGERS motorcycle display team
  • 1250 Field Gun Crews Fall in for March Past
  • 1300 Field Gun Crews March Past
  • 1330 Field Gun Plate 3 Final (Soapy Watson Trophy)
  • 1345 Field Gun Plate 2 Final (Sports Lottery Cup)
  • 1400 Sea Cadet Field Gun – on completion VIP to present winning prize
  • 1430 Field Gun Plate 1 Final (Portsmouth Silver Jubilee Cup)
  • 1445 RNRMC Field Gun Final (Brickwood Trophy)
  • 1455 RN Raiders
  • 1530 HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band Performance
  • 1545 March on for Presentation of Trophies (HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band to Lead March)
  • O/C Prize Giving

Visitor Information

Bus Service
Gosport Ferry Terminal to HMS Collingwood.
0900, 0930, 1000, 1030, 1100, 1130

HMS Collingwood to Gosport Bus Station
0920, 1000, 1040, 1120, 1600, 1640, 1720, 1800

Fareham Train Station to HMS Collingwood
0915, 0945, 1015, 1045, 1115, 1145

HMS Collingwood to Fareham Train Station
1530, 1600, 1630, 1700, 1730

Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Display Team

Formed in 1983, the Raiders are the Official Parachute Display Team of the Royal Navy and display into high profile public events across the UK. 

The Team display into a variety of public events throughout the season (May to September), landing right in front of the crowd at large military and civilian events. 

The team is composed of volunteers of highly trained skilled sport parachutists from across the Naval Service who invest a significant amount of personal time and effort to maintain their specialist skills.

HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band

The Band is comprised of both staff and trainees serving at HMS Collingwood, both uniformed and civilian, and continues a long tradition of Blue Jacket Royal Navy Bands and military music 

The primary function of the Band is to provide musical support to Open Day and dinners in the Wardroom or Warrant Officer and Senior Rates Mess. The Band also provides music to the wider Royal Naval Service and throughout Hampshire .

If you play an instrument and are interested in joining, please call: Tel: 01329 33 2553 Mob: 07780 745207 

Tigers Children's motorcycle display team

Established for over 33 years the team was set up to allow children aged between 5 - 16 years old, the opportunity to learn to ride a motorcycle safely and to perform tricks, stunts and jumps in public shows around the UK around May.

Based near Portsmouth, they train every Sunday throughout the winter. Whilst safety is the primary focus this does not limit them from delivering exciting shows.

The team is run entirely by the parents of the children with an elected committee, the aim is to include everyone in making Tigers fun and challenging for all of the families involved.

Contact us

HMS Collingwood Open Day
HMS Collingwood
Newgate Lane
PO14 1AS

Telephone: 01329 332312/01329 332088

Fax: 01329 332712

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