HMS Collingwood Open Day

Saturday 2 June 2018

On Saturday 2 June 2018 a fantastic event will take place at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire, when the establishment opens its gates for the annual Open Day, sponsored by Eight 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. Strength, stamina, and team work are essential in this challenge. The selected crew members began training in March.

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

The Interactive Zone includes RN helicopters, hands-on activities and the high rope challenge. Attractions for our younger guests can be found in the Toddler Zone, whilst the older children can enjoy the free Fun Fair.

Parts of the base are open to visitors, allowing them to see the Royal Navy’s training equipment and experience some training first hand, navigating a ship into harbour on our Warship Bridge Simulator.

The gates will open at 0930. A Free bus service will run twice per hour from Fareham and Gosport and back.

Once the entrance fee is paid all entertainment and attractions are free of charge.

Advance Tickets

Advance tickets can be purchased online

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or from the following outlets/offices:

Tourist Information Centre
Bus Station Complex, South Street,
Gosport, PO12 1EP

Phone: 02392 522944

The CAF Office
HMS Sultan, Grange Road,
Gosport, PO12 3BY

Phone: 02392 506360

The Unit Personnel Office
HMS Excellent, Whale Island,
Portsmouth, PO2 8ER

Phone: 02392 547157

The Cash Office
Hood Building,
HMS Collingwood

Phone: 01329 33 2632/3742

ticket Prices

*Child/OAP: £5.00
Adult: £10.00
**Family: £25.00

*Child/OAP: £4.00
Adult: £8.00
**Family: £20.00

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

Location HMS Collingwood

Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire. PO14 1AS


Visitor Information

There will be two designated catering areas, one adjacent to the free Fun Fair and one adjacent to the Field Gun Competition Arena. Ice cream vans and refreshment providers will be located across the site.

All parents will be provided with wristbands for their children. Please note a mobile phone number on these. Lost children will be looked after in the RN Police Office on base, which will be signposted.

NO DOGS ALLOWED apart from assistance dogs
NO ALCOHOL to be brought into the establishment

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:

  • 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
  • 2015 - HMS Heron
  • 2016 - 7 Aviation Support Battalion, REME
  • 2017 - 7 Aviation Support Battalion, REME

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 field gun

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Tasks of the Crew

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Arena 1

Timetable for Arena 1:

  • 0930 - Gates open to the public
  • 0930 - Run 5 Heat 3
  • 0945 - Run 5 Heat 4
  • 1000 - Run 6 Heat 1
  • 1015 - Run 6 Heat 2
  • 1030 - Run 6 Heat 3
  • 1045 - Run 6 Heat 4
  • 1100 - Run 7 Heat 1
  • 1115 - Run 7 Heat 2
  • 1130 - Run 7 Heat 3
  • 1145 - Run 7 Heat 4
  • 1200 - Royal Navy Drill Display Team
  • 1225 - Team Green Rockets Children's Motorcycle Display Team
  • 1300 - Crews fall in for March Past
  • 1315 - March Past
  • 1345 - Plate 3 Final - Soapy Watson Trophy
  • 1400 - Plate 2 Final - Sports Lottery Cup
  • 1415 - Royal Navy Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun Competition
  • 1445 - Plate 1 Final - Portsmouth Silver Jubilee Cup
  • 1500 - RNRMC FG Final - Brickwoods Trophy
  • 1515 - RM Band Display - Beat the Retreat
  • 1545 - Crews march on led by RM Band
  • O/C  - Presentation of trophies

RM Band Collingwood

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood continues to make a significant contribution to the Naval Service and wider UK interests.

It provides musical support to commemorative events and veteran’s parades in London and throughout the South Coast.

It’s concerts raise funds for Service charities and it performs for events both on a national level and for local communities.

Team Green Rockets

Team Green Rockets Children’s Motorcycle Display Team (Arena 1)

Combining adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this talented troop of young boys & girls will astound you with their airborne stunts & formation riding performance.

Featuring our very own club mascot ‘Rocket’ the bear, bringing the show alive to the audience.

High Ropes

Why not leap to the challenge at HMS Collingwood’s High Ropes course?

Why not give it a go and face your fears, adults and children are welcome with a high restriction of 1.5m, certificates await those who are brave enough to tackle it - hold on tight and keep smiling!

Charity Stalls

List of charity stalls attending Open Day


Bus Timetable


Travel Information

Directions, Parking and Bus Timetable


Arena 2

Recognising that 2018 has been declared nationally as the 'Year of Engineering', Arena 2 will have a focus on science and technology.


[Timetable to be confirmed]


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HM Collingwood Volunteer Band

HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band is comprised of both serving members of the Royal Navy and civilian staff at HMS Collingwood, as well as a number of other personnel associated with the Establishment. The serving Band members combine Band rehearsals and practice with their very demanding duties within the establishment.

Contact us

HMS Collingwood Open Day
HMS Collingwood
Newgate Lane
PO14 1AS

Telephone: 01329 332312 or 01329 332088
Fax: 01329 332712

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