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


ticket Prices

On the Gate
Child*/OAP £5.00
Adult £10.00
Family £25.00

Saving on advance tickets
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

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.

Lost Children

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.

Travel Information

Directions, Parking and Bus Timetable


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

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

Example of the schedule from 2017. 2018 TBC

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
1200-1230 - RN Drill Display Team
1230-1300 - Portsmouth Military Wives Choir
1300 - Crews Fall in for March Past
1315-1345 - March Past
1345 - Plate 3 Final - Soapy Watson Trophy
1400 - Plate 2 Final - Sports Lottery Cup
1415 - RN Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun
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

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!

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.

Military Wives Choir

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Contact us

HMS Collingwood Open Day
HMS Collingwood
Newgate Lane

PO14 1AS

Telephone: 01329 332312/01329 332088
Fax: 01329 332712

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