Full day of family activities held to welcome return of RM 350 Ride Endurance charity cycling event

A very warm welcome is anticipated for the 100 + riders taking part in the Royal Marines (RM) 350 Ride this Sunday, 3rd August at the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney. A full programme of family activities are planned throughout the day to keep the crowds entertained as they welcome the riders back from their gruelling challenge.

The programme of family events kicks off at 10am Sunday morning in the grounds of the Royal Marines Museum on Eastney Esplanade and visitors are being asked for a minimum donation towards the full programme of events.  Just prior to opening, a Westland Wasp, veteran of the Falklands War, will land in the grounds at 9.30am and will be a brilliant backdrop for pictures during the day.

Other features of the day include the Trafalgar Drummers, Napoleonic period musicians, dressed in the uniform of the Royal Marines from 1802 – 1815 and the Fort Cumberland Guard carrying out the drills of The Royal Marines of 1830 to 1860 with a corps of drums, infantry and artillery sections.

Cadets will compete in teams to transport a field gun and its equipment over and through a series of obstacles in the shortest time.  

Young actor James Craze will stage his poignant retelling of his grandfather’s World War Two experiences, the tale of an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances.

There will be family activities including an assault course, face painting, making rockets and survival tactics Royal Marines-style and a special appearance by Ukelele band Pompey Pluckers.  A grand raffle will be drawn during the afternoon before the Westland Wasp takes off at 4.30pm.

The charity bike ride, in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, leaves the Royal Marines Museum on Saturday and is expected to take 24 hours exploring a route through Winchester, Blandford, Taunton and the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone.

It is one of a number of events being held in the run-up to the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines in October 2014.

These events take place in the grounds of the Royal Marines Museum and normal admission charges apply for entry into the museum.  For further information visit www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk or telephone 02392 819385.

Royal Marines Museum