Visiting - Families
We offer plenty for families to do and additionally arrange for extra free activities and family events during the school holidays. Check our what’s on page for news on our events.
The Cipher Trail
The cipher trail is an imaginative activity pack in a gas mask bag which is full of code breaking ‘tools’, clues and puzzles for older children to follow as they explore the bunker. The trial sets a role-play scenario where you are given a written letter from the Admiral-in-charge asking you to follow the code-breaking task.
At the end of the trial, should you be successful, you will be rewarded with a ‘Top Secret’ certificate.
The trailblazer is an activity map designed for younger children to be taken around the site and includes questions and challenges to complete in different rooms.
Traditional ‘Parlour’ games
We have a range of games and activities for visitors to enjoy whilst they sit and have a hot drink or juice in our Naafi. There is the ever-popular and often family dividing ‘Battleships’ game to play, Jenga, wooden toys, crafts and colouring.
We offer a creative collection of crafts which are inspired by war-themed hobbies and activities and reflect what children would have played with or made. We offer bunting-making, which you can then hang up to decorate the bunker – and maybe leave us a secret message, badge and postcard design, and different crafts reflecting the season or event we have planned.
Dock Lane – our recreated war-torn street scene
Take a unique step back in time as you walk the cobbled streets of our recreated street scene which is perfect for children to explore and learn. There is a grocer’s store full of the rations of the day sparsely stacked on the dusty wooden shelves, demonstrating to children how meagre rations were and the kind of food you would have had to eat.
There are menu cards to take home to recreate wartime recipes, dressing up for children, a sweet shop, a blacked-out pub where if you listen at the door you can hear the noises of the drinkers and there’s even a real unexploded bomb the children can touch – if they dare!