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Heritage Open Day, Victory Wood

Learn about a fantastic hidden relic: a sunken bunker used to monitor nuclear attack at the height of the Cold War.

Victory Wood is near Whitstable, Kent.

The bunker was built to monitor potential nuclear fallout in order to give the public the best chances of survival; opened in 1966 and decommissioned in 1976 when the imminent threat of nuclear war had passed.

This event forms part of Heritage Open Days 2019 and is free to attend. The bunker event only takes place once a year!

We have currently (as of 28 July) reached capacity for people entering the bunker. For anyone booking after this date we can not guarantee entry into the bunker but we have lots more for you to enjoy, so please still book your ticketsAdvanced booking is essential. The event is open from 12pm - 4pm.

We will be joined by local historian, Mark Harrison, Director of The Forgotten Frontline, who will be on hand with his team talking to visitors about the bunker’s history and restoration. We will have a range of artefacts from the era on display, to illustrate how the bunker would have been used.

In addition to learning about the bunker's history, you will be able to join guided walks to learn about Victory Wood, its wildlife, history and management as a Woodland Trust site. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust will have a stall and lead some walks, where you’ll learn about the UK’s rarest bee, the shrill carder bee, which calls Victory Wood its home! We also have craft activities led by Back from the Brink for all ages. 

We are pleased to have Nelson's Cabin catering the event with hot and cold drinks including speciality coffee, hot and cold snacks. Portaloos are provided, including one with a baby changer.

Be prepared for a 20 minute walk from the car park to the bunker; it is also undulating and steep in places. There are no timed slots to enter the bunker; visitors who booked before 29 July will be able to go down the bunker in order of arrival at the event.

With young woodland, open habitats, and two areas of ancient woodland all surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including some of the most scenic and diverse examples of natural woodland in south-east England, it's a fantastic place to visit.

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