Witness the three phases of the bunker's life. From its role with the RAF where the overall tactical controller could react to a nuclear attack from Britain's enemies, through to its role as Regional Government HQ, when there could have been up to 600 personnel, possibly including the Prime Minister, organising the survival of the civilian population in the aftermath of nuclear war. See for yourself the equipment and rooms needed to support the plotting of nuclear fall-out patterns. This is an all-weather, all-age group educational venue. High ropes adventure course on site.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Stair lift, ramps
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, wkdays 10-4 wknds 10-5; Nov-Feb, Thu-Sun 10-4
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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