If you fancy a nice day trip to the picturesque town of Cuckfield to see a relic of nuclear war, then some open days have been announced.

The Cuckfield Royal Observer Corps post is a small underground bunker, one of over 1,500 that were built to monitor the fallout from a nuclear war. Closed down in the 1990s as no longer needed, most are derelict or flooded, but some have been restored, such as the one in Cuckfield.

It’s been restored to the state it was when it closed down, with newspaper articles still talking about Soviet aggression, tins of preserved food for the survivors and lots of equipment to monitor the nuclear attack and fallout.

To ready about my visit in 2018 – go here.

The Cuckfield ROC open days for 2022 are:

  • 22nd May
  • 5th June

Both days they are open 10am to 2pm.

For the latest updates, check their Facebook page.

No need to book, just turn up. Due to the size of the bunker, you might need to wait a bit to climb down inside, but there are displays above ground to keep you occupied.

Entry is free, donations are appreciated.

To get there, I found it easiest to take the train to Haywards Heath, then it’s a relatively pleasant 45-minute walk to Cuckfield, which is even more enjoyable if you go via Blunts Wood.

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One comment
  1. Simon K says:

    “Closed down in the 1990s as no longer needed”

    Yeah, about that …

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