If you fancy a nice summer’s 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.

For a full visit review – go here.

The Cuckfield ROC open weekends for 2024 are:

  • Saturday 13th July – 12pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 14th July – 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday 10th Aug – 12pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 11th Aug 10am to 1pm

For the latest updates, check their Facebook page.

There is no need to book – just turn up. Due to the small 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, and donations are appreciated.

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

Alternatively, there is the 271 bus, but that’s just one bus every two hours, or on Saturdays only, the hourly 31 bus.

Frankly, it’s a nice walk.


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  1. Mauricereed says:

    Putin’s henchmen are calling for a full-scale nuclear bomb attack against the UK. Looks like all these abandoned bunkers need renovating!

  2. Reaper says:

    This is part of a National Bunker network (see article above). In my long ago youth, when they were still covert, I and a group of friends used to go out hunting for them. Once you found two you coul often work out the rest. On the top they had small metal “mushrooms” on which were mounted light sensative paper th enable the monitoring of any bomb falshes. by hieght and direction to allow triangulation. These “mushrooms” often carried arrow marks which gave the direction of the next bunkers in the system. We ised that and OS maps to get a diecrtion line to try and find the next relevant bunker. There are many still there if you knwo where to look but they are easily mistaken for water resevoirs.

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