During the 1960's the Bunker started like as a Royal Air Force ROTOR station, then a regional government headquarters, and finally a civil defense centre during the cold war.
It is able to accomodate 600 people military civilians even the Prime Minister in case of nucelar war and cost up to 3 million to keep it on standby. As the codl war died down the government realised that this cost was a drain on funds and finally decommisioned it in 1992. The Parrish family owned the land as farmers before the bunker was created and eventually bought it back off the government and so it is now privately owned.
The bunker is open thursday to sunday 10-4 during the winter months (Nov - Feb) and every day 10-4 (and 10-5 on the weekends ) in the summer months (Mar - Oct)
Admission is ?6 per person and there is a family discount (2 adults 2 children) for ?15
It is well worth seeing as it's a quick taste of some of the secrets the govenment keeps. The tours are informative and will open your eyes to what the cold war meant to military people.
Take the kids out and relax for the day or just sit around on the greenery taking in the sunshine.
there's plenty to do in these playing fields from cricket fields to football and rugby pitches, golf and crazy golf courses, skate park ramps, paddling pools for the children, play area with swings slides climbing frames all the good things in a park. There is also a rose garden that in the summer can look amazing and also a garden for the blind where all the labels are in braille and the scents of the flowers fill the air. There is also a bowling green for those of you that like a spot of bowls which is out of the way in a private peaceful area.
When visiting the park take one of the trails through the forest there and see what you can discover.
Wandering off the path you'll find a lot of trees that were toppled over from the 1987 hurricane (that the bbc weatherman Michael Fish is famous for saying "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rung the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!")
There's a mini lake in the middle of the forest somewhere which is populated with many fish (although i'm not sure if fishing is allowed here) and there many species of dragonfly and plants etc.
as a nature walk it's very interesting.
Forget the Smithsonian Institute, British Museum, Louvre, etc. For that cultural experience of a lifetime visit the fabulous Brentwood Museum. So popular it is only open one Sunday each month between 14:30 and 16:30. Here's a quote from a local web site: "Although small, Brentwood Museum offers a fascinating insight into local life in the early part of the last century".
(PS Please let me know what it's like if you go).