Top things to do at Take Shelter

Take a tour of the shelter

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides on a 30-40 minute tour of our unique school air raid shelter. During your tour you will have the opportunity to:

  • explore the original shelter and find out how they were built
  • see films of our veterans and hear what it was like to be a child in wartime Brighton
  • browse displays of rare photographs from Brighton Museum and The Keep
  • watch archive footage from wartime Brighton from Screen Archive South East
  • enjoy our recreated scenes of an Anderson shelter, wartime kitchen and bedroom
  • experience what it would have been like to be in the shelter during a bombing raid in our air raid simulation
  • see original wartime artefacts in our shelter displays

Tickets are selling fast so book yours through Brighton Fringe today!


While you are at Take Shelter, why don’t you also…

Try your hand at our vintage games

Roll up, roll up! As part of our vintage fair there will be a range of games to have a go at. Will you win by luck or by skill? Stalls will be open from 12noon each day.

Visit our Artist Open House

NEW FOR 2022 – We are thrilled to be part of the Fiveways Artist Open House trail for the first time. Come and see our children’s wartime art exhibition and browse our artist & maker stalls. Open from 11am each day.

Have a go at screen printing

Join Cath & Louise from East Side Print to create a Take Shelter inspired screen printed design. These drop-in sessions will be running on Saturday 14th & 21st between 12pm – 3pm.

Take home a souvenir

No visit would be complete without a Take Shelter souvenir from our well stocked gift shop. Open from 11am each day.

Meet our veterans

We are incredibly lucky to have a small number of veterans involved with the project. Come and meet Alan, Ann or David at the event and hear their stories firsthand. Short talks each day at 1pm and 3pm.

Tap your toes to wartime tunes

We are thrilled to have the Dj-ing skills of Hands on Deck (Saturdays) and Jivin’ Jim Dandy (Sundays). Whether you sit and enjoy the tunes, dance across the floor or take your first steps in one of our taster lessons, Jim and Alan will create the perfect musical Home Front atmosphere.