Booking now open for our open days 

We are open for tours and much more on the first Sunday of each month during term time. At each of our community open mornings you can:

  • Explore our unique underground air raid shelter with our friendly volunteer guides (tickets required).
  • Browse the new Take Shelter museum displays and chat to our veterans about their wartime experiences
  • Have a tasty snack and hot drink at Mrs Button’s Tea Room
  • Take home a souvenir from our Take Shelter gift shop

Our next Open Days are:

The last chance to catch us before the summer break is the 29th June – Armed Forces Day. We do not have any open days planned over the summer. We are open for the Heritage Open Days on the 7th and 8th September, and then will resume our monthly open days on the 6th October.

Join us for our ever popular Brighton Fringe weekends

Saturday 11th / Sunday 12th and Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th May
Packed with air raid shelter tours, wartime-themed displays, activities and entertainment.

Tickets are required for tours. It is if free to visit the museum, displays and stalls.

Vintage fair games and other activities start at 50p per go.


From 10am 

Air raid shelter tours
Tours go down every 15 minutes and last for approximately 40 minutes. We recommend booking in advance – tickets can be booked via this link.

A limited number of walk-in tickets are available for tours on the hours after midday ie. 12noon, 1pm, 2pm etc

  • Take Shelter museum and wartime displays
  • Chat to our wartime veterans
  • Take Shelter Gift Shop

Mrs Button’s Tea Room
Serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and sweet treats including Mrs B’s famous crea teas alongside light lunches. Browse our menu here.


From 12 noon

Vintage fair games
Try your hand at hook a duck, tin can alley or pick a card. Games start at 50p per go.

Music and dancing
Sit back and listen to DJ Libby Lou spin tunes from the 1940s and 1950s. Have a go at learning a stroll or two during the afternoon.

Wartime themed activities
Across all four days we will have a range of wartime themed activities including

  • Make Do & Mend with our Knit & natter and Make a lavender bag activities
  • Grow Your Own with our Plant a Seed activity
  • Create your own wartime peg doll – who will you make? Soldier, sailor, evacuee?
  • Crack our secret code with our family friendly trail
  • Make your own dog tags

Please note that activities will vary from day to day. All activities will be either free to do or low cost starting at 50p per go.

Couple dancing at Take Shelter fringe weekend

Special guests for Saturday 11th May

The Royal Sussex Regimental Museum Find out more about our county regiment and what our local men did during the Second World War.


Special guests for Sunday 12th May

Mass Observation Archive – Meet the staff from the archive and find out how they are preserving everyday life, thoughts and feelings across the UK. Take part in their annual National Diary Day and your daily life will become part of their collection.


Special guests for Sunday 19th May

The Blue Flamingos – Come and tap your toes and dance to the swing tunes of the Blue Flamingos – timings tbc

Programme is correct at time of publication. Please note that listings may change at short notice should circumstance arise outside of our control.

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

Try your hand at our vintage games (May dates only)

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.

Take home a Take Shelter souvenir

No visit would be complete without a Take Shelter souvenir from our well stocked gift shop. Open from 10am.

Meet our wartime veterans

We are incredibly lucky to have a small number of veterans involved with the project. Come and meet Alan, Ann or David in the Take Shelter Museum and hear their stories first hand.

Couple dancing at Take Shelter fringe weekend
Tap your toes to wartime tunes

The air will be filled with vintage sounds provided by DJ Libby Lou. Whether you sit and enjoy the tunes, dance across the floor or take your first steps in one of our taster lessons, Libby will create the perfect musical atmosphere.