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IBCC Life in an Anderson Shelter– Free Family Activity Day


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Life in an Anderson Shelter Family Crafts at International Bomber Command Centre

  • Friday 16th February 2024
  • 10.30am - 3:30pm
  • Free, no need to book

The Anderson shelter was an air raid shelter designed to accommodate up to six people and was named after Sir John Anderson whose responsibility it was to prepare air-raid precautions prior to the outbreak of World War II. It is 85 years since the first ‘Anderson’ shelter was erected in a garden in Islington, London on 25 February 1939. Families would have spent much of their time inside these shelters so would have wanted them to feel as much like home as they could manage. Come along and design and make the inside of yours comfortable and cosy!


Free. No need to book; £3.00 parking charge still applies. 

Further information....

  • Trails and Dressing-up opportunities.
  • IBCC Gremlin E-Trail to help explore the story of Bomber Command.
  • Book station with a range of read on-site books.
  • Under 5’s go free.
  • A range of pocket money items available in the shop.
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • Breastfeeding welcome.


  • You can visit our fantastic cafe which offers a locally sourced selection of tempting treats for breakfast, lunch or just a quick coffee and cake. 
  • Ration Packs Lunches and Children’s Menu are available. 
  • On Saturdays, kids' meals are just £1.00 with every adult meal purchased. 
  • High chairs available in the café. 


  • Easy access for pushchairs and wheelchairs around the exhibition grounds.
  • Changing places toilet.


  • Large car park.
  • Parking £3.00 per car per day.


Assistance dogs are welcome and can accompany visitors throughout all areas of the site. Other dogs are welcomed within the gardens and the atrium.  Please keep dogs on short leads at all times.


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