Coleshill's Secret Underground Replica Bunker

As a family we like to take it in turns to share in each others interests and make sure that we each follow our passions. This weekend we made Daddy's love of History a priority as we headed to Coleshill not far from Badbury Woods in Oxfordshire to look at a replica Second World War underground bunker. 





On arrival my eldest took one look at the tunnel and said 'I'm not going in there!'. Hubby however couldn't see why she'd said this as a few minutes earlier she'd been making her desire to head to the play park clear and he thought it was just like one of the amusements she'd find there. So off we set on a guided tour of the area right at the back of the pack.




Being right at the back of the group left me unable to hear anything about the secret bunker and hubby and the children have yet to fill me in on what actually happened there. I'm sure the girls didn't understand much at all being one and three. The girls found it particularly fun to wind their way round the group from their Dad at the front to me at the back. When it was our turn to descend into the bunker their Dad carried eldest down first. This gave youngest and I the chance to peek over the
side and decide it was alright to go down too.




Inside it was fairly spacious. There was room to sit and the girls liked to run around. Eldest had great fun blowing out the candles only to be told it wasn't her birthday. This caused the teenage boys in our group to copy her antics as we left the tunnel.




Once I'd done my best Bridget Jones impression and the girls had walked out of the tunnel. We had a little look at the chickens down by the mill. Sadly we didn't have the right change on us to get to look at the grinding of the flour but I'm sure we will return to the area when the girls learn about the Second World War and/or how mills work - whichever comes first. I'm all for complimenting what they will learn at school with trips out and about.

Do you compliment your child's school studies with family trips or are you considering doinng so when they go to school?


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  1. My girls' school have the option of parents accompanying the learners on school outings - so that is nice. But we do like to take them to places like the botanical gardens, museum and planetarium etc. which coincides with their learning. Oh and that tunnel - don't think I would've gone down there either - looks a bit scary #fortheloveofblog

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  2. sounds fun we do try where we can but not always, think my eldest would have hated it though, love her face at the start #bloggerclubuk

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  3. What a fantastic opportunity, I often helped out with my children's school outings, because I was a registered child minder, I was police checked, so the school was keen on my help because it meant that I could escort the children who ended the toilet! #blogginggoodtime@_karendennis199@gmail. Is

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  4. Your little girls face! Bless her....’I’m not going in there!’ That would be me. We have always had a huge interest in history so my children have been all over learning about this and that. They also love history now so I think it helped them! Anything that gives children first hand experience helps them with their understanding. #ablogginggoodtime

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  5. I’m back with #sharethebloglove

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  6. We do family trips etc to some of the museums in London and places of interest locally. The amount of enthusiasm they're received with depends on what it is! The V&A she hated, but the Natural History and Science Museums usually go down well.

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  7. Definitely planning on complimenting school in any way we can. Any way to bring their learning to life so they can enjoy it and will remember it!
    Thank you for sharing, this sounds like a great experience!
    #ThursdayTeam

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  8. I love the idea of complimenting my daughter's school with trips. looks like you had a nice time. #Sharingthebloglove

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  9. I love the idea of sharing each others passions in this way and spending time together enjoying learning new things. #sharingthebloglove

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  10. I want to start going to places like this more often- I've always avoided up until now as I have 3 little ones 5 and under and it just seemed too much hassle! As they get older thoifhbwe will definitely be doing more exploring! #blogstravaganza

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  11. We love stuff like this, but we home educate, so it's pretty much an obligatory thing to do! My son is into WW2 at the moment, so we might take a trip out here soon - thanks! #TheSatSesh

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  12. That underground bunker looks fascinating, although one can't help but wonder whether they felt slightly claustrophobic! Love exploring places like this one :) #countrykids

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  13. I'm still chuckling at you doing your Bridget Jones bit getting out of the tunnel! Your daughter looks most unimpressed with the ideas of going down but it sounds like it was quite an adventure in the end. I hope you get to go back and see the flour being milled, it all looks a lovely way to compliment any school lesson.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  14. This looks like an interesting place- I also like the idea of taking interests in turn so you all get chance to share that is important to you- great idea! #thesatsesh

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  15. I think I'd be feeling the same as your daughter - I'm not keen on small spaces! Good that it was more spacious once you got down there though, and I think slightly older children than mine would find it really fascinating. It's a shame you missed out on hearing lots of the information, but it's so hard when there are children and you don't feel you can get closer to the front! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  16. This looks like great fun and such a fab learning experience! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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  17. Oh I love the bunker and that you can go in there - what a great idea and you're right, it does make such a difference with learning! #countrykids

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  18. This looks like a brilliant place for any history buff and it must have made a really interesting day out for your husband. I think that my daughter would have preferred the play park too! Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  19. I think these sorts of trips are a great way to enhance school learning - it brings the lessons they're learning to life. My eldest (7) loves history and, in the UK, we've got so many brilliant historic buildings which is fab! Although I think I would feel a bit anxious about going through that tunnel too - it doesn't look particularly inviting! #blogcrush

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  20. Gosh your brave! I'm claustrophobia and could not have gone in there. I think my girls would like it when they are a bit older and understand it all a bit more. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  21. I love educational trips like this. I have never thought about how this compliments my daughters learning at school before but a lot of what we do definitely does. I have to say I'm not sure I'd have gone through that tunnel. Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

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  22. #thesatsesh is it weird that the tunnel made me cringe, i think its because its so small. It sounds super educational with a splash of joy so i can see why your kids enjoyed it.

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  23. Looks like an interesting place to visit, and I share your hubby's interest in history. As we home ed, this kind of thing would not be complementing school, but be instead of school (along with other activities around relevant subjects). I love getting out and about x #thesatsesh

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  24. Looks like a great adventure and of course a great find. There are a few places like this, around in the UK. Notably the Secret Nuclear Bunker, near Nantwich in Cheshire. You should try that one out. Great place for the family.

    I live in the Netherlands and not far from my home are 7 bunkers in the woods. They all form part of the North Atlantic Wall from WW2. They are a great sight and my kids love exploring there. Thanks for the share.
    #AdventureCalling

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  25. Looks like an interesting place and a great way to complement learning about these subjects. We try to make our adventures educational as it's such a natural way to learn. Thank you for sharing with us #AdventureCalling

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  26. There is certainly a lot to find out about this topic.

    I like all the points you've made.

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