Do you and you friends have the Blitz Spirit?
Go full 1940s vintage with us!
Join us for a fantastic FULL night in a WWII bunker, featuring live music from Hattie Bee, rations, games, films and challenges to ensure we see the night through and maintain the Blitz Spirit (you can bring some 'spirits' of your own to help you 🤫) You won't have done anything like this before! And you will be the first people to sleep in this amazing and historic bunker at Western Approaches HQ, Liverpool since 1945! Book now on the link on the right or call Adam on 0151 252 5705. Do it now, with very limited places you don't want to miss out!
Saturday 30th November 7.30pm – Sunday 1st December 6.30am.
What will be happening on the night:
- An ID card, ration pack and luggage labels will be issued on arrival.
- Live singing from a vintage singer Hattie Bee at 8.00pm - Twitter @HattieBeeVintage
- Watch films on beanbags – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bed Knobs & Broomsticks for the younger evacuees!
- Escape Room - will you get out?
- Treasure Hunt - find the clues to complete the challenge!
- Full private access to the Western Approaches museum
- Learn how to crack morse code
- World War 2 re-enactors
- Dress up in vintage style! Or pop on your Alder Hey PJs...
- All activities will end at 12.00am
- There will be a breakout room with tea/coffee etc for anyone struggling to sleep
What you need to bring:
- Sleeping bag
- Roll mat
- Warm clothes
- Alcohol (bring a bottle)
What you will get:
- Breakfast the following morning from 6.00am
- Basic rations throughout the night
- ID card and ration pack
About the bunker/western approaches
On 7 February 1941, Combined Operations moved to Derby House at Exchange Flags because German aircraft and U-boats were attacking ships travelling in from the continent. The department became known as Western Approaches Command as it monitored Western Approaches, the rectangular area of the Atlantic Ocean lying immediately to the west of the British Isles. Liverpool subsequently became an important strategic position in the Second World War.
A bunker was built below Derby House, which became known locally as the ‘Citadel’ or ‘Fortress’ due to the extensive reinforced concrete protection given to the basement. It was bomb proof and gas proof, with a 7 foot thick concrete roof and 3 foot deep concrete walls, containing 100 rooms covering 55,000 square feet.
Accessibility at Wester Approaches HQ
The Western Approaches site is across two floors with various staircases and steps in between.
Due to the historic nature of the building, the only way around is via staircases.
Accessibility aids (wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.) as well as prams can be left at reception.
The toilets are located at the bottom of a ramp near the reception area. These are the only toilet facilities on site at present. Whilst they do not have step access they are not wheelchair accessible.