BRE’s main site will be open as part of Heritage Open Days 2016.
As well as the once top secret model of the Mohne Dam used in the early stages of developing the Dambusters’ famous Bouncing Bomb, some of our larger test labs and the homes of our Innovation Park will be open to view for free.
There will be talks and presentations repeated through the day about the role of BRE in the Dambusters raids, and also about the B17 Bomber ‘Choo-z-suzy’ that crashed on this site in 1943.
The largest structural test hall in Britain, the fire test labs of Europe’s largest fire test facility, and (possibly) the quietest place in the UK will be open for tours and demonstrations. ‘Bucknalls’, the 19th century mansion at the centre of the site (and which give the nearby roads Bucknalls Lane and Bucknalls Drive their names) will be open to see the oak panelled splendour of this former country house. And the eco-friendly show homes of our innovation park will be open too. You might also recognise a few locations from recent TV drama and comedy shows too.
On site cafe, bouncy castle, acres of lawns for picnics, free onsite parking and more… a whole day out for all the family (although sorry, no dogs please).
See photos from the 2015 Open Days on Flickr