Latest news from Orford Ness

We have new exhibitions and displays for 2019. Island of Secrets and Sensitive Chaos. For the first time we are open for four days over Easter weekend from Good Friday. Several tours are on offer this year but they are filling up fast. Others will be published here and on the Events page.

Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt

Orford Ness will be taking part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Come along and take part in our nature trail to introduce you to some of the wildlife that calls Orford Ness home. Solve the clues, unravel the code and be rewarded with a Cadbury Easter Egg. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt costs £2.50 (standard admission prices apply) and tickets to Orford Ness are limited so arrive early to ensure you don’t miss the boat!  For more details see the What's on page.

New Exhibition - Island of Secrets

" Can we put a gun in a plane? Were they really dropping nuclear bombs in Suffolk?"
- National Trust

A new exhibition in the NAAFI/ RDF Receiver building will answer these and many other questions. The words of employees who worked here have been incorporated into a timeline of military experiments carried out in the 20th century. The exhibition also features audio-visual content featuring the actual voices of those who worked here. The content can be accessed via your smart phone or the touch screen tablet inside the exhibition. For more information see NAAFI and the Island of Secrets exhibition.

Orford Ness Writing Workshop Thursday 6 June

A day of writing, exploring behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most enigmatic wild locations. Landscape is a powerful resource for writers. This workshop unpicks the complex story of the Ness, finding inspiration in its natural and human history. For more details see the What's on page.

Daytime Photography Tours

We are also offering places on a number of daytime tours spending a whole day on Orford Ness including the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area. As with the overnight tours you will be accompanied by rangers/photograhers. For more details see the What's on page.

Trailer Tour - 24 April

Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer including access to the Cold War weapons testing area. For more information and booking details see the What's on page

Other Tours

Currently all published Bombs and Beastie Tours are fully booked but more will become available through the year. Keep and eye on the What's on page.

Would you like to volunteer on Orford Ness?

Become a Ranger or help behind the scenes. Whatever you do you will always learn something new about this intriguing place and enjoy your time here. For more information see Join the Orford Ness team or for general information on volunteering, see the link at the bottom. 

New opening times

After Easter we are open Saturdays only until 22 June. Tuesday to Saturday from 25 June - 28 September and Saturdays only until 26 October. We are also open Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays except Christmas and the New Year. Full details see Opening times on Home Page.

What else is happening on the Ness

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Policy for drones on Orford Ness

Please note that the use of drones is not permitted on the Ness. See here for full details.