Coleshill Underground Second World War event is back

Coleshill Underground is coming back to the village on Sunday 22 September 2019 from 10.00am to 4.00pm. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Auxiliaries being stood down from service. These brave men volunteered to act as an underground resistance to the threatened German invasion in September 1940.

What you can see on the day

On the day at the top of the village you will find our living history area with re-enactors with props and memorabila, exhibitions and interactive displays near the original Coleshill house.  For vehicle enthusiasts there will be mililtary vehicles and Austin 7s parked on the road around the model farm.  

Our Second World War historic sites around Coleshill village will be open, including our two Operational Bases and Guard House.

The granary will be bursting with more displays and the Coleshill Auxiliary research team will be there to help you trace your own historical connections. Go to one of the talks given by our very own local historian Bill King or by Chris Pratt from the British Resistance Organisation Museum at Parham.

Our fabulous second-hand book shop is featuring a range military books and literary bargains for you to pick up a bargain.  We also have music and dancing, food and drink in the Old Carpenters Yard.

The replica bunker in Coleshill
The replica bunker in Coleshill
The replica bunker in Coleshill


For children there will be a special activity challenge trail around the village.  Discover and learn all about code-breaking, the skills needed to be a spy, have a go crawling under our camouflage nets and prizes for the best dressed visitors.

Planning your day out

When you arrive in Coleshill village on the day, please follow the marshalls in yellow hi-viz's to park in the parkland including blue badge holders.

Dogs on leads only are welcome.  They won't be able to go in the replica bunker or the orginal bunker due to access. 

To book your tickets in advance we have an early bird off of £5 per adult and £2.50 per child up until the day before.  National Trust members need to buy tickets too.  Book here now.

On the day tickets will be £7 per adiult and £3 per child.  Under 5's go free

Coleshill Replica Bunker inside
Coleshill Replica Bunker inside
Coleshill Replica Bunker inside

Timetable on the day

Countryside Yard to the Guard House

On the hour, every hour from 11 until 3 The Oxfordshire Home Guard; Mounting the guard

The site of Coleshill House

12.00pm to 12.20pm and 14.00pm to 14.20 - Liza Dibble Talk: A short history of Coleshill House

Coleshill Organics

12.00pm to 12.30pm and 14.00pm to 14.30pm Barney and Sonia Oliver: Cooking on rations - a cookery demo and short guided walk of Coleshill organics vegetable plots

Old Carpenters Yard and Timber Store

11.00am to 11.30am            Bill King Talk: Why and how the Auxiliers were formed

11.30am to 12.00pm           Morris Men: traditional dance

12.00pm to 12.30pm           Chris Pratt Talk: Understanding the three elements of the Aux Units

12.30pm to 13.00pm           Ross Hardman: 1940’s period solist

13.00pm to 13.30pm           Morris Men: traditional dance

13.30pm to 14.00pm           Ross Hardman: 1940’s period solist

14.00pm to 14.30pm          Bill King Talk: Why and how the Auxiliers were formed

14.30pm to 15.00pm         Morris Men: traditional dance

15.00pm to 15.30pm        Ross Hardman: 1940’s period solist