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D-Day at Dunwich Heath: 80th anniversary walking tour

Join us for a special walk on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, exploring Dunwich Heath's role in Operation Overlord...

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Dunwich Heath is a tranquil nature reserve on the Suffolk coast, yet the area played a pivotal role in the success of the D-Day landings. This was thanks to the little known Exercise Kruschen, a training exercise for troops participating in the Normandy invasion. Join our volunteer expert on a guided tour exploring the wartime history of the site, taking in the remaining features from the most turbulent period of Dunwich Heath's past.



Event ticket prices

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All £6.00
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The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Older children welcome

Meeting point

Please meet outside Heath Barn, opposite the Coastguard Cottages. If it is raining the walk will be a talk in the barn instead.

What to bring and wear

Please dress suitably for the weather conditions on the day. Sturdy footwear is also advisable as some paths are uneven.


Accessible to all, but please note that this part-outdoor activity will take place on mixed terrain. An off-road mobility scooter is available to hire, but please book this in advance.


Why not treat yourself to some refreshments at the Coastguard Cottages Tearoom? Enjoy some tasty homemade cakes, light lunches and hot & cold drinks.

Upcoming events


Pond dipping and Bug basement sessions 

What wildlife will you discover in our pond or under the logs in the woods?

Event summary

25 May to 29 Sep 2024
11:00 to 14:00
+ 27 other dates or times

Dunwich Heath history introductions 

Delve into 300 years of fascinating history by joining one of our introductions...

Event summary

25 May to 28 Dec 2024
12:00 to 12:15
+ 7 other dates or times

Dunwich Heath Big Breakfast 

Start your day at Dunwich Heath with a cooked breakfast in the Look-Out at Coastguard Cottages Tea-room.

Event summary

26 May to 14 Jul 2024
08:45 to 09:15
+ 2 other dates or times

Nightjar Walk 

Join our Ranger for an evening walk around Dunwich Heath to search for the elusive and mysterious Nightjar.

Event summary

30 May to 27 Jun 2024
21:00 to 22:30
+ 3 other dates or times