Open every day | 10:00 - 4:30 (last entry 3:30pm)
Castletown D-Day Centre
Admiralty Buildings, Castletown,
Portland, Dorset, UK, DT5 1BD
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Award winning D-Day Centre needs YOU!

Castletown D-Day Centre is calling for volunteers to boost its ranks in order to meet popular demand from visitors this summer.

The Centre has been busy since opening earlier this year, and with summer holidays fast approaching, managers at the award-winning attraction want to extend opening times to seven days a week.

Volunteers will help ensure that visitors enjoy a stunning experience discovering the crucial role played by the Port of Portland during D-Day in June 1944.

The exciting family attraction features an authentic recreation of the busy wartime dockyard where thousands of American troops departed for the heavily defended beaches of Nazi occupied France.

 

Join our enthusiastic team

 

Staffed by true enthusiasts, donning military costume, the Centre’s friendly and highly knowledgeable staff and volunteers help visitors enjoy a truly immersive World War 2 (WW2) experience.

Volunteers carry out a variety of fun and interesting roles from driving military vehicles and hoisting the flags, to welcoming visitors, working in the shop and delivering tank tours.

Our volunteers are ambassadors and custodians of the stories and sacrifice of the brave men who departed for the shores of France on D-Day, and also of the incredible contribution of men and women in the dockyard and surrounding area.

If you have an interest in local or world military history and are looking for a unique and interesting opportunity then please get in touch to find out about joining our fun and friendly team, uniform provided!”

The D-Day Centre, which is a Community Interest Company and relies on support from visitor admissions, is part of Castletown Regeneration Project spearheaded by Agincare Founder and Chairman Derek Luckhurst.

The Centre has rapidly gained a strong reputation and high profile locally and nationally, most recently featuring on Sky’s History Channel this week with its founder Derek Luckhurst.

 

An award winning attraction

 

As well as five-star reviews on Google and Facebook, the D-Day Centre has also been awarded a prestigious Travellers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor.

Visitors encounter a wartime harbour scene where men and equipment are being loaded onto a landing ship moored alongside the dock, making ready for its imminent departure for the occupied beaches of Normandy.

The Centre includes an impressive array of authentic WW2 artefacts and vehicles, including a full-size replica Spitfire, a Bofors 40mm gun and even a restored Sherman tank, plus interactive audio-visual displays, tank tours and a D-Day bunker.

To enhance the D-Day experience, visitors are encouraged to get hands on with the equipment, climb on the vehicles and even dress up in authentic WW2 uniforms – it really is history you can handle.

The Centre is easy to find, it has a Sherman Tank parked outside Admiralty Buildings in Castletown, Portland, with free parking nearby.

Interested in volunteering? Drop into the Centre to find out more or use the contact form on our website to get in touch.

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