As you may be aware, I ARE GEEK! No, not Weasel, Geek. And as such my people is imbued with certain social responsibilities, love of learning and mass knowledge of irreverent knowledge being the most recognized. Which is true, I adore learning new things and my geeky knowledge of film and dogs and animals that mate for life and 80’s kids TV programs is unrivaled. But I have been known to fall asleep in lectures or meetings due to boredom and brain overload which is why I love Bletchley Park and all it holds and Big Geek Days Out and all they stand for.
Bletchley Park, also known as Station X, is an estate located in the town of Bletchley, in Buckinghamshire. During World War II Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School.
It’s one of those places you think, “ooh I’d like to visit one day” and then don’t because “it’s right next door, I’ll go another time”, “Eurgh, history, dirty dirty history and learning and school trips and things”, or “Can’t, Velociraptors will get me” and so it was one sunny Saturday a little band of geeks and one Geeks’ mum turned up at Bletchley to LEARN AND ADMIRE!. This is where the amazing, amazing staff of Bletchley get the mention they deserve. Mr. Becca had tweeted about our day out and the venue, times etc on the BigGeekDayOut twitter account. When we arrived we were met with a tent with a big sign exclaiming ‘Geek Day Here’. “A coincidence” said us? “Nay” said Bletchley staff. They had seen our Tweets, seen we were coming and were prepared for the Geek invasion. I even felt properly at home when Mr. Becca, Mr. Becca’s mum and I were greeted by the security guard with “You’re with the geeks are you?” there was even disdain on the word ‘Geek’. I was proud
Anyway, there was a tent set up for us to collect tickets, we were looked after by the most amazing lady *find out name* who checked we were enjoying ourselves throughout the day, set up a private tour for us as the other tours were full and generally made us feel welcome. The tour was amazing; we were led around by ‘Mr. Wikipedia’ as he was christened by one of our group as his level of knowledge about the park was stunning. He kept me absolutely captivated even through the tour lasted over an hour and a half. (That’s a long time for a brain to be engaged when you’re a Becca of little brain). There is so much to see and do, one trip can’t possibly see it all which is why the fantastic admission price which lets you return as many times as you want within a year is a godsend.
The little shop at the entrance was grand, we bought two books about Bletchley Park to supplement what we had learnt already (or in my case try and understand how things worked.) and a little Enigma machine fridge magnet. Sadly, the promise of toys did not include mini Enigma machines or Alan Turing plushies.
Bletchley park is open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening Times are 10.30am to 4.00pm (1st November to 31st March) 9.30am to 5.00pm (1st April to 31st October) WEEKDAYS and 10.30 am to 4.00pm WEEKENDS and Bank Holidays.
Admission is £10 thought this gives you repeated admission throughout the year – Children under 12 go free.