An underground air-raid shelter that may have been used by Winston Churchill is being opened to the public in South Gloucestershire.

Wild Place Project is opening the shelter for a fortnight especially for Halloween.

It was built in the early years of the Second World War in what is now the park's sanctuary garden.

The shelter was built as part of the Hollywood Estate which was owned by the White family, founders of the Bristol Aircraft Company.

Wartime documents have revealed that Winston Churchill visited the White family and so it is possible that the man who helped lead Great Britain to victory could have sought shelter there.

Other distinguished guests who visited the Whites during the war include former Australian prime minister Sir Robert Menzies and Queen Mary, wife of King George V.

The shelter will be open to visitors from 2-3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for two weeks from October 22.

Visitors will be shown down the narrow flight of stone steps into the shelter which is more than three metres below ground.

They will be able to experience being in the shelter for themselves with its two train carriage shaped rooms with wooden benches along each wall where people sheltered during enemy raids.

Nigel Simpson, head of operations at Wild Place Project, said: “To walk down the narrow steps is literally to follow in the footsteps of people from those days.

"It really is quite spooky so it’s ideal place to visit for Halloween.”

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