GRWP CADWRAETH Hut 9 preservation group

Former German POW Camp

Island Farm, Bridgend, WALES

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past Events







25 to 26 June


June 2022 EVENT


25 + 26 of June





21 to 22 May 2022


May 2022 EVENT


21 + 22 of May





7 to 8 Mar 2020


March 2020 EVENT


7 +  8 of March





31 Aug to 1 Sep 2019




SAT 31st August and SUN 1st of September 2019


War Time Bridgend


Sat 15 June 2019


Saturday 15th JUNE 2019

The town of Bridgend is going to turn back the clock to WW1 & WW2.

The Hut 9 Preservation Group plus re-enactors will be there all day,

in full support of this annual event. A family fun day, so see you there.

For more information call organisers on 01656 815757





Sat-Sun 2-3

March 2019


March 2019 EVENT


SAT 2nd and SUN 3rd of March 2019




Sat-Sun 6-7

October 2018


October 2018 EVENT

Sat 6th and Sun 7th October


War Time Bridgend




Sat 16 June 2018


Saturday 16TH JUNE 2018

The town of Bridgend is going to turn back the clock to WW1 & WW2.

The Hut 9 Preservation Group plus re-enactors will be there all day,

in full support of this annual event. A family day, so see you there.




Sat-Sun 2-3

June 2018


JUNE 2018 EVENT dates

Sat 2ND and Sun 3RD OF JUNE




Sat-Sun 17-18 March 2018


march 2018 EVENT

Sat 17th and Sun 18th March




Sat-Sun 7-8 October 2017


October 2017 EVENT

Sat 7th and Sun 8th October


War Time Bridgend




Sat 10 June 2017

This Event is Fully booked!


In conjunction with the Wartime Bridgend Town Council Event

SATURDAY 10th June 2017



Sat-Sun 11-12 March 2017

Fully booked!

11th - 12th March 2017



Sat-Sun 15-16 October 2016

Fully booked!

15th - 16th October 2016 EVENT



Sat-Sun 5-6 March 2016

Fully booked!

5th - 6th March 2016 EVENT

View Photo Album HERE



Sat-Sun 17-18 October 2015

Hut 9 opens its doors to the public yet once more!


   Event dates   17th - 18th October 2015  

Fully Booked - Next bookings available for October 2016


View Photo Album HERE

  October 2015 Event News


Following our special and once more extremely successful Open Weekend Event on 7-8 March 2015, we continue the celebration of this VERY SPECIAL 70th Anniversary YEAR of the Welsh Great Escape from Hut 9. So we are once again open our doors to the public in October 2015.


As always, there are a few more surprises to watch out in this event... So you are welcome to join us and find out...



Sat-Sun 7-8 March 2015

Hut 9 opens its doors to the public once more!


 Event dates   7th - 8th MARCH 2015

Event Bookings

70th anniversary of ‘The Welsh Great Escape


2015 is a SPECIAL YEAR for Hut 9. On the 10th of March 2015 it was 70 years from the night of The Welsh Great Escape that started just before midnight on Saturday, 10 March 1945.

When you book, please specify the day (Saturday or Sunday) and your preferred time slot. The Hut 9 tours run on the hour and start at 10am on Saturday with the last one commencing at 3pm and 9am on the Sunday with the last one commencing at 2pm. Each tour is approximately 90minutes long.

Remember this is a FREE event and a great opportunity for all to learn. Show and teach your children what a significant part Bridgend played in WW2. We hope to see those of you who booked, there!


Full page spread on THE GEM - Thank you...



Sat-Sun 4/5 October 2014

Hut 9 opens its doors to the public once more!


Event 4th - 5th OCTOBER 2014


Our Event's Photo Albums are here for Saturday & Sunday

Were you there?


Thank you for joining us during this Event and hope you all enjoyed the Hut 9 Living Experience.

Special thanks to:
- All visitors (and a big Thank You for the generous donations; they will help us for next year's Events - see above).
- The Living Historians that brought Hut 9 to life
- BCBC & its Conservation & Design Team



Sat, 31 May 2014

10am - 5pm

FREE EVENT - Island Farm history day in Bridgend

Carnegie House (old Bridgend library), Wyndham Street - Saturday 31st May

  Photo Album is now HERE


On Saturday 31 May from 10am - 5pm the Hut 9 Preservation Group will be holding an Outreach Event on two floors at Carnegie House (old Library) in Bridgend town centre. There will be displays, talks, and living historians will be present. It's an opportunity for us to tell the story of the occupation of the camp and to raise awareness of our plans. It's a free event but donations will be gratefully accepted. Please come along and show your support!




Special thanks in advance to all the living historians who have agreed to come along and contribute to our Outreach Day at Carnegie House in the centre of Bridgend. * STOP PRESS * We have got permission to bring an American Jeep in town and park it outside Carnegie House.


Everyone's support is very much appreciated by the Hut 9 Preservation Group!



Sun, 11 May 2014



This is YOUR Heritage 2014

Photo Album is HERE


First World War centenary marked at free Bryngarw event. Visitors to Bryngarw House and Country Park will be able to step back 100 years for a fascinating glimpse into life during the First World War at a free ‘This is YOUR Heritage’ event on Sunday 11 May between 10:30am and 2pm. The lawn in front of Bryngarw House will be transformed into a trench with battle re-enactments, the local community arts bus will be showing First World War films and audio in a ‘pop-up cinema’, while families will also be invited to take a walk through the park’s woodland for a soldier survival skills demonstration. In a further tribute to the war’s centenary, children will enjoy having the chance to make puppets in a workshop inspired by the ‘War Horse’ stage show.

The event has been organised by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Rural Development Programme ‘reach’, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Digital Bridgend Project.



Sat/Sun, 8/9 March 2014



All Hut 9 inside tours for this weekend are already fully booked. We are sorry, but as explained above, visitor numbers are limited.  However, should spare spaces become available or people fail to turn up, then we will of course re-allocate these on a first come first served basis.


Hut 9 opens its doors to the public!

Photo Album is HERE

Hut 9 is all that remains of Island Farm. During the weekend event, visitors will be given a chance to tour inside Hut 9 and learn all about it.

Due to popular demand, requests and feedback from the Friends of Hut 9 during our Open Doors 2012 and 2013 Events, we decided to open Hut 9 to the public on a more regular basis. This is the first time we open Hut 9 to visitors outside September, which is the Open Doors events period. Open

The Hut 9 rooms have been restored in an attempt to try and recreate how they would have looked during 1940-1948. Members of the Hut 9 Preservation Group and WW2 re-enactors will be telling the fascinating stories of the 4 time-frames of Island Farm, occupied by the Royal Ordnance Factory workers, the American Forces prior to D-Day, the German POWs (known then as Camp 198) and later the High Ranking German Officers awaiting their Nuremberg Trial (camp was known then as Special Camp XI).

What's to hear and see during your visit

  • Outside Hut 9, there will be WW2 re-enactors with all their "kit" and and their vehicles (weather permitting).

  • Brett Exton will give a very interesting full talk on the complete history of Island Farm.

  • Richard Williams will complement Brett's talk and guide you inside Hut 9.

  • Prior to the demolition of the other huts at Island Farm, the actual drawings made by the German POWs were carefully removed and preserved. A number of the famous Island Farm wall drawings/ paintings will be on display inside several rooms/ dormitories. Each picture gives a unique insight into the thoughts of a German POW.

  • Numerous Volunteers re-enactors will bring the place to life, dressed as former German PoWs, British Home Guards and American soldiers. They will be occupying several rooms/ dormitories with their full kit, equipment and brick-a-brac on display. Such equipment would have been used back in the day!

  • Barry Ward (Preservation Group Member and re-enactor) will be talking all about the escape; how the tunnel was made and all about the prisoners preparation prior to the escape.

  • Do not miss our Oral History Room, where you can tell us any experiences you had or any stories you know about Island Farm, Hut 9, the Welsh Great Escape and Bridgend at War.

  • Finally a member of the Hut 9 Preservation Group will guide you around Hut 9 and talk about the Welsh Great Escape and the famous Welsh Escape Tunnel.


  • There is no entry fee, so this is a FREE for all event!!!

  • Due to the restricted room inside the Hut, the visitors' safety and the preservation of Hut 9, the number of visitors per tour is limited. We strongly advise people to pre-book tour time slots well in advance. Previous events were fully booked 2-3 months before their date! This shows how popular this iconic, Grade-2 listed building is.

  • There will be a chance for visitors to take a trip back down memory lane with the attendance of "Sweet and Nostalgic". They are a local business who will be supporting our event.

Booking contact details will be provided in good time before the event.

If all of the tour slots inside Hut 9 become booked, we still encourage people to turn up over the weekend because there will be lots to see outside the Hut. Should spare spaces become available or people fail to turn up, then we will of course re-allocate these on a first come first served basis.

Please park in the Innovation Science Park (
opposite the Heronston Hotel) and walk from there down to and along the A48. There will be a sign at the start of the short path that will get you to the Hut 9 compound; a 2 minute walk.

For everyone's safety, please do not attempt to stop or park your car on the busy and fast traffic A48.


Thank you

The Hut 9 Preservation Group

There will be a lot happening outside Hut 9, such as a talk by local historians and experts on Island Farm Brett Neil Exton and Richard Williams, along with a tour and talk around Hut 9 about the escape tunnel. So well worth a visit!


All welcome. Please come along and support our local history.


To get a taste of things to come, please visit our March 2014 Event page or a webpage about Hut 9 and a photo album relating to our September 2012 Open Doors Event.



Sat, 15 February 2014

8:00am - 2:00pm

Hut 9 Fundraiser

At Tesco Extra (Many Thanks Tesco!). Cowbridge Road, CF31 3SQ Bridgend. View map · Get directions. Volunteer re-enactors get a chance to display in all their finery to raise operating cost funds for the preservation of Hut 9. Currently all Hut 9 events' expenses are met either by BCBC (Big Thanks!) or donations from Friends of Hut 9. Such donations first started at our 2013 Open Doors Event. At this stage every penny counts!


Photo Album HERE



Sat/Sun, 21/22 September 2013


Delve into local history at ‘Open Doors’ events

From the Bridgend County Borough Council web site.



Sat, 6 April 2013


Our Heritage

Members of the Hut 9 Preservation Group took part in the Bridgend Heritage Day on Saturday, which was organised by the Reach team (BCBC).



Sat/Sun 8/9 September 2012


Historic Hut 9 opens its doors to the public

From the Bridgend County Borough Council web site.

Explore Island Farm Prisoner of War Camp

        From the BBC Wales web site.


The Civic Trust for Wales

Ymddiriedolaeth Ddinesig Cymru 


The Civic Trust for Wales promotes civic pride as a means to improving the quality of life for all in the places where we live and work, and encourages community action, good design, sustainable development and respect for the built environment amongst people of all ages.


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