Truro's new visitor attraction
At ShelterBox we do things differently. We were born different. We started life as a small organisation in rugged West Cornwall in the UK and have grown to make a big impact across the world.
Discover our story at the ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre – a ground breaking new visitor attraction in the heart of Truro and the only one of its type in the UK.
Explore our interactive Visitor Centre in Truro where you’ll discover the world of international first response natural disaster relief. There’s lots to do for all ages. Meet a friendly local volunteer guide who’ll be delighted to talk about the stories behind our more unusual exhibits. You’ll leave with an understanding of the special hope and help that this very unique Cornish charity brings to families in need.
- Can your complete the disaster challenge with your family? Pick up a leaflet and hunt for clues around the visitor centre
- Pack a ShelterBox – see if you can fit everything a family would need to start rebuilding their lives into our iconic green ShelterBoxes
- Experience a natural disaster virtual reality with a ShelterBox VR headset
- Get hands-on with all the items that go into a ShelterBox, from water filters and mosquito nets to cooking sets and Luminaids
- Interactive displays reveal inspiring stories of how ShelterBox helps survivors of natural disasters
- Meet real life superheroes – the people that volunteer and fundraise for ShelterBox
Discover virtual reality this summer
Feel what it’s like to have to leave your home as a natural disaster approaches.
Our short immersive virtual reality experience puts you in the shoes of a family faced with tough choices, and brings to life the experiences of the thousands of people currently homeless around the world due to natural and man made disasters. The virtual reality experience is suitable for everyone over the age of seven and will be available during August in the ShelterBox visitor centre. The video was made by Exeter University student Chris Jones when he tried the virtual reality experience in May half term.
A family day out
The visitor centre has activities that your family can try and is the perfect solution to a rainy Cornish day. Pick up a family disaster challenge leaflet and see if your family can find the clues around the visitor centre to complete the challenge. Look out for family friendly activities during school holidays and half term.
Admission is free
You visit is free but please remember that every donation helps us fund vital disaster relief all over the world. Your support will make a difference to someone, giving them the shelter they need to start rebuilding their lives. Ask us about regular giving or make a donation to show your support for ShelterBox.
What’s on at ShelterBox in 2018
We’ve got a great programme of events taking place throughout the year.
Summer holiday family activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find out more
Hope and Strength – 10 September to 24 November
Four leading photographers Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace have helped us to pay tribute to the incredible hope and strength of the people we meet. Visit the Hope & Strength webpage to find out more about this amazing exhibition which is coming to Truro this autumn.
The Aid Zone has been kindly sponsored by Alpinter
Alpinter provide ShelterBox with a vast variety of items, from family tents, blankets, kitchen sets to tarpaulins for Shelterkits.
The ShelterBox mission is to be able to assist the families hit by disasters as fast and efficiently as possible, with the best possible aid. This is how we can help.”