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.

We constantly monitor weather patterns around the world so we can get aid to disaster zones within 48 hours.
We monitor the situation worldwide so we can get aid to disaster zones.

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.

  • 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
  • Step inside our famous tents and shelters and have a play with the equipment like solar lights, water filters and more
  • Get your hands on some surprising modes of transport that we’ve used to send aid to people in remote locations
  • 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
From 26 May you can experience a virtual reality disaster scenario and challenge yourself to pack an emergency survival box.

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.

Find out more about ShelterBox aid and latest deployments


What’s on at ShelterBox in 2018

We’ve got a great programme of events taking place throughout the year.

Don’t miss the Virtual Reality Disaster Challenge in May half term (26 May to 2 June). 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 will be displayed in the visitor centre this autumn.

Our Sponsors

The Aid Zone has been kindly sponsored by Alpinter

Our sponsors

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.”