Summer 2018 at our London site
This year is the RAF’s Centenary year. Our purpose during this time is to commemorate the past, to celebrate the present and to inspire future generations to explore the RAF’s amazing story.
Our audience is growing and becoming younger and more diverse. As a result we have put together a calendar of exciting and educational events to make our summer programme more compelling and inspiring for our younger audience.
This Friday and Saturday (27-28 July 2018) we are hosting ‘Superhero Cinema’. Young visitors will be given the exciting opportunity to watch two animated blockbuster films ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Big Hero 6’ right underneath of our magnificent Avro Lancaster, S for Sugar.
A world-famous bomber with the heart-stopping story of 139 military operations during Second World War is, we would argue, the perfect backdrop to inspire a new generation of future enthusiasts to start exploring our collections.
On 10-11 August ‘Feathers and Flight’ is coming to our London site when we will be hosting some of the amazing creatures that have inspired generations to dream about flying and aircraft design.
We will have a static display of glorious birds of prey including a Hawk, an Owl, a Falcon and an Eagle, plus regular flying demonstrations on each day. Visitors will be able to witness their magnificent beauty in our new central ‘airfield’ while also learning about each bird’s incredible capabilities.
Younger visitors will also have an opportunity to explore our thrilling Feathers and Flight Trail and to get creative in our ‘Messy Feathers’ workshop by making their own owl out of craft materials to take home and keep (Charges apply).
On 22-24 August, all young aviators are welcome to take part in our ‘Fast Jet Craft’ sessions – a series of exciting workshops where they are invited to create and decorate their own jet aircraft and jet kites before testing how they fly outside.
Even if you are unable to make it for any of our summer events, our brand-new exhibitions, which are open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm, offer plenty of exciting activities and interactive fun for our younger visitors.
In our new exhibition ‘RAF Stories: The First 100 Years 1918–2018’ young visitors are welcome to try on the RAF uniform and get a feeling of what it is like to be a pilot by sitting in mini replicas of RAF aircraft placed next to their originals. What better way to fire their imaginations? We also hope our visitors take advantage of these models to take family photos that will make their day out truly unforgettable.
Teenage visitors will be captivated by the selection of challenging interactive activities we have in our ‘RAF Stories: The First 100 Years 1918–2018’ and our ‘RAF: First to the Future’ exhibitions both of which explain the cutting-edge technologies developed by and for the RAF during the last 100 years.
If you would like to discover whether you have what it takes to be a pilot, an engineer or an intelligent agent, then ‘RAF: First to the Future’ will be right up your street.
Youngsters, who dream about becoming a pilot, can now get a feel of what it is like to fly an aircraft by trying out our Flying Training Simulator. History buffs can plan a mission to help win the Battle of Britain by using our Plotting Table that simulates the work of a WAAF plotting team, and visitors can use our interactive debate table to decide what the future will look like.
We will also shortly have new a children’s playground offering an array of mini-versions of aircraft, vehicles and our Grahame-White Watchtower for younger visitor to explore while their parents enjoy lunch in our restaurant’s piazza nearby. They may think that they are playing, but they will be exploring and learning while doing so.
All in all we are confident that all of these activities will offer a fantastic family day out and inspire a new generation of children to embrace and to explore the RAF Story.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family in the near future. Don’t forget we are open daily from 10am to 6pm and entry to our site is free.