Battle of Britain Weekend

14 - 15 September 2013

Pilots scrambling to their aircraft summer 1940This year’s annual commemoration of Hendon’s role in the events of the Battle of Britain will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2013 at the Royal Air Force Museum London.

The weekend will consist of living history displays, memorabilia, military vehicles, guided tours and live concerts.

Saturday will open with a ‘Scramble’ - our live presentation telling the story of Hendon’s finest hour, the actions of Sgt Ray Holmes of 504 Squadron, who, on September 15th 1940 brought down a Dornier bomber over central London, in what was to become the most famous single action of the Battle. Performances will be staged on our helipad throughout the weekend. 

Members of the public will also have a chance to view memorabilia from the Battle, period military displays, and replica aircraft, including a full scale Spitfire MKIX made from many original parts.

On Saturday we are proud to announce that there will be several special performances held throughout the day by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
Battle of Britain Weekend

On Saturday evening join us for a 1940’s evening themed event as part of Battle of Britain weekend. Practise your jitterbug with our live swing band; try on RAF uniform and have your picture taken by the Spitfire; treat yourself to a glass of wine in our late-night bar; attend our Battle of Britain lectures and for the girls, our ‘How to do 1940s Hair and Make Up’ Class. Its free (except for the hair and make-up class) and starts at 6pm till late. Over 18s only.

Sunday will introduce the Barnet Band who will play two concerts underneath the Museum’s magnificent Avro Lancaster. Our experts will also be giving exclusive tours, across the weekend of the Battle of Britain Hall which houses a unique collection of RAF and Luftwaffe aircraft, including actual examples of aircraft that flew in the Battle.

On both days we will be doing Airfix 'Make and Takes' underneath the Museum's Colonnade, giving our visitors the opportunity to make and take their own 1:72 scale Spitfire or Hurricane, for just £2 per kit. Sessions will running day from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

Any children wishing to participate in this part of the weekend must be 8 years and older and must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult to help them with the construction of their model aircraft. Please note: that the paints used in this experience are water soluable, however, the Museum does not accept any responsibility for any damage that may be caused to participant's clothing.

To view a video of last year's Battle of Britain weekend, click here.


Saturday 14th September 2013

  • Central Band of the Royal Air Force will march either on the Helipad or within the Hangars (dependent on weather): 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm

  • ‘Scramble’ presentation will take place on the Helipad: 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm

  • Informal tours of the Battle of Britain Hall: 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm

  • Battle of Britain at Night: 6pm to 11pm

Sunday 15th September 2013

  • Barnet Band will play two commemorative performances in the Bomber Hall: 12.30pm and 2.15pm

  • ‘Scramble’ presentation will take place on the Helipad: 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm

  • Informal tours of the Battle of Britain Hall: 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm

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