D-Day Weekend

6 - 8 June 2014

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day the museum will host an open weekend for the whole family. Whether it's storytelling, a guided tour or a ride in a tank - join us for a fun day out this June.

Witness a Lancaster in flight

Sunday 8th June

See Original D-Day Archive Material

Museum Boardroom
11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

D-Day Log Book

Come and see original archive material to learn more about the RAF’s contribution to D-Day.

Hear about the experiences of those involved from pilots to parachute packers.

You will be able to read their memoirs, see what was achieved from their photographs and view official planning documents as well.

Viewing is free but we will need to know that you're coming! To pre-book your slot at either 11:00, 12:00 14:00 and 15:00 please click here

Listen to WW2 music and watch live contemporary dance

Bomber Hall
12:00 and 14:00
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June


We are thrilled to be hosting the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and the Elders Dance group throughout the D-Day Weekend. Both groups will perform beneath the wing of the Avro Lancaster.

Saturday 7th June

Susi Earnshaw Theatre School perform WW1/WW2 inspired sets including songs from their up coming show 'The Passchendaele Pierrots' and The Andrew Sisters.

For more information about the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School please visit their website.

Sunday 8th June

D2D and Counterpoint Dance Company have joined together to present 'Small Dance' and 'Letter Home', a contemporary dance production to celebrate the end of the War.  

D2D and Counterpoint Dance Company are a group that challenge the sedate image of older people and their abilities. Using dance they create a vibrant new image of the older person by developing, sharing, promoting and performing the creative ideas of over 55s.

Listen to D-Day stories and take part in games

D-DAY DISPATCHES: Historic Hangars at 11:00 and 13:30
PILOTS, PLANES & SECRET MISSIONS: The museum art gallery at 12:00 and 14:30

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

Two great opportunities to discover what it was like to serve in the RAF during WW2, and listen to some true life stories.

Pilots, planes & secret missions

Explore through fun interactive games what it was like to be air crew during D-Day – an activity session for all the family.   

D-Day dispatches

Storyteller Sonia Caller will share stories about the RAF involvement in missions on D-Day alongside the Army and Navy.  Real-life stories of some of the crew and aircraft that served during WW2. These stories will capture the imagination of all ages.

Get an insight into the museums D-Day artifacts

10:10, 11:30, 15:00 and 16:00
Meeting point: In front of the Lancaster in the Bomber Hall
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

Join one of our free tours which will take you to specific D-Day items in the collection. These tours are for all ages, free of charge and run for 30 minutes. 


Roll around Colindale in a tank

10:00 to 18:00 (various times, please check the booking page for more info)
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

Meeting in the museum car park
£8.50 adult
£5.50 child


APC Carrier

Ride around the local area in an Armoured Personnel Carrier - this experience is not to be missed!

Tours will depart from the museum and all slots must be pre-booked. Each tank tour lasts for 20 minutes - please arrive on site 10 minutes before your booking. 

Tickets are now on sale:
Adult ticket: £8.00 plus a 50p booking fee
Child ticket: £5.00 plus a 50p booking fee

For more information and to book please click here

Take part in live poetry

12:00 to 16:00
Echo Alpha Tango Restaurant

Poetry Takeaway

The Poetry Takeaway is the world’s first purpose-built mobile poetry emporium, available throughout D-Day weekend at the museums restaurant Echo Alpha Tango. Come along and one of the poetry chefs will cook up a personal poem just for you. This activity is free of charge and for all ages, no need to pre-book, just come along and join in! 

The Great Crusade: The Air War and D-Day

16:00 in the museum lecture theatre

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

On 6 June 1944, the allies launched the ‘Great Crusade’ to liberate western Europe. Key to the success of D-Day were the allied air forces commanded by Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory. This talk by the RAF Museum’s resident Aviation Historian explores the background, planning, experience and conduct of air operations in support of this momentous operation.

'The Great Crusade: The Air War and D-Day' will start at 16:00 and all are welcome! No need to pre book - just come along.

Take part in history

10:30, 13:00 and 15:00
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

Past Pleasures Ltd will be roaming throughout Historic Hangars over the weekend, ready to take you on a journey back in time. Meet two pilots on a very special mission...

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