We were recently invited to spend the day at Imperial War Museum Duxford‘s Meet The Fighters Air Show. Air shows have always been a staple in my life and having not been to Duxford in a few years I was excited to go again and this time with Phil, Toby and Martha.
The drive to the event was fine and I was impressed to see that the area leading up to the entrance wasn’t backed up even though it was the prime opening time for the air show. I’ve been to other air shows and have had to queue in the car for hours just to get in, never mind actually park, so this was a big deal tick.
Toby immediately loved the huge hangers and it took some persuading to get him walking in the right direction to go and meet the PR team in the main Duxford shop. He was, however, happy with an event guide to peruse whilst we found our way around.
The main buildings are well signposted throughout the air field and we could see where toilets, shops, cafes and restaurants all were as well as the main Imperial War Museum building and hangers with various static displays. We headed out to the flight line where we were able to get a closer look at some of the aircraft that we would later see taking to the skies. Toby loved it but desperately wanted to go right up to them!
A photographer from Duxford took some promotional shots of us, so keep an eye out for our faces on future flyers or posters if we make the cut!
We then went to The Workshop restaurant where we shared two cooked breakfasts between us. It wasn’t a huge amount but it set us up for the day we went there again for a late lunch, where we had an enormous family platter!
Now obviously air shows are generally pretty loud and this was something that we had considered when deciding to take two small children. Martha being Martha mostly fed and slept throughout the day and Toby being Toby mostly ran around like a loon! We had packed a couple of ear defender headsets but because Meet The Fighters isn’t display featuring modern jet planes, we didn’t actually put them on the kids in the end. A display featuring pyrotechnics was quite loud and both Toby and Martha were napping so we simply went to look around the Imperial War Museum.
Amongst the stalls selling aviation paraphernalia, food and drink, there is also a great play park with loads of sections for youngsters to climb up, crawl through and slide down. Toby loved it!
We were also gifted a t-shirt, guide book and a couple of lovely commemorative mugs from the Imperial War Museum Duxford shop, all of are which good quality and can be found alongside loads of other lovely products at the IWM online shop.
There were some wonderful air displays, including 14 Spitfires flying in formation, the UK’s only remaining air worthy Lancaster, Sally B and the most famous air display team; the amazing Red Arrows!
Toby was even invited on to a fire engine by one of the fire fighters, which he absolutely loved! He wasn’t as interested in the planes at first as I’d thought he would be, but after a nap and certainly by the time we saw the Red Arrows he was full of exclamation of “Wow! Look at that!”.
We had an amazing day and would highly recommend War Museum Imperial Duxford to families who would like an exciting, fun filled day out.
** We were given complimentary tickets, meal vouchers and gifts from War Imperial Museum Duxford. All words and opinions expressed are my own **