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Our Move to Step 4 Guidelines

After consultation with our staff, museum members and some members of the public the museum trustees have decided to still encourage social distancing and other Covid-19 mitigation measures. These measures are outlined below and are in line with requests from the government and good practice guidelines issued by various Visitor Attraction bodies.

From Monday 19th July 2021 Government Guidelines change, meaning that face coverings are no longer compulsory Indoors at the museum. However, we would like to advise visitors that we still strongly recommend the wearing of face covering wherever possible to minimise the risk of virus transmission. This will be voluntary and will apply to indoor areas like the Shop, Café, Engine Hall and Display Hangars.

As throughout the pandemic you DO NOT NEED TO PRE-BOOK to make a visit to the museum. We will remain open 7 days per week including Bank Holidays: 10am to 5pm, with last admission being at 4pm.

Please be aware of some special arrangements for September 2021 PLEASE Read The Information In Here.

Visitors will no longer be compelled to provide Track & Trace information, but we will encourage people to still scan in using the NHS App. Our current aim is to reintroduce normal museum opening on a gradual basis. Initially this will involve re-establishing the original layouts in Hangar 1 & 2 and the removal of the one way systems. This will be done as and when we are able to get the barriers repositioned and the exhibits made presentable. Eventually we will also reopen the Small Objects Building, but with strong recommendation that everyone wears face coverings due to the enclosed nature of this particular building.

In the museum Café we will gradually reintroduce more tables, but this will be monitored closely and at busier time visitors will be encouraged to use the external picnic tables.

Sadly, we do not envisage an immediate return to offering open cockpit access to our larger exhibits like the Vulcan, Varsity, Shackleton and Hastings, which are still deemed too enclosed and too challenging to clean to acceptable Covid-Secure standards. We will however consider a phased return to viewing opportunities on some of the smaller aircraft cockpits in the hangars and perhaps outside. Again the timescale for this has still to be established after full consultation with members of our Open Cockpits Team.

Normal museum admission rates now apply 

Pre-Covid admission rates will apply: Adults £9.50, Over 65s £8.50, Children £5.00 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £26.00. If you are able to consider GIFT AIDED Admission it would provide a huge boost to our fund raising efforts in these challenging times.

Current thoughts regarding 2021 Museum Events

We plan to run an Autumn 1940s Weekend event on 2nd & 3rd October, 2021

We are also considering arranging an Outdoor Aeroboot for later in October, date TBC.

Please be aware ALL of these proposals could be subject to change by government legislation at any time. We will post regular updates here on our website and also on our Social Media feeds.

As a volunteer managed registered charity we rely on public admission fees, shop sales etc. to fund our operation and we will be ever reliant on the generosity of our visitors, volunteers and staff in these unprecedented and challenging times.

There are two funding routes that you can use to help us: 

You can make a donation right now by following this JUST GIVING weblink.

By using the EASY FUND RAISING site; please use this link to register and start helping to raise funds for the museum right now.


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