IWM Duxford do a couple of shows throughout the year, each being different themes and the one we attended was 'Meet the Fighters'.
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the formation of RAF Fighter Command, the air show highlights Duxford's role as a wartime fighter station, looks at how the nation has been defended from air attack, and shows the vital importance of fighters to winning control of the largest battlefront on earth.
To make the most of our visit, we decided to stay over the evening before staying fairly local to get their early. We found the event signs seemed to take us the longer route however it was still a smooth and simple journey to arrive there.
Upon arrival the event was already up and running and some planes were taking off and landing and Jack was instantly amazed. We whizzed him away to get our passes and program before heading back out to watch some of the action. He was starstruck by all of the aircraft, both the ones in the air, the ones outside and those inside the museum.
Included within our passes we got to walk along the flight line, which you could purchase tickets for on the day, although I cannot remember how much it was a reasonable price. This meant we could get up close to some of the aircraft which would be shown during the airshow. You could speak to some of the people with the aircraft and generally have a better look at them.
Following this, we decided to head into the American Air Museum, which was rather impressive. Inside their was lots of various impressive aircraft but also displays with information, uniforms, quotations from those involved and other memorabilia. One thing we were drawn to in here, is an impressive memorial to 9/11 with a piece of steel work salvaged, especially as we visited on the 11th September.
Of course we headed into the other hangers too looking at the different memorabilia, not just aircraft but land vehicles and old buildings too. Seeing the old communications room was a favourite with Ashley.
As an additional fee you can purchase a boarding pass to go inside 10 different aircraft at IWM Duxford, 6 being outside and 4 inside AirSpace. Jack and Ashley went on these, just needing to purchase an adult ticket as Under 5s were free. Jack found this amazing! He's always wanted to go on an actual plane so going on the passenger planes outside was amazing to him.
Of course the main highlight from the day was the actual airshow, this started at around 1.30pm until around 5.30pm. Jack absolutely loved this, although being 4 its hard to stand around all that time so in between we popped into a museum to break up the timings. We managed to catch almost the majority of the air show.
We could tell Jack was having fun watching the aircraft, we stood up the top end of the runway where the planes were taking off and landing so we had a good view, but also some aircraft were parked here too. Jack was pretending and convinced he was controlling the aircraft and for the final two hours of the air show wouldn't move from his particular fence spot as he needed to sort 'his planes' out. The final part of the air show was performed by the red arrows. From a young age I can always remember the red arrows and I'm sure Jack will too. Ever since he's told everyone they were his favourite and when you ask him what he saw that weekend you are told the red arrows before correcting himself to air show.
In an ideal world, I think the a visit should definitely be done over two days to fully enjoy everything and get to watch the air show in full as the museums themselves are worthy of a full day. Needless to say with this we will certainly be returning.
As part of our visit we also received a lovely goody bag with some souvenirs from the shop in.We received a lovely t-shirt along with 2 mugs one of which is enamel. All of the gifts have gone down well, the quality and look of the items is amazing. Of course no trip is complete without a toy souvenir when your a child so Jack purchased some new die-cast aircraft to add to his collection which have been a treat, serving well to his idea of flying. The shop had a lot of lovely gifts for both children and adults along many different themes so I'm sure you could find something for everyone in there.
Overall, we all had a fantastic day out, and as I mentioned above will certainly be returning. Apart from the aircraft there are plenty of other stands to look around on airshow days along with the many museums. I found it to be perfect for the young and elderly with great facilities on hand too for help along the way. The toilets and baby changing are kept clean and generally are easy to locate around the sites. There is plenty of picnic space available but there are also 3 different places to purchase food on site, and I can assure you the food is delicious.
Please Note: We were provided with tickets to the airshow along with a goody bag in exchange for a review however all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.