Royal Air Force Museum, London

Come visit our exciting First World War in the Air Exhibition
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Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself.

Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. The Aeronauts Interactive Centre offers hands-on entertainment and education for all ages and includes cockpit controls, co-ordination tests, engine lifting, air speed, drop zone, pilot testing and more.

Take your visit to the next dimension by entering the Museum's 4D Theatre and discover how it feels to glide amongst the clouds. Don't forget to explore the Grahame-White Watch Office, the museum's latest permanent exhibition, which will transport you back to the pioneering days of flight at Hendon during the Edwardian period.

The onsite museum shop is packed with models, toys and gift items as well as exclusive magazines, books and videos. There is also a cafe and licensed restaurant and picnic area to take care of catering needs. Pay and Display Parking available.

A FREE, fun and fantastic day out for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10am - 6pm [last entry 5:30pm]

Admission charges

Admission is FREE to the Museum.
A car parking charge is payable.

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Additional info

Research Department open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Department in the first instance to arrange an appointment to meet with a curator.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Costume and Textiles, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An Artist's impression of what the new exhibition will look like

First World War in the Air

  • 4 December 2014 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Eleven years after the first powered flight, aviation emerged as a force capable of changing the face of battle. In 1914 the Royal Flying Corps numbered just 1,500 people. By 1918, when the Royal Air Force was created, this had grown to more than 205,000. The full strategic value of air power had become all too evident - both on the battlefield and on the Home Front.

This compelling story of the First World War in the Air will be revealed in a new exhibition in our Claude Grahame-White Hangar

Discover the vital work of the Service men and women on the ground as well as the changing roles of those in the air as the essential use of 'eyes in the sky' for reconnaissance was complemented by the introduction of new technologies for bombing and fighting high above the ground.

Many personal artefacts including medals, letters and uniforms will be displayed alongside the finest collection of First World War aircraft bringing both moving and inspiring stories to life - and ensuring that the bravery and sacrifice of these aviation pioneers will never be forgotten.

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/opening-of-first-world-war-in-the-air-exhibition/

Three Pilots - One War Exhibition at The RAF Museum

Three Pilots – One War Exhibition

  • 29 March — 9 December 2018 *on now

Our latest First World War in the Air temporary exhibition is inspired by the experiences of three pilots during the First World War.

Each pilot comes from a different country – Peter Falkenstein from Germany, Jean Chaput from France and Bernard Rice from England. All three men wrote frequent letters home. Much of what we know about the war comes from history books but personal letters can provide a unique insight into the everyday lives of those who served.

Our exhibition has been created by students from local schools and colleges in response to three letters, one from each of our featured pilots.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/three-pilots-one-war/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Little Swifts

Little Swifts

  • 24 May 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 12 June 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 28 June 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 10 July 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 19 July 2018 10:30-11:30am

Come and join our fun and lively sessions for pre-school children (aged 2-5 years)which include arts and crafts, games, stories and songs. Each session is linked to our amazing collection and helps bring our Museum to life.Little Swifts run the last Thursday of each month, in Aeronauts our gallery for children. Advanced registration is required to attend. To do so, please email learning-london@rafmuseum.org

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child. Adults go free.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/little-swifts/

Join us for Open Cockpits on 24 February

100 Open Cockpits and Cabs

  • 21 September 2018 6-9pm
  • 8 December 2018 1-4pm, 6-9pm

To celebrate the 100 years since the formation of the RAF, London and Cosford will be offering visitors the rare and exciting chance to get a closer look inside 100 cockpits and vehicles from our collection during our Open Cockpit and Cab events which take place during four events at each site.

Lucky ticket holders will have the opportunity to view a wide range of aircraft and vehicles which aren’t usually opened to the public.

The event will allow you to get a feel for what it was like to fly or drive these much loved machines.

The aircraft available to view during this Open Cockpits event will include:

- Phantom
- Canberra
- Hucks Starter
- Vampire F3
- Merlin EH101
- Whirlwind
- Hunter
- Gloster Meteor F8
- Sopwith Snipe
- Jet Provost 5

Additional dates for the 2018 100 Cockpits and Cabs events are:
- Friday 27 April
- Friday 21 September
- Saturday 8 December

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission is by advance ticket only; tickets cost £13.50 per person (plus a 50p booking fee) with members tickets £10.00 per ticket (please note membership cards will need to be shown on entry to the event).

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Cold War Experience Images

The Vulcan and Cold War Experience

  • 29 May 2018 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 26 June 2018 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 24 July 2018 10:15am-12:30pm

Our Vulcan, Phantom and Lightning are three of the Cold War’s most iconic aircraft. Between, them they tell a story of uncertainty and tension that loomed over the world for decades. Vulcan and Cold War ticket holders have special access to these mighty warriors:

- The cockpit of the Avro Vulcan B.2
- The pilot’s seat of the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2
- A ground crew tour of the BAC Lightning F.6.

The Vulcan and Cold War Experience runs the last Tuesday of every month at the RAF Museum London. Time slots are available from 10.20am to 12.20am, one person per session.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £49.50. Please arrive at Museum Reception five minutes before your chosen time and head straight to the Vulcan. Our team of Aircraft Access Volunteers will take you through your experience. Each session will last between 45 minutes and an hour. Please ensure you have read our access terms and conditions below before your visit.

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/events/13392?catID=12167&

Spitfire 100K Challenge for the RAF Centenary

Spitfire 100K Challenge

  • 1 April — 10 July 2018 *on now

The NEW Spitfire 100K Challenge will celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force by starting on Sunday 1 April, the day the RAF was founded in 1918. You then have 100 days to undertake 100K which gives you until 10 July to complete the challenge.

Our challenge is virtual, which means you have the flexibility to complete the 100K throughout the 100 days. You get to choose the time and the place whether it’s on the road, in the gym, or walking the dog! You can even get friends and family involved for moral support along the way.

Once you have signed up to the 100K Challenge, download the Distance Log so you can keep track of how far you've run, and we will publish the names of those who have completed the Spitfire 100K Challenge.

We would also love to see your progress on social media, so keep us updated on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #Spitfire100K100days.

After you have completed your 100K you will be awarded with an exclusive 100K Spitfire Challenge medal. We will release images of the medal very soon.

ENTRY FEE:
Standard Entry: £20.00* per runner
*All online entries include a 50p booking fee. An additional packing and postage fee applies to overseas entries this will be included in your entry fee when you purchase your ticket.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Entry: £20.00 per runner plus booking fee

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/spitfire-100k-challeng/

Luna Cinema presents at the RAF Museum

Luna Cinema Presents

  • 20 — 21 May 2018 9pm-12am *on now

Top Gun (12A)
Saturday 19 May
Doors at 7.30pm
Aviators sunglasses at the ready! Fast jets, great one liners and Tom Cruise…all at the RAF Museum surrounded by Hangars full of aircraft. What more could you ask for?

The Dambusters (U)
Sunday 20 May
Doors at 7.30pm
This 1955 classic is the story of one of the most daring raids over enemy territory during the Second World War by Guy Gibson and his famous crew, undertaken 75 years ago to the week.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adults - £15, Children - £10, Disabled + Carer - £7.50, group - £14

Website

https://www.thelunacinema.com/events/raf-topgun

RE8 of 16 Sqn. fitted with Klaxon and contact patrol markings (AL00221)

RFC/RAF contact patrols during the First World War

  • 25 May 2018 12:30-2pm

TALK OUTLINE

During the First World War a major role of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the later Royal Air Force (RAF) was to support the troops on the battlefield. The contact patrol was introduced in an attempt, to enable troop communications, although the issue of communicating between the ground and the air also had to be solved. The patrols had their successes and failures during the war but ultimately played a part in the eventual victory of British and Commonwealth forces and helped reduce casualties. In this lecture Mike Meech will provide an overview of the procedures and equipment used, both on the ground and in the air, and highlight the methodologies employed.

LOCATION AND TIME

This lecture will be held in the Museum lecture theatre at our London site at 12:30pm on Friday 25 May 2018.

TICKETS

This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy

ABOUT MIKE MEECH

Mike Meech spent eighteen years in H.M. Forces serving in both the RAF and the Army. He joined the RAF in 1971 as an apprentice at RAF Halton training as an Aircraft (Fitter) Airframes after which he served at RAF Brize Norton and with No. 72 Squadron at RAF Odiham on Wessex helicopters, involving exercises and operations in Germany, Northern Ireland and various parts of the countryside in Britain. After ten years he transferred into the British Army serving in the Intelligence Corps and was involved in a variety of work in different parts of the UK and overseas.

Since 1993 Mike has been a Volunteer at the RAF Museum working as a Tour Guide and in the Photographic Collection. He has been researching the subject of contact patrols since 2007. He has supplied information to authors, organisations and artists, and is a published author on this subject. His research is continuing both in depth, on the equipment used, and has also broadened to ‘contact patrol’ procedures of other nations including Germany, France, Italy and USA.

RAF MUSEUM RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture series is funded by the HLF and forms a part of our Research Programme for 2018. This programme consists of the Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, Cold War lunchtime lectures at our Cosford site and other events such as conferences. For further details about the RAF Museum’s Research Programme please contact research@rafmuseum.org

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/category/13862

May Half Term at the RAF Museum

May Half Term

  • 28 — 31 May 2018
  • 1 June 2018 1pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm
  • 2 June 2018 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm

Join us for storytelling and craft workshops in our First World War in the Air Galleries.


‘Cher Ami’
Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June
1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Free
Suitable for 4+

Hear the fascinating story of a Pigeon who managed to rescue an entire Battalion of Soldiers during the First World War.



Flying Goggles Workshop
Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June
11am – 3pm
£4 to take part
Suitable for 5+

Join Craft Work for a high flying craft activity in our First World War Exhibition. You get to make and decorate your very own flying goggles!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

28 May - 31 May - £4 per child, 1-2 June - free

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/may-half-term/

Three Pilots - One War Live Performances at the RAF Museum

Three Pilots - One War Live Performance

  • 2 — 3 June 2018 12:30-2:30pm

12.30pm - 2.30pm
Free Admission

Three Pilots – One War Exhibition, the unique insight into the everyday lives of three men from three different countries who served during the First World War, has inspired by a programme of live dance performances by Middlesex University BA Dance students.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/three-pilots-one-war-live-performance-2-3-june/

Pub Quiz @ Claude's After Hours

Pub Quiz @ Claude's After Hours

  • 7 June 2018 7-11pm

The first evening of the Summer After Hours series showcasing the menu in our NEW restaurant Claude's.

Thursday 7th June, 7pm

Test your general knowledge at our Pub Quiz and pit your team against our Quiz Master! Bring along a team of up to 6 people to take part. Don't worry there will also be some special questions dedicated to the RAF and the Museum. Let's get quizzical!

Goody bags will be awarded to the winning team, but there will also be prizes for the most inventive RAF or aviation themed name on the night!

This event will take place in our restaurant Claude's, there will be a range of food and drink on offer including classic Fish and Chips.

Tickets: £24 per table (up to 6 people)

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£24 per table (up to 6 people)

Website

https://claudes-after-hours.designmynight.com/5ad72f3e8a19d137bc6c1afd/claudes-after-hours

Mostly Comedy @ Claude's After Hours

Mostly Comedy @ Claude's After Hours

  • 14 June 2018 7-11pm

Mostly Comedy will be joining us for one night very special Claude's After Hours. The comedy club, run by Doggett & Ephgrave, is now in its 10 year and as a special treat they are coming to the RAF Museum.

The line up for the evening includes stand-up from the Olivier-nominated comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH (BBC’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘QI’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’) and three-times Perrier-nominated REGINALD D HUNTER (BBC’s ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘QI’, ‘Live at The Apollo’ and C4’s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’). Hosted by DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE ('Polished, natural comedians' - Camden Fringe Voyeur).

Line-up may be subject to last-minute alteration.

For more information about Mostly Comedy check out their website or for more information about the RAF Museum and how to find us please see our website.

This event will take place in our restaurant Claude's, there will be a range of food and drink on offer including classic British pie and mash.

Ticket: £12 per person

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person

Website

https://claudes-after-hours.designmynight.com/5ad7680e8daee4499f4ec407/claudes-after-hours-comedy

Armed Forces Day at the RAF Museum

Armed Forces Day

  • 30 June 2018 11am-4pm

11.00am – 4.00pm
Free
Enjoy a family festival day of music, activities, talks, tours and storytelling!

We will be celebrating with a star line up of music, featuring the Jive Aces, a six-piece high energy, jive and swing band, the North London Military Wives Choir and the RAF Halton Voluntary Band.

Entertainment and activities will also include:

100 years of uniform! – here the whole family will be able to dress in uniform worn throughout the last 100 year and take a souvenir photo
Craft Activities – kids (and maybe even adults too!) can get inventive and get crafty with a range of arty activities
Talks & Tours – delve into history and learn more about the RAF
Storytelling – kids can be inspired by fun and engaging stories
It promises to be a day for the whole family to enjoy.

This is a free event but you can reserve a free ticket : https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event/3172118?catID=13491

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/armed-forces-day-2018/

Night Flight! Sleepover for grownups at the RAF Museum

Night Flight! Sleepover for grownups

  • 14 — 15 July 2018 7pm-8am

The RAF Museum is excited to offer a once in a lifetime chance to spend a night snoozing under our aircraft! Lucky ticket holders will spend a night at the museum, explore the exciting and innovative new exhibitions until the early hours of the morning. There will be workshops and open cockpit experiences, you will be able to watch films all night and take part in our midnight pub quiz. All before settling down under our Sunderland for a snooze.


Activities:
Open Cockpits - the chance to sit inside some of the most iconic aircraft with an open cockpits experience
A midnight “pub” quiz

Workshops:
Make your own eye mask
Airfix making stations

Screenings:
Top Gun “I feel the need…the need for speed”
Airplane “…surely you can’t be serious…. I am, and don’t call me Shirley”
More films to be announced

Food and Drink:
Buffet Dinner
Midnight Snacks
Hot breakfast
Cash bar open until 1am
Tea and coffee available at all times

Talks, tours more activities to be announced soon.

You will be greeted with a drink on arrival, then seated for a delicious two course buffet dinner, later on midnight snacks will be served during our pub quiz. After a night’s sleep under the aircraft a hot breakfast will be waiting for you in the restaurant. Tea and coffee will be available for free all evening, and a cash bar will be in operation until 1am.

Lift off: 19.00 Saturday 14 July
Ticket: £120 per person

When you arrive, you will be given an exclusive programme for the evening which will contain the evenings activities and events.
Important information:

This event is for over 18s only, you will be asked for ID
The event starts at 19.00 on Saturday 14 July
You will be asked when booking tickets for your dietary requirements
We do not accept refunds for this event
Please be aware that the Museum will not take responsibility for any lost valuable items, so we advise you to not bring anything of sentimental or financial value.
There will be security throughout the venue

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/night-flight-sleepover/

Tricity Vogue Cabaret @ Claude's After Hours

Tricity Vogue Cabaret @ Claude's After Hours

  • 19 July 2018 7-11pm

Join us after hours for an evening of charming, offbeat musical cabaret from Tricity Vogue. She is the vintage songstress with a repertoire of surprising tunes and a colourful history of romantic misadventure. Tricity will be bringing her own unique sound - the music she likes to call "cheeky jazz". Think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails. If we're lucky Tricity will also bring one of her very talented friends.

Get dressed up for the occasion - we want to see full vintage!

Purchase your tickets quick before they sell out.

This event will take place in our restaurant Claude's, there will be a range of food and drink on offer including classy cocktails and tasty sharing platters.

Ticket: £10 per person

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 per person

Website

https://claudes-after-hours.designmynight.com/5ad9bec154053b3c8832ae98/cabaret-with-tricity-vogue

Family Festival of Flight at the RAF Museum

Family Festival of Flight

  • 21 — 22 July 2018 11am-4pm

11.00am - 4.00pm
Free
Take the paper plane challenge, follow the Squadron Dog family trail, perfect your drilling technique – and many more activities – at this free family festival. Includes family-friendly storytelling, and the chance to handle original and replica objects and to try on flight clothing.

More information coming soon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-festival-of-flight2018/

Avro Lancaster at the RAF Museum

Superhero Cinema

  • 27 — 28 July 2018 3-6pm

Come and watch The Incredibles and Big Hero 6 underneath the Lancaster, one of our biggest Aircraft at the Museum which was once flown by RAF heroes. We want to see you all in superhero costumes! So, don’t forget your cape and utility belt.

The screening is relaxed so you can choose to camp on the floor with cushions and beanbags or sit on one of our chairs.

Tickets: £5.50 per person (child and adult)

The Incredibles
Friday 27 July, 3.00pm

Bob Parr (A.K.A. Mr. Incredible), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), are the world's greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Always saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire as superheroes to live a "normal life" with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (who were secretly born with superpowers). Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.

Big Hero 6
Saturday 28 July, 3.00pm

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, Neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/events/15862?catID=14070&

Feathers and Flight at the RAF Museum

Feathers and Flight

  • 10 — 11 August 2018 10am-6pm

The Eagle has pride of place on the Royal Air Force’s badge and is just one of many birds that inspire the RAF everyday! Join us for a fun Feathers and Flight Trail and an opportunity to get close to some feathery friends!

The Eagle has pride of place on the Royal Air Force’s badge and is just one of many birds that inspire the RAF everyday! Join us for a fun Feathers and Flight Trail and an opportunity to get close to some feathery friends!

Feathers and Flight Trail

Date: Friday 10 – Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Cost: £1

Families will need to be eagle-eyed as they walk through the museum to go in search of the answers to our trial.

The clues will be nestled among the aircraft on display and will highlight the close relationship between aircraft design and birds.

Look out for the ‘Feathers and Flight’ boards and jot down the answers on your trail sheet - once complete, why not enter our Facebook competition by colouring in the RAF badge on the reverse (which also features an Eagle), cut it out to create a badge and share a photo on our page to be in with a chance of winning a £20 gift voucher to spend in the RAF Museum Shop**. So, if you have any eagle-eyed youngsters in your family and want to take part, all you need to do is pick up your trail sheet from the Hangar One on arrival for just £1.

Birds of Prey
Date: Friday 10 - Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: Flying Display 1pm and 4pm
Cost: FREE

On Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August the Museum will have some feathered friends flying in to meet with visitors. An array of birds of prey including Hawks, Buzzards, Falcons, Owls and a Bald Eagle on site to meet with visitors.

The pop-up falconry will be positioned outdoors in our beautiful newly landscaped museum site. There will be two fantastic flying displays at 1pm and 4pm on both days, where the true beauty of the birds will come to life. Between these displays visitors will be able to get up close and meet the birds and learn more about their incredible capabilities, their daily routines and special diets as well as some of their quirky likes and dislikes.
Viewing the display and meeting the birds is completely FREE!


**Terms and Conditions:
1) The Feathers and Flight trail runs from 10-11 August. Entries received after this time will not be entered into the draw.
2) The winner will be picked at random on Monday 13 August 2018 by the Public Events Manager, RAF Museum London.
3) The winner will be informed via Direct Message on Facebook of their success by Wednesday 15 August 2018.
4) In order to ensure that the competition is deemed to be fair by entering this competition, the winner agrees that their name and town of residence will be published on the museum's website and will be used in any subsequent publicity.
5) The winner’s names will be posted on the museum Facebook Pages.
6) The prize will consist of 1 X £20 Gift Voucher to spend in the RAF Museum Shop. No cash alternatives available.
7) Judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8) The competition is not open to Staff of the Royal Air Force Museum, Royal Air Force Museum Enterprises Ltd and staff of Kudos, or their family or friends

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/feathers-and-fligh/

Participants at previous Spitfire Runs

Spitfire Family Run

  • 1 September 2018 8:30-9am

A brand NEW run to accompany the Spitfire 10K will take-off from our fantastic London site on Saturday 1 September 2018!

Join us for this very special event, in a very special year and help raise funds for the RAF100 Appeal!


Attention! Kids, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, pilots and superheroes, it’s time for take-off!

Don your cape, dress up and race your way around our transformed museum site for the NEW Family fun run. Make your way around the central track, cheered on by your friends and family and zoom through the finish line to claim your exclusive medal! Remember – Fancy Dress is encouraged.

This gentle run will take place at 8.30am and will be approximately 1km in the transformed museum site.

Entry to the Museum is free of charge and runners, spectators and supporters are encouraged to explore the site on race day.

ENTRY DETAILS
Entry Fee

Standard entry (all ages): £5 (this includes a medal)

Each registered runner will receive a special medal upon completion. This race is suitable for all ages and is a distance of approximately 1K. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, that only paying participants will be awarded a medal.

All online entries include a 50p booking fee. To purchase your tickets online click here.

WHY SUPPORT US?
The Family Spitfire Fun Run will take place in both London and Cosford sites and will form part of a series of events taking place across the country celebrating and commemorating the history and achievements of the Royal Air Force and inspiring young people.
It is also an opportunity to raise vital funds for the RAF100 Appeal, which is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and the four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF family and to create a lasting legacy as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in 2018.

For more information on how you can raise money for the RAF100 Appeal, just download our fundraising pack here

DETAILS FOR THE DAY
The Spitfire Family Run will take place at 8.30 am before the Spitfire 10k at 9.00am.

On site facilities include: toilets, disabled parking, bag drop for runners, restaurant and Museum Shop (all of which will be open early).

We are only a short walk from Colindale tube, so why not arrive by public transport? For more information and advice on planning your visit click here

MORE INFORMATION
If you have a questions related to the event please contact the Events Manager by calling 0208 358 4972 or emailing us. you have a questions related to the Race please contact the Race Management Company by email.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event/2678229?catID=11529

Spitfire 10K 2018 at the RAF Museum

Spitfire 10K 2018

  • 1 September 2018 8:30am-12pm

The Spitfire 10K and a NEW Family Spitfire Run will take-off from our fantastic London site on Saturday 1 September 2018!

Join us for this very special event, in a very special year and help raise funds for the RAF100 Appeal!

This year we are offering 800 runners the opportunity to run a 10K on our historic airfield site. 2018 is a big year for the Royal Air Force and for the Museum. We have three new exhibitions and a beautiful landscaped site, evoking the London Aerodrome from 100 year ago. You will start under the Sunderland and run through the site and then continue around the streets of Colindale, before coming back on site to finish on our ‘taxiway’.

At the end of the race you will be awarded with an exclusive Spitfire 10K medal, which will be extra special for 2018 as this year will be the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

T-shirts can be ordered when you purchase your Spitfire 10K entry and will be available for collection on the day. The deadline to pre-order your t-shirt is Sunday 12 August 2018.

The 2018 design will be released in the next few months so watch this space.

Entry to the Museum is free of charge and runners, spectators and supporters are encouraged to explore the site on race day.

For 2018 we will also be holding a NEW Spitfire Family Run. This gentle run will take place around our transformed site. Each registered runner will receive a special medal upon completion. The race is suitable for all ages, but children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that only paying participants will be awarded a medal.

Entry Fee
SPITFIRE 10K
Standard entry fee: £22.50
Discounted entry fee: £20.50 (Members of UK Athletics affiliated clubs and Armed Forces Personnel)

All runners to be 15 years and older. Online entry includes a 50p booking fee.
Held under UK Athletic Rules. UKA Licence applied for.

SPITFIRE FAMILY FUN RUN
Standard entry (all ages): £5 (this includes a medal)

Online entries include a 50p booking fee.

To purchase your tickets online click here, or to download our postal entry form click here.

Why support us?
The Spitfire 10K will take place in both London and Cosford sites and will form part of a series of events taking place across the country celebrating and commemorating the history and achievements of the Royal Air Force and inspiring young people.

It is also an opportunity to raise vital funds for the RAF100 Appeal, which is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and the four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF family and to create a lasting legacy as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in 2018.

For more information on how you can raise money for the RAF100 Appeal, just download our fundraising pack here. Spitfire 10K 2018 Fundraising pack

Details for the day
The Spitfire 10K will take place at 9.00am on Saturday 1 September 2018. The Spitfire Family Run will take place before the main event at 8.30am.

On site facilities include: toilets, disabled parking, bag drop for runners, restaurant and Museum Shop (all of which will be open early).

We are only a short walk from Colindale tube, so why not arrive by public transport? For more information and advice on planning your visit click here

Dress in style
Why not do something different and do the Spitfire 10K in 1940s dress? Don your victory curls or flying jacket and run this event in style!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/spitfire-10k-2018/

100 Open Cockpits and Cabs at the RAF Museum

100 Open Cockpits and Cabs - 21 September

  • 21 September 2018 6-9pm

Date: Friday 21 September
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: £13.50 per person (plus a 50p booking fee), £10.00 for Museum Members

To celebrate the 100 years since the formation of the RAF, London and Cosford will be offering visitors the rare and exciting chance to get a closer look inside 100 cockpits and vehicles from our collection. These events will take place throughout the year at both sites, and we will open 10-15 aircraft or vehicles each time.
Purchase your tickets here

In London, we will be running 4 events throughout 2018; with each event focusing on a selection of different aircraft and vehicles. Some of the cockpits and cabs you will be able to step behind the scenes and peer inside using steps, on other occasions you might even be able to get access and sit inside. The event will allow you to get a feel for what it was like to fly or drive these much loved machines. A member of the Aircraft Access team will be next to each aircraft to share information and the stories of the people who flew them.

In total, there will be 50 cockpits and cabs opened in London this year. We will be releasing the list very soon, so please watch this space.

Please read our terms and conditions before purchasing tickets. Minimum age of 12 and a height restriction of 1.07 metres will apply for all of the events.

For more information about the event please download our FAQs sheet.

Tickets cost £13.50 per person (plus a 50p booking fee) with members tickets £10.00 per ticket (please note membership cards will need to be shown on entry to the event). To guarantee entry to the event please purchase your ticket in advance online.

The evening will commence at 6.00pm and finish at 9.00pm. The nearest tube to the Museum is Colindale, which is only a 10 minute walk away. If you are driving please note that parking charges are included in the ticket price. The Wessex Café will be open and serving a range of light bites and refreshments.

You can purchase our very special Log Book to keep track of the aircraft that you see throughout the year, for just £1! Why not try to get the whole 100!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/100-open-cockpits-and-cabs-september-2018/

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Royal Air Force Museum, London
Grahame Park Way
Colindale
London
Greater London
NW9 5LL
England

Website

www.rafmuseum.org/london

E-mail

Groups

groups@rafmuseum.org

Public Events

whatson@rafmuseum.org

Department of Research & Information Services

research@rafmuseum.org

School & Scout Trips

learning-london@rafmuseum.org

Telephone

Main Switchboard Number

020 8205 2266

Fax

020 8200 1751

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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