The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum
The Heliport
Locking Moor Road
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
BS24 8PP
England

Website

www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

E-mail

helimuseum@btconnect.com

Telephone

01934 635227

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This unique collection of over 70 helicopters and autogyros forms the world’s largest dedicated rotorcraft museum and the only one in the United Kingdom.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

April-October
Wed-Sun 1000-1730
November-March
Wed-Sun 1000-1630
Open Bank Holiday Mondays
Open 7 days for Easter Fortnight and school summer holidays

Closed: Dec 24th, 25th, 26th and Jan 1st

Admission charges

2014 Admission Charges
Adults £6.50
O.A.P / Disabled £5.50
Children (4-15) £4.50
Family Tickets Available
GIFT AID AT NO ADDITIONAL COST FOR FREE 12 MONTH RE-ADMISSION.

Getting there

2 miles from junction 21 of the M5.
Just follow the brown propellor signs.

Collection details

Aviation, Land Transport, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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The First Helicopter Rescue

  • 2 January — 20 July 2014 *on now

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, and to kick-start its year of celebrations it has unveiled an exhibition that charts another important Anniversary in the world of helicopter aviation.

“The First Helicopter Rescue” tells the tale of the daring rescue mission that took place 60 years ago in April 1944 deep in the jungles of Burma during World War Two. An audio soundtrack explains to visitors the dramatic events that unfolded that day as Lt Carter Harmon airlifted wounded British soldiers to safety from behind Japanese lines. Information boards describe the background of the rescue and the famous pilot involved, as well as the history of the helicopter used in the rescue, the Sikorsky R-4.

The entire display is set in a tropical themed environment complete with bamboo huts, original artwork by West Country Artist Pipistrelle Dee and the sounds of the Burmese Jungle.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Museum admission applies with no extra charges for exhibition.
Gift Aid Ticket holders gain free 12 month entry.

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

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.
Open Air Re-enactment

World At War Weekend - Museums at Night 2014

  • 17 — 18 May 2014 10am-8pm

A Living history encampment and military vehicle exhibition courtesy of The Shopland Collection.

Climb aboard the WWII vehicles, view the equipment and handle the weaponry used in the first and second world wars. Meet the British Troops, German Paratroopers, Air Raid Wardens and Members of the Home Guard.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £7.50 , Children £6.00 , Family Tickets Available. Ticket price is all inclusive and includes admission to Museum, WWII Encampment and the Flight Simulator Convention also taking place on site.

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

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Spotters Weekend

  • 26 — 27 April 2014 11am-4:30pm
  • 20 — 21 September 2014 11am-4:30pm

Guided tours of the reserve collection take place throughout the day.
Please bring suitable outside clothing. View over 15 helicopter airframes held as spares or awaiting restoration including the Beatles Helicopter from the film 'A Hard Days Night'.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

The Helicopter Museum

Admission

Usual museum admission charges apply. No extra cost for tours or behind the scenes access.

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

Helicopter Museum of Army Flying

Museum Founder's Tour

  • 3 May 2014 11am-12:30pm

Discover the history of the museum, the stories of its acquisitions and discover how one man grew a private collection of helicopter memorabilia into the Worlds largest collection of Rotorcraft.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Helicopter Museum

Admission

Free Lecture and Tour. Standard Museum admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

Simulators

Flight Simulator Convention

  • 17 — 18 May 2014 10am-5:30pm

A Living History Encampment and Military Vehicle Display will also be on site. Over 30 flight simulators will be set-up in the aircraft hangars for visitors to 'test fly' including several simulators of WWI and WWII fighter planes. Trade stands, themed catering and optional flights available. Visiting aircraft can be viewed on the museum's helipad.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

The Helicopter Museum

Admission

Adults £7.50. Children / Concessions £6.00. Family tickets available.

Website

http://www.fscweston.co.uk

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Stars Of TIme Sci-Fi and Movie Extravaganza

  • 26 — 27 July 2014 10am-5:30pm

An action packed day not to be missed.
Celebrity Autograph Signings.
The Ghostbusters Live Action Audience Participation Show.
Meet the stars of Dr Who.
An Audience With The Daleks.
Helicopter Flights and Open Cockpits.
Costumed Characters.
Dealer and trade stands.
Competition To Fly In A Helicopter with Bond Girl Caroline Munro.
007 Autogyro Flight simulator.
Fancy Dress welcome and encouraged.
Memorabilia Auction.
Movie Cars.
Beware the giant Staypuft Marshmallow Man!!

For further details please visit www.starsoftime.co.uk. '

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

The Helicopter Museum

Admission

Adults £10.00
Children / Concessions £6.50
Family tickets Available

Website

http://www.starsoftime.co.uk

The Helicopter Museum

Open Cockpit Festival

  • 3 August 2014 10am-5:30pm
  • 6 August 2014 10am-5:30pm
  • 10 August 2014 10am-5:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 10am-5:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 10am-5:30pm
  • 27 August 2014 10am-5:30pm
  • 31 August 2014 10am-5:30pm

To celebrate the Helicopter Museum's 25th Anniversary an assortment of aircraft (previously never opened to the public) will be open and available for cockpit access. Aircraft include the Huey, Hind Russian Gunship and Agusta 109. Please refer to website for information and for which aircraft are open each Sunday and Wednesday.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

No charge for Open Cockpit Access. Admission: Adults £6.00. Children (4-15) £4.50. Family (2 Adults / 2 Children) £17.00. Family (2 Adults / 3 Children) £19.00. Senior Citizens £5.00.

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

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Halloween Fun Day

  • 26 October 2014 10am-5:30pm

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL CHILDREN IN HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS
Meet the monsters, aliens, ghouls and ghosts from the world of TV and film.
Halloween art workshop.
Games, exhibitions and activities including musical statues, fancy dress competitions and scary disco dancing.
Helicopter flights and open cockpits.
Haunted Helicopter and live entertainment.
Special movie screening in the museum film theatre.
Flight (fright) simulator.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare

Admission

Free Admission For all Children In Halloween Fancy Dress.

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

Swing Fever

Wartime Swing Hangar Dance

  • 12 September 2015 7:30-11:45pm

Live Band and Vocalists perform wartime swing from the WWII era and American Swing era in an authentic aviation setting surrounded by real historic aircraft.

Licensed Bar, Large Dance Floor, Evening Buffet. Smart dress requested with period / aviation attire optional.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

The Helicopter Museum

Admission

Tickets £14.00 (includes evening buffet) available from The Helicopter Museum
Telephone 01934 635227

Website

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

Getting there

2 miles from junction 21 of the M5.
Just follow the brown propellor signs.

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