Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is home to over 75 historic aircraft and offers a fun, entertaining day out for the entire family. Aircraft on display include the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Plus, visitors can now see the museum’s latest acquisition, the VC10 displayed alongside the Hercules.
10am - 5pm
A car parking charge is payable.
75 historic aircraft are displayed in three fully heated wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. The collection spans over 90 years of aviation history from the first crossing of the channel in 1909 and the first civil transport flight in August 1919, to Polaris, lately Britain's nuclear deterrent.
Aircraft on display include the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Plus, visitors can now see the museum’s latest acquisition, the VC10 displayed alongside the Hercules.
Set amongst the museum’s collection of warplanes, three iconic First World War aircraft; the Sopwith Pup, Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter and the Bristol M.1c form the centre piece of the ‘First World War in the Air’ Exhibition. Displayed alongside the aircraft are the personal items of Second Lieutenant Kevin Robert Furniss of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), who lived only a few miles from Cosford in Wolverhampton.
In addition to aircraft, the museum is home to a number of smaller unique exhibitions including the NEW ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus – a life of a pioneering aviator’, Lucky Mascots and RAF Boy Entrants. Plus, in Hangar 1 you will find the 1:1 scale Airfix Spitfire model built by TV Presenter James May.
Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Aviation, Archives
Open Cockpits Evening
- 19 — 20 May 2017 6-9pm
A wide range of aircraft are available for close viewing including; transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes. Visitors will be able to get a feel for what it was like to fly these much loved machines and in addition, have after-hours access to the Museum. With just 300 tickets available per evening, organisers are anticipating the two day event will be hugely popular with aviation fans eager to get on-board a collection of historic aircraft.
Tickets are now available to purchase through the museum’s website www.rafmuseum.org/cosford and cost £12.50 per person which includes parking. Minimum height restrictions of 1.07 metres will apply.
Cosford Food Festival
- 22 — 23 July 2017 10am-5pm
Fine food and flying machines!
A tasty line-up of over 90 local producers will be heading to the Cosford Food Festival, taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, which promises to serve up the very best food and drink the Midland’s has to offer.
Held in the spacious grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford, a bustling food market will showcase some of the region’s finest artisan produce and locally brewed beverages. On top of popular favourites, there will be plenty of new producers joining the festival for the first time, making this year’s event the biggest and the best yet.
Organisers have also lined up delicious food for visitors to enjoy at the festival and will be serving up flavours from around the world to tempt foodies.
Visitors can learn from local chefs how to prepare the perfect dish during live cooking demonstrations both days, including a chef from the RAF. Plus, festival goers can sit back and enjoy live music including performances from Cosford and Shawbury Military Wives Choir and the 1940s vintage vocal harmony trio The Bluebird Bells.
With plenty of entertainment for the entire family taking place over the whole weekend, including cookery classes, circus skills and an under 5’s play bus, it is sure to be a great day out!
- Any age
Child (5-15 years) £2.00
Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) £14.00
Children under 5 - FREE
A session designed to give the children an insight into the various roles and operations that take place within an airport. This will include security, passport control, weighing baggage and ticket collection.
The children will take part in role-play situations. Prior to the visit the children will need to have made an individual passport to bring to the museum.
The session ends with the children boarding our BAC 1-11 aeroplane. Once on board the children will learn about meals, emergency procedures and have the opportunity to view the cockpit.
This workshop will last 45 –60 minutes. There is no charge for this workshop.
This workshop enables each child to design and make a realistic rocket and launch it safely. The rockets are propelled using a unique electrically-controlled compressed air launcher.
This workshop can be held indoors or outdoors and lasts 45-60 minutes. There is a charge of £15.00 per 30 children.
Science Activity Days (KS1)
During the day the children will experience two science / D&T based workshops – parachutes and helicopters.
During each workshop children will have the opportunity of working with a variety of materials.
Each workshop lasts 50 – 60 minutes.
Science Activity Days (KS2/3)
During the day the children will experience two science / D&T based workshops. Schools are able to choose two from the following: Rockets; Buggies and Gliders.
Each workshop lasts 45 minutes. There is a charge of £1:00 per child for this activity.
World War Two evacuee's experience
An opportunity for children to gain an insight into life in school in late 1939.
During this workshop the children will make a gas mask box and complete a national registration card. The children will experience the sounds of an air raid siren and falling bombs and evacuate into an Anderson shelter constructed within the confines of the Education room.
Other aspects of Wartime life can be included - rationing, propaganda, handling a collection of artefacts and uniforms. Schools can determine the actual content of each session.
This workshop will last for 50 –60 minutes. There is a charge of £1.50 per child for this workshop.
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
Museum Information Line
0844 561 1644