Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Planes from RAF Museum Cosford
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Admission free.
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.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Aviation, Archives

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.
Vintage Fair

Vintage and Handmade Festival

  • 15 — 16 August 2020 10am-4pm

If you love all things retro vintage and one off handcrafted pieces, then make sure you check out the Vintage and Handmade Festival, held in the spacious grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford. After the success of the last two years, the Vintage and Handmade Festival event will be even bigger and showcase over 50 local creators with a passion for their handmade, handcrafted and carefully selected vintage wares.


Festival Line-Up

• Over 50 local creators showcasing their handmade and handcrafted products and carefully selected vintage wares
• The finest local artisan food and drink
• Live music from across the eras
• Vintage Pop-up Beauty Parlour
• Vintage Photobooth and Dressing Up Tent
• Vintage Village and Vehicles
• Vintage Fairground
• Vintage Wedding Dress Display inside Hercules

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult
£ 5.00
Child (5-15 years)
£ 2.00
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children)
£14.00
Children under 5
Free

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or pay on the day (cash only)

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/25720?catID=25046&

Spitfire Cosford

Spitfire 10K and Spitfire Family Run Cosford 2020

  • 30 August 2020 9:15am-5pm

The Spitfire 10K and a Spitfire Family Run will take-off from our fantastic Cosford site on Sunday 30 August 2020!
After another sell-out event in 2019 we are excited to launch the Spitfire 10K in Cosford for 2020.
We are giving 1500 runners the opportunity to run a 10K in the unusual setting and magnificent surrounding of the RAF Museum Cosford. Don’t miss the chance to book your tickets and get one of our famous medals.

The Spitfire 10K begins outside Hangar 1, taking runners around the Museum site past several iconic aircraft before entering the RAF Cosford airfield! During this gently undulating course you will get to run up and down the runway!

Details for the day
The Spitfire Family Run starts at 9.15am and the Spitfire 10K at 10.00am on Sunday 30 August 2020. On site facilities include toilets, parking, free shuttle bus from Cosford railway station, bag drop, restaurant, 4D Experience, Virtual Reality Zone, Fun ’n’ Flight interactive gallery and Museum Shop.

Entry to the Museum is free of charge and runners, spectators and supporters are encouraged to explore the site on race day. Please note that access onto the airfield and runway are for runners only, spectators will not be able access this area. Parking charges will not apply for runners and until 12.30pm. After this point parking charges will apply.

Spitfire 10K technical t-shirts and running vests:
2020 Spitfire technical t-shirts and running vests, can also be purchased for £10.00 - £12.00 when you book your Spitfire 10K entry and will be available for collection on the day. The design will be published on here.

The deadline to pre-order your t-shirt is 26 July 2020. Please note that there will be a limited number of t-shirts and vests available for sale on the day for £12.00 - £14.00, but we recommend ordering in advance to avoid disappointment.

Fundraise for the RAF Museum and receive a free t-shirt!
Help us honour those who defended our skies during the Battle of Britain by fundraising for the RAF Museum and pledging to raise £80 for the 80th anniversary and receive your race day t-shirt for free.
The Spitfire 10K is a race organised by the RAF Museum charity. We therefore ask that all runners wishing to raise funds while running only do so for the RAF Museum, we thank you for respecting this.

SPITFIRE FAMILY RUN
The Spitfire Family Run will also be back in 2020. This gentle 1K route will follow a shorter race route in the Museum grounds past several aircraft! The race is suitable for all ages, but children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please click here for more information

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! Need some ideas for your outfit? Here's a few from previous years....

Suitable for

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

Admission

SPITFIRE 10K
Standard entry fee: £22.50*
Discounted entry fee: £20.50* (Members of UK Athletics affiliated clubs and Armed Forces Personnel will be asked to enter details to receive the discount)

Website

https://bookitzone.com/martin_burke_1/pBjFFX

Back to the Future Outdoor

Back to the Future - Outdoor Cinema Screening

  • 4 September 2020 5-10:30pm

Join us on Friday 4 September when our popular Outdoor Cinema Screening returns, this year we will be showcasing Back to the Future on a huge 30ft inflatable screen set in the Museum grounds, with a backdrop of aircraft and historic hangars.

Running time: 2 hours approximately

Ticket Price:
£13.00 in advance
£15.00 on the gate – subject to availability

he Museum will close at 5.00pm and gates for the outdoor cinema will open at 6.00pm. Take-off is expected around 8.00pm however please note the exact film start time may alter slightly, depending on light conditions.

Refuelling information
No film is complete without popcorn and sweets – climb on board our aircraft to get your supplies before settling down to watch the movie.

We will be offering a range of hot food / drinks during the evening details of which will be added on here nearer the time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Ticket Price:
£13.00 in advance
£15.00 on the gate – subject to availability

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26246?catID=25567&

Jurrasic Park Cosford

Jurassic Park - Outdoor Cinema Screening

  • 5 September 2020 5-10:30pm

Join us on Saturday 5 September when our popular Outdoor Cinema Screening returns, this year we will be showcasing Jurassic Park on a huge 30ft inflatable screen set in the Museum grounds, with a backdrop of aircraft and historic hangars.

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes approximately

Ticket Price:
£13.00 in advance
£15.00 on the gate – subject to availability

The Museum will close at 5.00pm and gates for the Outdoor Cinema will open at 6.00pm. Take-off is expected around 8.00pm however please note the exact film start time may alter slightly, depending on light conditions.

Refuelling information
No film is complete without popcorn and sweets – climb on board our aircraft to get your supplies before settling down to watch the movie.

We will be offering a range of hot food / drinks during the evening details of which will be added on here nearer the time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Ticket Price:
£13.00 in advance
£15.00 on the gate – subject to availability

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26247?catID=25568&

BoB Proms

Battle of Britain Proms

  • 12 September 2020 2-9pm

Join us on Saturday 12 September and celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire’s Paul Shuttleworth, we will be bringing you an afternoon and evening filled with 6 hours of music, reminiscent of a night at the Proms.

A festival of music, food and fizz, featuring some of the best talent across the country, supported by local acts culminating with a Last Night of the Proms style finale.

With music from Beyoncé to Beethoven and Elgar to Elvis, we really do have something for everyone of all ages!

Music acts will be announced on here in the coming weeks.

Lay out a picnic blanket, or set the scene with table, chairs, and of course Union Jack bunting and hand waving flags!

TICKETS:
Early Bird Price – until 30 April
• £25.00 per adult
• £5.00 per child (under 5’s free)
• £50.00 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Standard Price – advance tickets only
• £30.00 per adult
• £6.50 per child (under 5’s free)
• £60.00 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

All tickets include:
• 6 hours of live music
• Free parking
• Access to the Museum (until 5.00pm)
• Free activities for children including Giant Games and Selfie Station!
Access into the Prosecco Plane to buy your fizz and an array of local Street Food

Gates open 2.00pm with live music from 3.00pm

Event finishes at 9.00pm.

REFUELLING INFORMATION:
No proms is complete without food and fizz! Climb on board our aircraft, the Hercules, to buy your fizz. We will be offering a range of hot food and drinks during the events, details of which will be added onto the website nearer the time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Early Bird Price – until 30 April
• £25.00 per adult
• £5.00 per child (under 5’s free)
• £50.00 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Standard Price – advance tickets only
• £30.00 per adult
• £6.50 per child (under 5’s free)
• £60.00 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=413

Open Cockpits Weekend

Open Cockpits Weekend

  • 17 — 18 October 2020 10am-4pm

Our Open Cockpits Weekend events will be held from 10.00am until 4.00pm giving guests plenty of time to gain access / close view the aircraft selected and enjoy all the Museum hangars and facilities.

During the day, guests will be able to speak to many of our experienced and highly knowledgeable staff and volunteers who will be able to share aircraft information and answer any questions you may have.

The list of aircraft available for close viewing and access and the location of these will be shown in the list below shortly

Access into the cockpits is via sets of ladders, you must be physically able to climb these and lift your legs in and out of the cockpits. A minimum height requirement of 1.07 metres applies. Please note that size of cockpits vary, if the museum feels that it is not safe or possible for you to access a cockpit we reserve the right to refuse access. Please read the terms and conditions on the ticket booking page before making payment.

Tickets cost £13.50 per person and can be purchased in advance.
Please note parking charges are included in the ticket price.

All those attending the event will require a ticket. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have produced a special Log Book which can be purchased for just a £1.00 in advance, allowing you to keep a record during the event!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets cost £13.50 per person and can be purchased in advance.
Please note parking charges are included in the ticket price.

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26245?catID=25565&

RAF Conservation

Conservation Centre Open Week

  • 9 — 14 November 2020

For one week only, visitors will be able to view progress behind-the-scenes being made on a range of aircraft. Not only will visitors get the chance to view rare aircraft but the chance to speak to Museum Technicians, Apprentices and Volunteers who will be available throughout the week to speak with visitors about their work and answer any questions you may have on their current projects.

The Open Week will run 10.15am - 1.00pm

Admission is £6.00 per adult for the Open Week event (Children under 16 accompanied by an adult free)

Please note tickets can also be purchased on arrival from the Visitor Centre or at the Conservation Centre on the day.

Serving personnel are entitled to free admission on production of ID.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission is £6.00 per adult for the Open Week event (Children under 16 accompanied by an adult free)

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26050?catID=25434&

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Let’s Fly

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.

Rocket Science

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
Cosford
Shifnal
Shropshire
TF11 8UP
England

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Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org/cosford

http://www.rafmuseum.mobi

http://www.nationalcoldwarexhibition.org

E-mail

cosford@rafmuseum.org

Telephone

01902 376200

Fax

Museum Information Line

01902 376211

0844 561 1644

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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