Tuesday 13 March 2012

A day at Duxford Imperial War Museum

We had a bit of a different day last Sunday, instead of going to Church the whole family joined dh and his cub pack for a trip to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and thank heavens we did.  What a fabulous day we had.  Not in a million years did I expect to really enjoy this day quite so much.

It really is a full days adventure, there is so much to see and do and all that land - the kids just loved being able to run and enjoy the space while watching the light air crafts take off and land. Dh and his cubs set off for a 1/2 hour talk and demonstration of some of the exhibits at the museum whereas the girls and I took to the playground and we wasted an enjoyable 45 minutes in the sun with a cup of tea.

We next explored the American Air Museum and whilst I was pretty taken with the B52 and Blackbird spy plane they loved the massive slopes in the hanger and the fun of running down them.  We joined the cubs for the last part of their talk and everyone got to dress up like a 2nd world war pilot.

Being an organised sort we took a picnic with us and I was glad we did as the weather was beautiful and to be honest the food, whilst looking good was very expensive.  £2.70 for a belgium bun and £8.95 for hot dish of the day. I paid £3.70 for a medium sized coke and a bottle of water - not cheap!

The most fun was had in the AirSpace hanger where you travel through time and see how planes developed from the very earliest man powered vessels to being able to walk through Concord and see a spitfire. This hanger was filled with loads of interactive exhibits and these really engaged the kids and taught them something new.

I was absolutely amazed that two 4 year old girls enjoyed the day so much.  Miss E has already asked when she can return there and Miss M commented that she would like to live there really and then you have me, I know nothing really about the wars our country has fought and I have no interest in aircrafts but I was in awe the whole time we were at Duxford. I would even like to return alone so that I can visit the 6 other hangers/ exhibits that we did not get to visit.

Our family would happily recommend a day out to Duxford Imperial War Museum and whilst it was not free like many of the London museums it was definitely worth the entrance fee.  Children (under 16) are free and adults cost £14.95 or £11.60 if you travelled in a group of 10 like we did.

This is not a sponsored post, we just had a fab day!
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