What is a Duxford Flying Day?

Flying Days are a new addition to the IWM Duxford events calendar for 2021.

Each event is themed allowing us to work with flying partners who call Duxford home, plus peers across the UK aviation community.

Each event will bring you the best aerial choreography, storytelling and conservation success stories from IWM Duxford through thrilling flying displays (subject to weather, serviceability and pilot availability) and themed ground activities.

Please keep checking our website for more information including details of what will be flying, timings and any changes to the programme.

COVID 19 Measures

We ask that you comply with all current Government requirements and guidance regarding COVID 19 that are relevant at the time of the event.

The latest official advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Are attendance numbers restricted?

All Flying Days for 2021 have a limited amount of tickets available due to COVID 19 restrictions. Please book your tickets in advance via the website to guarantee your place!

What COVID 19 measures will be in place on the day?

As with a normal day at IWM Duxford, the following measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all those on site:

  • Limiting the number of visitors on site 
  • Installing signage and markers throughout the site encouraging people to keep their distance and follow guidelines 
  • Providing hand sanitising stations 
  • Requesting that all visitors wear face masks while on site. Please note that this is mandatory when in indoor spaces including the hangars and exhibitions, visitor centre and IWM shop 
  • Ensuring all IWM staff and volunteers wear face masks at all times 
  • We will be accepting card payments only throughout the site  
  • Regularly cleaning public areas, such as toilets and the visitor centre
  • IWM is working with the governments NHS Test and Trace tracking system. Please note that your contact details, group size and time of visit will be collected when you book or attend one of our branches.
  • Group sizes remain in line with current Government advice.

For the latest information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If an event is cancelled due to changing government guidance, will I be issued a refund?

Should new government guidance mean we need to cancel an event, we will be able to issue you a refund and you will be informed of this decision via the email you have provided.

This email will also contain instructions as to how to claim a refund for your ticket should this happen.

Before the day
Do members get free entry to Flying Days?

Yes, free admission to Duxford Flying Day’s is one of the perks of being an IWM member.

Simply book your ticket via our website where you will need your Members promo code ready to claim your free entry ticket.

Please note that tickets to Flying Days are limited so do book early to guarantee your place!

Do I need to purchase a parking ticket separately?

No, as we have limited tickets to Flying Days, we have ensured there will be enough parking available for all ticket holders.

When will the tickets for the rest of the Flying Days go on sale?

At present, only the first three Flying Days are currently on sale. We will be releasing tickets to the rest of the events in due course.

Please continue to check our website and social media channels or sign up to our eNews to be the first to know when these tickets are released.

Accessibility
How accessible is the site?

Our site is situated on a mile-long airfield, mostly on flat ground. Some areas are laid to tarmac but the majority of ground is laid to grass.

Whilst we make every effort to make our site accessible, due to the nature of the site, some areas may not be suitable for customers with restricted mobility.

Wheelchairs are available to borrow, and there is a small visitor bus that travels between the various parts of the site. Lifts are available to use alongside members of your household. Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities will be open as normal.

What documents are accepted as proof of concession?

IWM reserve the right to request proof of entitlement to concessions. You will need to show either a document to say you are in receipt of ‘Disability Living Allowance’ or ‘PIP (Personal Independence Payment)’, along with your valid pre-booked ticket(s).

As a disabled person, can I bring my personal assistant with me?

Yes, you are able to bring one personal assistant free of charge. Please ensure you book a free personal assistant ticket in advance.

On the Flying Day
Can I bring a folding chair or picnic blanket?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a folding chair or picnic blanket with you on the day but please keep your belongings with you at all times.

Can I bring my dog?

As IWM Duxford is a working airfield, we do not allow dogs at the Flying days. Guide dogs and registered assistance dogs are permitted.

What time does the flying start?

IWM Duxford will open to the public at 10am. The flying will start at approximately 1pm and usually lasts around two hours, with the site then closing at 6pm. 

Please note that flying times will depend on weather, serviceability, operation commitment and pilot availability on the day. Please ask a staff member or volunteer on the day if you would like further information.

What aircraft will be flying?

IWM will continually update the participation list as new aircraft are added or amended. The final full participation list is available in the week prior to the Flying Day on the IWM website.

All flying is subject to weather and serviceability.

Can I bring a windbreak, tent or stepladder?

Windbreaks are allowed onsite at IWM Duxford but these must be secured properly and placed behind the white line on the grass area and not next to the display barriers.

Please note that large tents, gazebos and step ladders are not allowed onsite.

Can I bring a barbeque?

For safety reasons, visitors cannot have a barbeque anywhere onsite.

Our cafes will be open and we will have pop up catering facilities available offering food and drink.

Will there be activities on the ground?

Yes, there will be an exciting range of themed activities to participate in on the ground during each Flying Day. Please consult the website for further details.

Will there be commentary?

Yes, there will be commentary accompanying the flying displays.

Will the rest of the museum be open?

Yes, our hangars and exhibitions, visitor centre, cafes and shop will remain open for you to explore at leisure throughout the day.

What will happen in the event of wet weather?

All flying is dependent on the weather conditions to ensure the safety of our pilots. We will ensure any changes to the programme are communicated on the day of the event and encourage visitors to bring appropriate clothing for all types of weather.