NEWARK AIR MUSEUM - News Release
2008 Events Programme
At Newark Air Museum
Throughout 2008 Newark Air Museum celebrates a series of anniversaries. To make these special the museum volunteers have put together their most ambitious set of events ever! These are listed in three categories for which different admission rates may apply.
On-Site Events 2008
Admission for each of the following events is Adults £6.25, Over 60s £5.75, Children £4.00 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £18.50.
7 February: Celebrations to mark the 25th Anniversary of Vulcan XM594 being flown in to Winthorpe Airfield; Free admission to the Vulcan cockpit on this day for anyone paying to visit the museum.
9 to 17 February: Half–Term Open Cockpits – each day during the half-term period at least one cockpit will be open for inspection [a small additional fee is charge to access the cockpit]
13 March: Buccaneer Anniversary Markings – unveiling of a set of temporary anniversary markings on XN964 to celebrate the types 50th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of XN964 being delivered to the museum.
24 & 25 May: Fighter Cockpit Days – special opening & viewing of some of the museum’s fighters.
14 & 15 June: Cockpit-Fest 2008 & Aeroboot – Annual display of visiting cockpits from around the country & the traditional Aeroboot avionics and aviation goods sale.
13 & 14 September: Battle of Britain Open Cockpits - special opening & viewing of some of the museum’s cockpits and a range of visiting displays.
Special On-Site Events 2008
Enthusiast Tours - The first five dates for 2008 has now been agreed for the popular Newark Air Museum Enthusiast Tours and these will be on the following Saturdays. Please note that the museum is open as normal on these dates:
9 February 2008
23 February 2008
8 March 2008
5 April 2008
19 April 2008
Places are only available by pre-booking and the all-inclusive entrance fee is £15 per person. Tour participants are greeted with a welcome snack before being taken in small escorted groups onto various museum aircraft including: Hastings, Shackleton, Varsity, Vulcan, Canberra & Phantom Cockpit. A special part of each tour is a behind the scenes tour to see “missing airframes” i.e. those undergoing restoration or that are in long-term storage around the site. After the tour, participants are free to wander around the extensive museum site at their leisure. Each Enthusiast Tour is limited to just 12 participants.
Day-Night Photo Shoot – The first date has been selected as Saturday May 24, 2008. The event will commence after the museum closes at 5pm. The event will feature themed ground equipment; uniformed personnel; and illuminated aircraft. The aircraft being featured for this first event will include: Vulcan, Shackleton, Hastings & Buccaneer. Admission costs £20 per person and places will be limited to 50 people. Anyone interested is asked to email in for details via the museum website.
Off-Site Events 2008
A series of talks based on the Avro Vulcan during five decades of service with the RAF has been arranged at the Holy Trinity Community Centre, Boundary Road, Newark, NG24 4AU.
22 May 2008 @ 2000 hours – Flying the Vulcan – by Group Captain John Laycock.
21 August 2008 @ 2000 hours – Fighting the Vulcan – by Squadron Leader High Prior.
20 November 2008 @ 2000 hours – Showing the Vulcan – by Squadron Leader David Thomas.
There will be just 200 places available for each talk and tickets will cost just £5.00 per person.
Footnote: Several other events are still at the planning stage. When details are confirmed they will be released via the News Page of the museum website at www.newarkairmuseum.org
The On-site and Special On-Site events will be held at the museum’s Winthorpe Showground, Site, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY. Telephone: 01636 707170.
Unless otherwise advised the event opening times will be November to February daily 1000 – 1600 hours; October to March daily 1000 – 1700 hours (including weekends & Bank Holidays).
Newark Air Museum website - www.newarkairmuseum.org