The RAF Cosford Air Show is always a great family day out and with children under 16 going free and free parking it wonít break the bank. Itís the largest aviation event in the West Midlandsbut is renowned for the huge variety of attractions on the ground with something for all the family. This yearís prices have been frozen for the third year but with numbers capped you need to buy your tickets early.
The flying displays at this yearís show on Sunday 8 June will feature the best of the modern day Royal Air Force, classic aircraft and set pieces and will also pay tribute to other special anniversaries including the Red Arrows 50th and the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Many of the ground attractions are under cover so even the British weather wonít stop the fun. There is a large indoor craft fair and three other hangars full of a wide variety of interactive exhibits from the Royal Air Force and many other local organisations. You could even have your photo taken sitting in the cockpit of a fast jet or see the iconic Harrier close up.Making their inaugural appearance are the Combined Royal Air Force Pipes and Drums who will be showing off their prowess in the main arena during the day. The Pipes and Drums are a major display and engagement asset of the Royal Air Force providing support to many national and local events.
If some of the younger members of the family are interested in a career in aviation or science you can find out about the opportunities first hand from those who know Ė whether itís the RAF, local industry or academic advice there will be a chance to find out more in the special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) area. As well as all this you can enjoy the renowned RAF Museum which on the day is open only to Air Show visitors and included in your ticket.
Itís not all about aircraft though; outside you will find the childrenís fun fair, inflatables, simulator rides and exciting arena displays which include military bands and other thrilling performances. There are also plenty of shopping options for all the family and eating areas where you can choose anything from a family meal deal in the picnic area to the buzz of the atmosphere in the main bar.