IWM Duxford is thrilled to announce that, from Wednesday 19 May, the museum will fully reopen to the public with all hangars and indoor exhibitions open to visitors. Tickets have also been released today for the first three Flying Days which will be taking place from May through to the autumn. A new addition to the IWM Duxford calendar, Flying Days are themed events guaranteeing fantastic flying displays over the airfield and entertaining activities on the ground.  

In line with the latest government guidance, IWM Duxford is delighted to be able to welcome visitors back on site to experience all areas of the museum from Wednesday 19 May. Step into the former Second World War nerve centre of RAF Duxford in the Ops Block: Battle of Britain exhibition, which opened to the public last September, or explore original aircraft and intriguing collection items in the newly Grade II* listed American Air Museum. General admission tickets can be purchased via the website and must be booked in advance.

Having been recently selected by the British Air Display Association (BADA) to receive a trophy for its Showcase events in 2020, the IWM Duxford Air Show team is pleased to announce that tickets for its first events of the flying season are available to purchase from today. The first three of the newly introduced Flying Days will be:

  • Standing Together, Saturday 22 May – following Mental Health Awareness week, the first Flying Day of the season will feature ground content focusing on educating and informing people about issues relating to mental health. This will include volunteer talks about the importance of promoting good mental health within the armed forces, both historically and in the present day.
  • Celebrating D-Day, Sunday 6 June – vintage ground activities and living history groups will bring the 1940s to life with the chance for visitors to learn more about this remarkable Second World War seaborne invasion. Watch as vintage aircraft, including Spitfires and Thunderbolts, take to the skies over this former RAF base.
  • Thank You Dads, Sunday 20 June – fathers and father figures will be celebrated at this themed Flying Day, complete with crazy golf and displays of contemporary, vintage and military aircraft.

Tickets for the remainder of IWM Duxford’s Flying Days will be released in the coming weeks. Please refer to the website for the most up to date information (please note that IWM Members can attend these events free of charge).

IWM Air Show Event Manager, Phil Hood, said “Following 2020’s cancellations we have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to organise an array of events at IWM Duxford which are adaptable to the ever-evolving situation. We are delighted to introduce our new series of Flying Days which will kick off in May and continue right through to the autumn, each one of which has been themed to ensure no two events are the same. We also can’t wait to unveil the plans for our two summer Air Shows which, although they may feel slightly different to the norm, will entail hours of incredible entertainment in the skies.”

IWM Duxford’s two Air Show weekends are scheduled to go ahead with Duxford Summer Air Show taking place from 24-25 July and the Battle of Britain Air Show from 18-19 September. More details and tickets for these events will be released shortly. For the most up to date information on the reopening of IWM branches and details on tickets and flying content for our events please visit the IWM website.