In search of entertainment for a 2.5 year old on a Saturday morning in November we decided to give this place a go. Somehow we managed to arrive before it opened and were the first through the door.
After eventually prising our toddler away from the model planes in the entrance area ("don't you want to come and look at the real planes?" "no, I'm still playing with these models") we bumped into one of the museum's volunteer guides. He was fantastic - we saw him all the way around the museum and he helped us find all the things that our toddler would be interested in. I was expecting my wife and toddler to be bored after half an hour, but we managed to keep going all the way to lunchtime!
Highlights are an excellent selection of WWI and WWII planes, plus a simulation of an aircraft carrier (it truly is an amazing experience), and a real prototype Concorde. They also have a flight simulator, but we didn't try this.
The cafeteria is simple but does the job. They helped heat up our baby's jar of mush.
I visited the Royal Navy's fleet air arm museum recently, they have an array of planes that have been used in the past and present. a fair few aircraft to see and displays, the museum is on an operational base and you can see the comings and goings of aircraft from their viewing areas. well worth a visit:
You can see more of my pictures of the museum in my set on flickr:
We enjoyed a great day out at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, There is plenty of walking and loads to see and do, Its wheel chair and pram friendly with lifts most areas.
We did check on the costs in advance and thought it was pricey for the children so we joined a voucher scheme called days out UK and for a small membership fee we was able to down load a printable voucher allowing one child to go in free with one paying adult so that saved us £8.50 for each child.
The only annoying thing about the fleet air arm museum is the on site catering is fairly expensive for example sausage, chips and beans, Child portion was £3.85 and Adults was £6 not sure if we are being tight but we thought that was expensive being we had already paid £12 each adult to get in and i am sure Sausage, chips and Beans is not an expensive food to offer.
We did have a nice surprise is if you gift aid when you buy your tickets ( allows them to claim back the tax) they give you a free return ticket for all those who attended when you completed the gift aid and that lasts for twelve months so we will go again next summer
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