Family Day 2017

Show Report

The Museum’s Family Day was a huge success with nearly 1,300 visitors in total passing through our entrance gate.

In addition to the Museum’s established exhibits, special attractions included a Battle of Britain plotting table re-enactment, open cockpits, a West Sussex fire engine for children to clamber over and a demonstration of radio-controlled model tanks which members of the public were invited to try out.

A radio-controlled model Lancaster bombing competition was managed superbly by members of No 461 (Chichester) Squadron Air Training Corps who also helped to run our small simulators. Talks on Tangmere’s women secret agents were given periodically in the Museum cinema.

A range of indoor activities specifically for young children included designing and colouring squadron badges, making paper aeroplanes, learning and using the Morse code and phonetic alphabet and dressing up as a pilot for photographs.

A variety of stalls encompassed flower-arranging, children’s tombola, aviation books, clocks and pictures with refreshments provided by a burger/hot dog bar in addition to our NAAFI Tea Room, and for the thirsty, a beer tent from supplied by Hammerpot Brewery.  Music was provided throughout the proceedings by Angel Radio’s Pete Cross and a skiffle group from the Bognor Regis Branch of the RAF Association – real ‘oldie’ music!

To cap the day, during an afternoon of glorious sunshine, visitors were treated to a magnificent Spitfire ‘flyby’ by John Dodd of the Boultbee Flight Academy based at nearby Goodwood airfield.

Family Day proved a most enjoyable occasion for both young and old.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.