Family Day 2018

Come and have family fun with an aviation theme!

Bring your family to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum’s ‘Family Day’ on Sunday 26 August between 1000 and 1700 hours – fun for the whole family all day with both indoor and outdoor children’s activities. The indoor activities include designing and colouring squadron badges, making paper aeroplanes, learning and using the Morse Code and Phonetic Alphabet and dressing up as a pilot.

It is hoped that present on the day will be an ambulance and a West Sussex fire engine (subject to operational requirements) for the children to explore. Chichester’s Air Training Corps Cadets will provide drill demonstrations. Outside, in addition to other interesting stalls there will be a mini train to ride on and demonstrations of radio controlled model tanks.

For the children there will also be readings of extracts from the book ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’, written by David Walliams and for the adults there will be short talks about SOE agents.

In the afternoon, subject to aircraft availability and weather, we are having a flying display by a Supermarine Spitfire owned by the Boultbee Fight Academy at Goodwood aerodrome. Try your skills at flying our simulators including for the adults our ever popular Lightning fast jet which now has enhanced graphics making your experience even more exciting and realistic. Come and see the Museum’s latest acquisition, a full scale replica of a Westland Special Duties Lysander aircraft used by the RAF to transport spies into and out of France. Enter a competition and try your hand at dropping bombs on a target from a radio controlled Lancaster model. A unique opportunity – sit in the cockpits of the Museum’s two Hawker Harrier jump jets. Subject to weather other famous aircraft cockpits will be open.

When you need a refreshment break, look no further that our NAAFI tea-room, beer tent and burger bar. Relax and listen to the music of the 40s and 50s from Angel Radio’s Pete Cross.

As a family come dressed in 1940’s clothes, either French or British – think ‘Allo Allo’ – there will be prizes for the best ‘dressed’ family.

With easy access, free parking – all you need to do is enjoy the day!

We look forward to seeing you.

Special reduced rates for Family Day of £7 for adults, £3 for children and a family ticket of £17 (2 adults and 2 children).


Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is pleased to be 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.

The presentations are usually given as an audio/visual presentation using the Museum's equipment. Our presentations can be tailored to suit audiences ranging from specialist societies to community based groups and range in length from 40 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter.

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.