My boys really enjoyed their
recent visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum
there was so much to see and do. It was
a very interactive exhibition with lots for them to engage with and all the
while very educational.
Museums can be tricky with
children they can get bored and lose interest, but here they got to venture
onboard a Concorde (the cockpit is something to see with all the buttons!), sit
inside a life raft, watch a Royal Navy helicopter take off from one of the
viewing galleries and wonder around the realistic aircraft carrier experience
after arriving on it by a rather convincing “helicopter flight” (you could feel
all the vibrations and sounds!). Yes I
can confidently say the boys had a memorable time, which would have been well
worth the entrance cost. I would
recommend booking in advance online to save 20% on your visit just to make it
even more affordable.
Leave plenty of time for your
visit as it does take a good few hours to get round everything (the museum is
vast!), I think we stayed about three and a half hours but could have managed
longer if we had read all the displays and information available.
My boys tended to stand in awe of the
various aircraft and soak up the atmosphere of the place, but they still learnt
lots of new things. The collection of
aircraft is very impressive. Aside from
the Concorde they also could go on-board a Search and Rescue Sea King Helicopter,
which pleased them no end.
There are lots of screens dotted
around with games to play all helping them learn more about aviation
history. A definite highlight was
listening to a short and entertaining presentation about the role of pigeons in
the military. It was interesting and
the volunteer who did the talk really captured the boys attention. Pigeons played a fundamental part in the war
and it was fascinating learning more.
The volunteers as a whole were
knowledgeable and friendly, my boys were allowed to wear dapper outfits and we
could take pictures in front of a rather fancy Aston Martin (the owner kindly
brings it to the museum and was lovely, showing us the engine and even letting
the boys have a go in the driving seat!).
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Oct 25, 2016 at 12:05pm PDT
Its worth a return visit too as the museum regularly
rotates the aircraft they have on display some of which you cannot see anywhere
else in the world!