Biggin Hill Airport Family Open Day Remembering the Battle of Britain. Supporting heroes.

16th of July, 2011 Bookmark and Share
As a front line fighter base, Biggin Hill was at the forefront of the Battle of Britain and this year marks the 71st anniversary of that titanic struggle. This rich heritage with the din of battle still resonating among the Spitfire pens, is being recognised by an open day on September 10. The people and the machines that defended Blighty from the invaders are being remembered and celebrated by families from the Biggin Hill area, with proceeds to be shared by two charities.

For those too young to remember the dark days of 1940, the emphasis of the day's proceedings will be on re-creating the feel of Biggin Hill in a time from its glorious past. Having played such a pivotal role in Britain's history, and now one of Europe's leading business and general aviation centres, Biggin Hill Airport and its resident companies are bringing a taste of that heroic past to the present-day modern airport.

The Family Open Day will include displays and re-enactments portraying the way people led their lives on a front line fighter base, during the second world war. A specialist living history display group, 212 Squadron, will be dressed in uniform and equipped with authentic equipment and period vehicles as they re-enact various tableaux.

Pilots ready to scramble in full flying kit, WAAFs, Senior Officers and Sentries will bring to life a Battle of Britain operations room, drill parades and inspections.

Military vehicles will be on display for visitors to view, along with both heritage planes and more recent jets. A short display by the Battle of Britain Memorial flight has been arranged.

Excitement will be provided by the Tigers, the parachute display team of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, who will start the day with a skydiving display; the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display team, the Flying Gunners, will put their machines through their paces; On The Edge stunt team will show how stunts are devised and choreographed before bringing together various stunt elements – fights, high falls, trampette work, jerks, acrobatics, pyrotechnics – into an action-packed show.

The whole family will enjoy the spectacular performance by the Rockwood Dog Display Team. They show their agility and skill by capturing an armed criminal and perform stunts that will amuse and amaze.

Music during the day will evoke memories of the period with the Swinging Little Big Band creating a big swing band sound. Be prepared to Lindy Hop and Jive to the classic songs.

If your children have energy to burn off we can wear them out on the climbing wall or in the bouncy castle. Older kids might want to try their hand at laser clay pigeon shooting.

There's loads more fun lined up for the whole family with attractions to suit all ages. Book your tickets now.

Two charities will benefit from the proceeds of the open day; Valence Special school in Westerham and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Proceeds from the Family Open Day will go to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Valence School in Westerham.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund are the RAF's leading welfare charity providing practical, financial and emotional support to the RAF family, from childhood through to old age. Their support is available to all RAF personnel whether they are still serving or have left the RAF. They are also there for their partners and their dependent children up to the age of 18 years.

Valence School is a well established centre of excellence offering high quality learning opportunities and excellent social and health care to children and young people who have physical disabilities and complex medical needs. The School has both day and residential places and has many outstanding specialist facilities.

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Save money by booking tickets in advance:
– phone our 24 hour call centre on 0871 220 0260
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For discount order tickets before September 5
Under 16s £5, Adults £10, family tickets £25

Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3BN
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