Monday, 9 April 2012

Planes and helicopters on my Kent big weekend . . .

Hundreds of free tickets to attractions in Kent are up for grabs once a year as part of my Kent big weekend.

We've never entered the draw before, but this year I was very organised and put us down for some really great days out - Eagle Heights, Riverhill Gardens, horse riding, rock climbing. You name it, we were up for it.

The draw took place, and I have to say I was a bit disappointed when the email arrived to say where we were going.

We headed off to the RAF Manston Museum, just outside Ramsgate. Perhaps the attraction furthest away from our house and I really wasn't all that excited by the prospect of a day of old planes.

We even toyed with stopping off at Whitstable instead, but I never turn down a freebie so we perservered.

I'm really pleased we did - the visitors' centre has a renovated spitfire which Calum and Orla really loved. There a hundreds of little things to look at - and each one has a story that the great volunteers there are really happy to tell you about. Calum even got to ring the bell on the WW2 fire engine.

That part of the museum is completely free too.

The main part is in an old aircraft hangar - it costs a whopping £1.50 each when you don't have free tickets.

We got to peer inside some old aeroplanes, look at RAF motorbikes and cars, and get freaked out by models of people in bunkers.

I must say I felt a bit stingy not paying because, although it is great and Calum and Orla had a brilliant day, the museum does feel a bit old and tired. It looks like it needs a bit of TLC - I'm not sure how many £1.50s it will take though.

RAF History Museum
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
T: 01843 825224


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