Our little boy is obsessed with planes. He dreams of being a pilot and has built up quite a collection of model airplanes over the years. We live very near to East Midlands airport so we spend alot of time there plane spotting!
East Midlands Aeropark is the official viewing area for the airport (we sometimes view from other areas). It is also home to a fascinating aviation museum. We have visited a couple of times in the past and it’s a favourite so L was keen to go during half term.
Located at the Castle Donington end of the airport there is plenty of free parking. Entry is £2 per child and £4 per adult. The Aeropark is staffed solely by volunteers so the entry fees go to preserving and restoring the aircraft on display.
Home to eighteen full aircraft frames and numerous others that are currently being restored the Aeropark really is an aviation lovers paradise. There are some very impressive planes and helicopters on display including a Vulcan , RAF DC10, Nimrod and De Haviland Vampire.
We made our way around the park which is quite compact. There are paths all the way around and are suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
You can actually walk into and explore some of the aircraft. They ask that you make a small donation to do so, this helps with the preservation and upkeep. Unfortunately on the day we visited only the RAF DC10 was open to the public. L loved climbing the stairs and exploring inside. The volunteers on board were so nice and answered his million plane questions. Oh yes he is a full on enthusiast!
After spending an hour admiring the aircraft we then headed to the viewing area. This is a built up mount that is higher than the perimeter fence and provides a fantastic view of the airport. We were lucky to see at least three take offs and several planes landing. L had a great time running up and down the mount. There are several picnic benches which is perfect is you want to bring a pack up and watch the planes.
After great plane spotting we headed to the hanger which is home to several large plane engines, models and two computer simulators. There is also a coffee shop inside the hanger for light snacks and drinks. L loved the miniature model of the airport that is on display. He had a good go at the simulator which is quite difficult but lots of fun.
We spent a good couple of hours at the Aeropark. Unfortunately as of the 29th October the park will be closed for the winter and will reopen on Good Friday 2018.
The day was a success and L left with a massive smile on his face. We would highly recommend a visit if your visiting the area during the peak season.
Good to know –
£2 per child (5 -16 years )
£4 per adult
Under 5’s go free
Parking is free of charge
Summer (Good Friday to 29th October)
Sunday 10.30am – 5pm
All bank holidays 10.30 – 5pm
The Aeropark often holds special events throughout the season. See their website for details.
Check out our East Midlands Aeropark vlog:
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