The Half Term school holiday period in Yorkshire this year commences on the 9th of February. However, we know that many family visitors to the Museum travel from other regions of the UK where half term dates are different. To help everyone enjoy a great family day out, Half Term activities at the Museum actually run for almost two whole weeks. So whether you are travelling from outside of Yorkshire or are living more locally, here is our list of great things to do at Half Term when you visit the Museum. Don’t forget, our NAAFI style restaurant serves hot food and snacks each day, with adult and half size portions for appetites of all sizes.
Explore a Cockpit in the Air Power Zone,
Daily, HP Hangar, Building 19
Our Canberra Bomber cockpit is exactly how the aircraft was configured in active service. Alongside the Canberra, we have a Jet Provost cockpit and a Handley Page Herald airliner, giving you a chance to experience the environment that trainee fighter pilots learned their trade in and view the flight deck of a vintage 1950’s airliner.
Put on a flying suit from our dress-up station and climb inside one of the cockpits for a souvenir picture!
Watch out for our collection of air power weapons, including the impressive nuclear bomb and the Russian Shilka anti aircraft vehicle while you’re there.
Meet Our Mirage IV
Daily, T2 Hangar
Our Mirage IV nuclear jet arrived in March 2017 and has become a firm favourite with Museum visitors. The Mirage was a gift to the Museum from the French Air Force in recognition of the special relationship enjoyed by the people of the City of York and the French airmen who escaped from occupied France lived and served alongside the Royal Air Force in WW2. Visitors can walk beneath the nose of this amazingly beautiful Cold War Jet and compare her to Halifax Friday the 13th alongside. Read more about the Mirage IV project here.
Daily, entire site
With over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, our collections span the entire history of flight from the early pioneers of aviation through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. Our collection of Cold War Jets is always very popular, while we have a very diverse range of World War Two aircraft too.
Daily, T2 Hangar or outside
Climb aboard our C47 Dakota, one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft used by the Allies during WWII.
Most days the big doors used for loading cargo or dispensing paratroopers are open for visitors to climb inside and experience that steeply inclined floor up to the old cockpit.
Meet our Live and Heritage Aircraft Specialists
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, T2 Hangar & HP Hangar, Buildings 19 & 17
Talk to the people who restore and maintain our fleet of historical aircraft and see them at work. Watch the current winter overhaul work being undertaken on the Buccaneer XN974 in the T2 Hangar.
Visit the Radio Room
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Radio Room, Building 12
Here we have a whole range of authentic, fully working period radios carefully tended to by our expert volunteer team. Learn more about these devices, take a look at our Special Operations Executive (SOE) radio concealed inside a suitcase and learn how to spell your name in Morse Code.
Fly a Halifax
Daily, Bomber Command, Building 9
Use our simulator to fly the iconic WWII Bomber aircraft Halifax. Can you land without crashing?*
*a £1 charge applies.
Air Gunnery Simulator
Daily, Air Gunners, Building 3
Be a ‘tail-end’ Charlie. Have a go at our air gunnery simulator*. Your aircraft is attacked by six Me110 twin-engine fighters and you have a magazine of 57 rounds to defend yourself!
*a £1 charge applies.
Who was Amy Johnson?
Daily, Building 20
75 years after her death, learn about local aviation heroine Amy Johnson and listen to a recording of her talking about her Gypsy Moth biplane ‘Jason’ upon arriving in Australia in 1930 after flying 11,000 miles on her own. While you’re there, you can also have a go at designing your own aircraft on our design simulator.
Terror from the sky, Daily, Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins
Find out how the Zeppelin was born, how big it was, what made it fly and what is was originally used for. Learn about England’s response to the new threat of air raids in World War One.
Our Plan Your Visit page gives details of transport links, opening hours and how to find us, together with many of the questions we are most frequently asked.