Taking place on the weekend of 9th and 10th May, Battlegroup North, our annual gathering of Historic Military Vehicles, Wargaming Show and Living History displays, will this year be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe and the 75th Anniversaryof the Battle of Britain. We are delighted to announce that we have been allocated flypasts from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and these will be in the form of the Lancaster bomber on Saturday 9th May, reflecting the fact that Bomber Command actually lost more aircrew than Fighter Command during that famous battle, whilst Sunday 10th May will see the Douglas Dakota, synonymous with the D-Day invasion and the Rhine Crossing, leading to the ultimate Victory in Europe. Both these aircraft provide a spectacular and evocative sight and sound as they swoop low over the Museum!
Saturday will also feature the cavalcade of military vehicles, organised by the Yorkshire branch of the Military Vehicle Trust, as some of the 200 or more vehicles depart in the afternoon for their run out, providing a great spectacle for visitors to enjoy. Sunday will see performances by London based a-capella wartime trio the ‘Hotsie Totsies’, who perform numbers in the style of the famous Andrews Sisters to bring a real party atmosphere to the show!
The vehicles, actually forming the largest gathering of military vehicles to be seen in the North of England, will include Jeeps, Trucks of various types, artillery vehicles, half-tracks and even a full size Sherman Tank as well!
There will be an explosive – and very loud – artillery Field Gun firing display taking place regularly over the weekend and also engine runs of some of the Museum’s live propeller driven aircraft.
The ever popular precision model wargaming show takes place in the Main hangar against the bakdrop of the impressive Halifax bomber “Friday the 13th”, the original of which was on display in London’s Oxford Street for the Victory in Europe celebrations in May 1945. This show features a great variety of demonstration and participation games put on by wargaming clubs and societies from across the region and beyond, along with associated trade stands.
Living History diorama’s featuring impressive display’s of kit and equipment, along with the extensive knowledge of re-enactors, complete a full package of activity for all they family to enjoy as they explore the Museum.
Admission: £10 Adult; £8 Concession; £5 Child (5-15) and £26.00 Family ticket.
Note: BBMF Flypasts subject to serviceability and weather conditions prevailing.