School Holidays can be a challenging time for parents. Keeping everyone occupied throughout any school holiday can be frustrating and finding a single attraction that everyone will enjoy can be difficult. Many families are surprised to find that everyone enjoys a visit to the Museum. School Holiday times are always the busiest period at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Yorkshire is the UK’s largest tourist destination outside of our capital and families visiting on holiday are always looking for new things to do on holiday in Yorkshire. There are lots of things for families to explore at the Museum, so this guide gives more details on what’s happening each day during holiday periods at The Yorkshire Air Museum.
For opening hours, admission charges and directions, this link will help you plan your visit too.
Explore the Aircraft and Vehicle Collection
Daily, across the 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. Check this full list of our exhibits to help find your favourite.
Who Was Amy Johnson?
Daily, Building 20
75 years after her death, learn about local aviation heroine Amy Johnson and listen to her talk about her Gypsy Moth biplane ‘Jason’ upon arriving in Australia in 1930 after flying 11,000 miles on her own.
Explore a WW2 Dakota
Daily T2 Hangar or outside
Climb aboard 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.
Caution: care must be taken inside this historical aircraft – there is strictly no running.
Meet our Live Aircraft and Heritage Aircraft Specialists
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, HP Hangar, Building 19
Talk to the people who restore and maintain our fleet of historical aircraft and see them at work. They recently completed a full restoration of the AVRO 504K which is now on display in the T2 as part of our Centenary of the Battle of the Somme exhibition.
Explore an Aircraft Cockpit
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, giving you a chance to experience the environment that trainee fighter pilots learned their trade in. Watch out for the display of armaments there including a thermo nuclear Cold War bomb.
Visit the Radio Room
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Radio Room, Control Tower, 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.
Try Out The 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.
Terror comes to Your Home – The Super Zeppelin Exhibition
Daily, Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins, Building 4
Find out how the Zeppelin was born, how big it was, what made it fly and what is was originally used for. Listen to a 10 year old boy recount his experience of air raids during WWI.
Yorkshire Air Museum Fire Service
Most Sundays, Outside
See our fully trained volunteer Fire & Rescue Brigade in action. They operate two 38 tonne Chubb Pathfinder airfield foam tenders and a 6-wheeled Range rover TACR2 (Tactical Airfield Crash & Recovery). The team run practice exercises most Sundays and support our aircraft engine running events.
Don’t forget our Guides!
Our volunteer guides are always on hand to answer your questions. They have a wealth of knowledge about the Museum, our exhibits and how they relate to aviation history. You’ll find them roving around the museum, so be sure to ask their advice if there’s something you’d like to know.