News Spitfire Visitor Centre

Do you have an interest in aviation, history, WW2, engineering, or promoting local heritage, and can spare a few hours a week? ๐Ÿค”โœˆ
We have opportunities available to volunteers of all ages and skillsets who may be keen to take part in the restoration and maintenance of our aviation heritage.
Please come along to one of our upcoming volunteer recruitment sessions to find out more about what we do and how you could become part of our team! ๐Ÿค

๐Ÿ”ต Dates:
25th October - 7pm
8th November - 7pm
13th November - 11am

๐Ÿ”ต At:
The Spitfire Visitor Centre
Hangar 42
Blackpool Airport

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๐Ÿ™Œ We are pleased to announce that thanks to the support provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been able to appoint our first member of staff, Melissa.
Melissa has been with the team in a volunteering role for several years and has now taken on her new consultancy position within Hangar 42, playing a lead role of Marketing and School Visits Consultant. This position consists of managing the busy social media accounts for the Spitfire Visitor Centre, helping promote our projects, and implementing a new and exciting schools programme to include local WW2 History for younger pupils and the four STEM subjects for teenage students. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“

If you know of a North West based school or interest group who may benefit from a private visit to the Spitfire Visitor Centre, please get in touch with Melissa via visits@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk to discuss our visit programmes.

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Many of our team members will be in period uniforms for tomorrow's open day, so come along to find out more about the history of RAF Squires Gate (Blackpool Airport) and aviation throughout WW2 โœˆ
Period dress is completely optional but feel free to dress up too! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Re-enactment groups are always welcome.

Limited tickets available through โžก๏ธ
www.ticketsource.co.uk

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โญ Have you checked out our brand new website yet?! โญ
Full of great images of the team, facts and information about the history of our location, updates on the Spitfire Visitor Centre and Ground Display Team and more! ๐Ÿ“ทโœˆ๐Ÿ’ป
You can also purchase tickets for our Saturday open days using the link on the website (only 4 more open days left this year!)๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Head to www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk to have a browse and feel free to let us know if you have any feedback! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Join us at the fantastic Chesterfield annual 1940s market, on Thursday 28th October between 10am and 4pm.

As well as our MKIX Spitfire replica 'Lucy', there will also be a range of vintage vehicles to view including cars, military vehicles, and a classic fire engine as well as Land Army and 1940s Mining displays.

They have a fabulous programme of live entertainment and music across the town including the popular Kalamazoo Dance Band who will be performing in New Square and are sure to get you in the 40s mood.

There will be a competition for the best dressed trader and visitors are encouraged to get into the 40s spirit by dressing up as well โ€“ the more the merrier!

See you there!!

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โ—Please note: Access to the Spitfire cockpits will not be available until our October 30th and November 6th open days, due to ongoing works ๐Ÿ› 

๐Ÿ“ธ You can still have your photos taken next to our Spitfire and Hurricane replicas though ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and if you wish to enjoy a cockpit experience, the Spitfire simulator is available to book viaย www.ravencockpits.co.uk โœˆ

Plenty to see at Hangar 42 so come along and pay us a visit this Saturday!! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ™
Tickets available via:ย www.ticketsource.co.uk

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There's still time to grab your tickets for tomorrow's open day!!
We're now down to the last 5 days of our 2021 season ๐Ÿ˜ฒ so don't delay! โœˆ

Please purchase your tickets via:
www.ticketsource.co.uk

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Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do this weekend? ๐Ÿค” Come and visit us on Saturday the 9th between 10am & 4pm to step back in time and take a seat in the cockpit of 'Vicky', our MkII Spitfire replica!*
Don't forget to tag us in your photos on social media afterwards! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Please pre-book your tickets by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk and searching for 'Spitfire Visitor Centre'

*Cockpit visits are for over 7's only and restrictions apply

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We are committed to our aim of educating the younger generations on the importance of WW2, the history of our local area, the relevance of aviation and engineering in our lives and more. The team is currently in the process of restructuring our plan for educational visits to create an enhanced experience, combining easy to digest information with practical activities! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”Žโœ

Do you know of a school or similar group who may be interested in a private visit?
Please share this post and direct all educational enquiries to: visits@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk or chat with one of our friendly team members on a Saturday open day ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Open day tickets (only 5 days left!) can be purchased at www.ticketsource.co.uk by searching 'Spitfire Visitor Centre'.

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We always strive to provide the best visitor experience possible while promoting the fascinating aviation history of our hangar and keeping the stories of WW2 alive ๐Ÿ™

If you have visited us recently, please consider leaving us a review on Trip Advisor or Google to assist our future visitors. Thank you in advance! ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ™Œ

We always love to see photos from your visits too, so feel free to share away! ๐Ÿ“ธ

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It's a rainy day here in Blackpool โ˜” but our Spitfire Visitor Centre is nice and dry!
We're here from 10am until 4pm (last entry 3:15pm) and tea & coffee is available all day in the NAAFI! โ˜•

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Only 6 more open days left of our 2021 season!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
We are open tomorrow 10am-4pm and every Saturday until the 6th of November, and will then reopen in March of 2022!

Come and pay us a visit by heading to www.ticketsource.co.uk to secure your tickets.

See you there!

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We are very lucky to be based at an airport steeped in so much history!โœˆ
The very first Aviation meeting in the U.K. was held here at Blackpool Airport (formerly Squire's Gate) in October of 1909, long before our Bellman hangar was constructed, and the airport was taken over for use by the RAF at the start of World War 2.ย 

In the past, operators such as Imperial Airways would fly their DC3's from here, and theย British Amphibious Air Company would run trips to the Isle of Man for 36 shillings (ยฃ1.80)!

Feel free to share any older images of Blackpool Airport with us. We would love to see them! ๐Ÿ“ธ ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Do you want to learn more about the history of World War 2 and experience the sights and sounds of an original wartime aircraft hangar?

The Spitfire Visitor Centre is located at Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport, Lancashire and was constructed in 1939 for the RAF at the outbreak of WW2.

We are open Saturdays 10am-4pm until November so there are just a few chances left this season for you to pay us a visit!

โžก๏ธ Book now to secure your tickets via www.ticketsource.co.uk

~Free parking available and easy links to public transport.
~Refreshments available in ourย NAAFI.
~WC on site.

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Did you know ๐Ÿค” you can now find the Spitfire Visitor Centre easily by using What3Words? ๐Ÿ—บ

Just search for the key words: "master.indeed.chats" to be directed straight to our front door!๐Ÿšช

We are open to the public every Saturday 10am - 4pm until November.

Please book viaย www.ticketsource.co.uk before arriving.

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We only have a few weeks left of our 2021 open season, so a huge thank you to everyone who has visited us so far! ๐Ÿ™

We will be open tomorrow from 10am-4pm (last entry 3:15pm) so come down to view our collection, enjoy the atmosphere of an original WW2 hangar and chat with our friendly team!

Please book via www.ticketsource.co.uk before attending ๐Ÿ˜ƒโœˆ

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Today we remember, appreciate and commemorate the sacrifices made for our freedom.

September 15th marks the anniversary of the date in 1940, when the Germans recognised that Britain's defences were intact due to an ongoing military campaign 'the Battle of Britain' by the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy, and realised a seaborne invasion couldn't be risked while Fighter Command still remained a credible risk. The RAF completely demoralised the Luftwaffe, who had previously been told that there were virtually no RAF fighters left.

The war was far from over at this point though and we must remember that losses and casualties did occur on this day we remember as being so crucial in World War 2.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

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