I have decided that in 2020 we are going to aim to visit some of Berkshire’s Museums, there are loads of them but haven’t got round to visiting them yet. We are an outdoor family so tend to head out for a walk or an outdoor adventure but since writing this blog I have realised there are loads of fantastic museums in Berkshire that we need to visit.
Our eldest and my husband both love aeroplanes and helicopters so when we saw the Museum of Berkshire Aviation recommended on a local Facebook group we decided to go and have a look.
The museum isn’t huge and is based at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. The museum is crammed full of aircraft of all different shapes and sizes and plenty of aircraft artefacts and memorabilia. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to get a closer look at some planes. The captures Berkshire’s dynamic contribution to aviation history graphically. The museum is run by volunteers and is a charitable trust.
We went on a Sunday afternoon and spent a lovely hour looking around. There were volunteers on hand to explain the exhibits and answer any of our questions. There were a few hands on moving exhibits dotted around the museum, a teddy bear trail (ask at the desk upon arrival for this) and a very adorable red wooden aeroplane which smaller children could get in and fly (it went up and down and side to side) and bought a huge smile to my eldest - there was a sign saying this was £1 a go, but the kind volunteer let my little one just have a go as the museum was quite.
In the grounds of the museum there is also a larger passenger plane which you can go inside and look at the cockpit and take a seat and pretend you are heading off on that warm summer holiday!
The museum is based in Woodley near Reading (RG5 4UE) and costs £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for senior citizens, £8.50 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children). In winter (first Sunday in November - last but one Sunday in March) Sunday 12 noon - 4pm, Wednesday 10.30am - 4pm and in Spring / Summer (last Saturday in March - Last Sunday in October) Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 5pm, Wednesday 10.30am - 5pm.
There was a public car park outside the museum which was free of charge. The museum is next door to Dinton Pastures so if you wanted to make a longer day out you could also incorporate a walk around the lake or a play in their amazing play area.
To find out more about the Museum of Berkshire Aviation click here.