The Bentwaters Cold War Museum got the 2013 Special Award at the Suffolk Museum of the year ceremony on October 21st. The Special award was for “depicting a period of history in an innovative and fun way”. We were just beaten to the top award by a National Trust museum which has paid staff, where we are volunteers who do it for the love of it. So we didn’t do to badly at all !!
A big thank you to all our visitors today for rounding up a very successful year for us. The Harrier and Jaguar have been put in the hangar for Winter along with our ex-USAF bus. Tomorrow evening sees the award ceremony for Suffolk Museum of the Year 2013. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
‘COLD WAR WALK’ - Sunday 22nd September 2013 from 10am to 2pm
A rare chance to walk around Bentwaters and sample the atmosphere of a Cold War airfield and view the architecture of a former United States Air Force frontline air base. The tour will start with an hour’s visit to the museum to find out the history of the airfield and then a guided walk around the airfield, going past and through different areas of interest, and finishing up back at the museum.
Cost are £15.00 per person. It is advisable to pre-book to make sure of your place on the walk.
All proceeds will go to the Bentwaters Cold War Museum, charity No 1124197
Numbers will be limited to 25 people (sorry but no children under 12), and dogs are allowed if kept on a lead.
- The walk is about 4 miles long and is mostly on a hard surface
-The walk will be cancelled if weather conditions are extreme
-Instructions from the guides must be followed at all times due to Health & Safety factors, failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the walk
Thanks to Bentwaters Parks for their kind permission for airfield access.
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The re-paint of SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1A XX741 has been completed and she is now ready for her roll out in August 2013. XX741 has been totally transformed and the photo shows how she looked when we took delivery of her. We will publish pictures of her after the roll out, and it will show the result of three years hard work!
FGR.2 Phantom ready for display at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum open day this Sunday, why not celebrate Fathers Day by treating Dad to a trip to look at big boys toys. Displays include flying displays from The Grace Spitfre, Yak-3 and RAF Search and Rescue Sea King from Wattisham.
Another confirmed addition to the flying display is Mark Davey and his Bentwaters-based Yak-3M.
On static display on June 16th will be McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2, XV497. This aircraft flew the last operational sortie by a RAF Phantom on 31st October 1992.
The BCWM Open Day will be held on June 16th 2013 – make sure you are free on that day and drop in to see us!
We will be open between 10AM and 5PM
There will be a fly in from several Ryan Navion aircraft, as well as a visit from the RAF Wattisham Search and Rescue Seaking, and a flying display from ML407 – The Grace Spitfire – a sight not to be missed…
On the day apart from the Museum being open, there will also be a meeting of the Mini Car club, lots of Military vehicles, Fire Engines(including some for kids to sit in). The local Police are bringing their new All Terrain Vehicle, and there will also be a visit from couple of classic vehicles.
Stalls on site include The Framlingham Bowmen (Archery for kids) and lots of other traders selling items from military clothing to Indian Chutneys!
Younger kids will like the balloon maker who will be walking around the event making fun shaped balloons all day.
The ever popular bus tours of RAF Bentwaters will also be running again this year, so make sure you get your ticket to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the tour are £3 per person, and worth every penny for the opportunity of seeing parts of RAF Bentwaters that are usually off limits to the public.
Admission is £5, and children under 14 go FREE!! Regrettably there are no concessions.