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Been there, done that? Try the RAF Museum in Colindale. It's free, fun, fabulous indoor entertainment for rainy days. Five huge buildings contain everything you need to know about the history of aviation, from early balloon flights to modern jet fighters.
The spectacular Milestones of Flight exhibition charts the first century of powered flight against key social and political events. With the scene set for your visit, wander on and enjoy the amazing array of aircraft and exhibits in Bomber Hall, Historic Hangars, Battle of Britain Hall and the Grahame-White Factory. Budding pilots of all ages will enjoy the excellent Aeronauts Interactive Centre with over 40 experiments exploring the properties of flight.
Refreshments are available at the Museum's recently refurbished Wessex Café and the newly renovated Wings Restaurant which has a good selection of drinks, snacks, hot meals, children's lunch boxes and a licensed bar.
The museum has changing exhibitions and special events for children and families – check their website for details. You'll need several hours to see everything, but with free entry, it's a great place for regular visits.
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No entrance fee but there should be for what was an excellent day out. Try and go outside school holidays for an inspiring and informative day where the hours roll on and there wasn't a tear in site even though we must have walked the kids ragged.
Absolutely first class, top drawer brilliant brilliant brilliant. Great fun, lots to do and best of all planes everywhere. My favourite bit is the Battle of Britain section. A powerful and worthwhile tribute. [Oct 08]