War to Wildlife - Blakehill Nature Reserve

73 years ago on June 5th 1944, Dakota aircraft of 233 Squadron RAF flew from this former air station to commence the airborne phase of the invasion of Europe.

Again, we are offering visitors the chance to join Volunteer Reserve Warden and RAF Blakehill Farm Historian Vince Povey for a tour of the former airfield and learn about its fascinating history.

You will stand on part of the surviving runway from where aircraft and paratroops once left, and will join in a 2 minutes silence for those who never returned. 

You will hear more about the airfield's lost infrastructure, discover the secrets of the ROC Nuclear Bunker and be told the story of the sites cold war role.

Your visit includes a presentation telling the story of the sites development and ongoing legacy along with lunch, displays of relic items found on the site, as well as other items of interest.

Please note this is a full days event - on arrival and following introductions, the guided walk will commence, eventually reaching the Whitworth building where your days visit will conclude after the presentation.

Wear suitable walking boots - part of the tour involves uneven ground - there is transport available between the tour points for visitors who require assistance.

Booking is essential - the event is FREE, however donations are welcome to ensure the continued success of future events.

Parking - please follow the instructions when you arrive on site - please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

To book or for more information please contact

Richard Callow

01380 725670 ext 254

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