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SUMMER OPEN DAY, THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2022, 11am - 5pm

Elstree Aerodrome, Hogg Lane, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3AR

FREE ENTRANCE & FREE PARKING

*** Read more about parking & access ***

Sorry, no dogs on the day - except Assistance Dogs

Things to see and do during your visit:​

  • Get closer: We are opening up the taxiway to create plenty of space to get you closer to the aircraft

  • Take a seat: We are making a real aeroplane available for children to take a seat in (grown-ups: please be ready to lift them up yourself)

  • New heights: We are taking small groups up into the Air Control Tower for a quick peek behind the scenes

  • Ask an expert: You are invited to ask specialist aircraft engineers your questions at the Elstree Aviation maintenance hangar

  • Flight Experiences: Take advantage of pre-booking a 15-min flight experience with Flight Training London (extra charge & restrictions apply, please contact them directly to book in advance)

  • Inspirational talks: Listen to Kathan Dudhela talk about his journey to becoming the UK’s Youngest Flight Instructor & World’s Youngest Flight Examiner (at 2pm on the lawn near the control tower) & visit The Air League stand to hear how schools can take part in their Soaring To Success charity programme.

 

Meet some big names within the aviation industry:

  • The Royal Air Force Museum

  • The de Havilland Aircraft Museum in London Colney

  • Bentley Priory Museum in Stanmore

  • Royal Aeronautical Society

  • The Air League charity

  • Blackbushe Heritage Trust

  • NEBOair electric flight

  • Harrow & Wembley Air Cadets

  • Aviation books from Astral Horizon Press

  • Pop into the Pooleys Flight Equipment shop for an awesome range of pilot equipment too, celebrating 65 years of service this year!

 

Free fun & games with to inspire young minds in aviation:

  • The fundraising team from the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

  • The Plane Guy

  • Hertfordshire Police

  • Pet care animals from neighbouring therapy farm Pages Farm (please follow them on social media beforehand)

  • Paper aeroplane fun with resident gift shop Bee and Wild

  • Free face painting by Starlight Boutique

  • Flight Training London is hosting a 6-min simulator landing challenge for all ages (visit their stall to find out more)

 

Ask about learning to fly with our resident flight schools:

  • Ice Helicopters

  • Elstree Helicopters & Flying Pig Helicopters

  • Flight Training London

  • Fly Elstree (and ask about their new club called 'Plane Minded')

Food & drink

Let our local food vendors keep you fuelled during your visit, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too:

 

  • Socially responsible Neapolitan pizza by The Social Dough Company

  • Freshly prepared paella by PaPa Paella

  • Vegan hot dogs (and chips) by Vegan Bites

  • Indian Street Food by The Street Food

  • Sandwiches & cake, hot & cold drinks (inc. bottled lager, gin & tonic and wine) by The Aerodrome Cafe

  • Dotty's Sweets Double Decker Bus (sweets, popcorn & slushies)

  • Ignazio's Ice Cream Van

  • Bee and Wild cookies & fudge

 

We have plenty of picnic benches in the food court area with runway views, and you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch if you wish.

Shop local

We're also proud to welcome local business owners to share their good work with you:

 

  • Home Farm Glamping & At Home Farm (enter their free prize draw!)

  • The Souvenir Collection

  • RefillAbell - Watford's First zero-waste plastic-free shop

  • Bee & Wild Gift Shop

  • Mod Art Acrylics

Summer Open Day Event Terms & Conditions: “Aerodrome Open Day” refers to the open day held at London Elstree Aerodrome, Hogg Lane, Elstree Herts WD6 3AW on 1 September 2022. - Promotional Materials Any information regarding activities for the Aerodrome Open Day that is provided by Aldenham Aviation Limited (“we,” “us,” or “our”) or any affiliates or third party suppliers on our website, or any associated platforms (the”Sites”) is for general guidance purposes only. Whilst we will use our best endeavours to ensure that any such information is accurate and up to date, please note that we do not guarantee that the information shall be free from errors or up to date with last minute changes to activities. We reserve the right to make changes to the promoted activities, content and timetable for the Aerodrome Open Day, and to make additions, deletions, or modification to the Sites, at any time without notice. Consequently, we cannot accept any liability for any direct or indirect damages, or any consequential damages or liabilities arising out of or relating to your reliance on the information on the Sites. - Participation in Aerodrome Open Day Activities By attending the Aerodrome Open Day you acknowledge that the event is taking place on a working airfield and therefore you must abide by all signs and instructions given to you by event officials at all times. Whilst we take every care with staging the Aerodrome Open Day, all attendees acknowledge that personal accident and loss of personal items is their sole responsibility. By attending the Aerodrome Open Day and engaging in the activities, you acknowledge that there may be inherent risk or danger and you accept full personal responsibility for any harm, damage or loss of personal items you may suffer, other than in respect of any injury or loss arising as a result of our negligence. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and that adult takes full responsibility for any children within their care at all times. - General By attending the Aerodrome Open Day you consent to behave in an appropriate manner and to abide by any instructions given to you by Aerodrome Open Day organisers and staff, or any third parties associated with the Open Day. We reserve the right to require anyone behaving in a way that we deem in our sole discretion to be inappropriate to leave the event immediately. By attending the Aerodrome Open Day you acknowledge that event organisers may take photographs and video footage of the Open Day for use to publicise and promote the future events.

Pre-Book 15-minute Flight Experiences** in advance with Flight Training London

 

**Extra charges and various weight/height/other eligibility restrictions apply. Please call to discuss. Limited availability in both 2 & 4-seater aircraft.

 

Getting Here

By Road

Elstree is within the M25 and easily accessible via the M1, A1 and A41 from London.

Click here for Google Map directions

OPEN DAY PARKING & ACCESS ANNOUNCEMENT  

  • In response to the volume of guests planning to attend, our team will direct visitors to park in a neighbouring farm.

  • The ground is grassy and a little bumpy, so if you have any concerns about your vehicle navigating the terrain, please consider walking in along the local footpaths or cycle (we will provide a bicycle rack in the field car park). 

  • Our stewards will be ready to usher you in and out of the field. Space in the field is still limited, so please car share where possible.

  • Taxis are also welcome to drop off and collect, while Blue Badge holders will be directed to park closer to the event on arrival.

  • From the field car park, there is a 250-metre walk up Hogg Lane before arriving at the entrance gate. While traffic passing for special access will be directed to drive slowly, please take care on your approach.

By Train

Elstree & Borehamwood (Thameslink)

~ 7 minute drive

Stanmore Station (Jubilee)

 ~ 10 minute drive

Edgware Station (Northern) 

12 minute drive

Watford Station (Metropolitan)

16 minute drive

Watford Junction (Overground/Rail) 

~ 16 minute drive

Uber usually available

Book tickets with Trainline

Click here for TFL Journey Planner

Local Info

Hotels

If you’d like to stay somewhere local, we recommend the following hotels:

Home Farm Glamping (mid Apr - end Sept)

The Manor Hotel

The Village Hotel

Mercure Watford

Attractions

There are numerous activities to do around the Elstree & Borehamwood area, such as:

Home Farm Glamping & At Home Farm Live events

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Aldenham Country Park

Lost Jungle Crazy Golf

The Snow Centre

Radlett Park Golf Club

Elstree is a very active airfield so we therefore kindly ask that you, in the interests of safety, remain land-side at all times unless escorted or authorised to proceed airside.