The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton, Suffolk is one of our favourite days out. An absolute must for any aircraft enthusiast and perfect for a family day out. We’ve been visiting with L since before he could walk and we always have a great time.
The museum is well signed and easy to find. It has a good sized car park that is nice and central with disabled bays if required.
You can buy snacks and drinks on site at the NAAFI and if you fancy a proper meal there is a lovely pub right at the front entrance to the museum.
Everything is one level and pretty pushchair friendly, even outside you’re find, parts are a little bumpy, obviously, but it’s a good place to go with a pushchair.
There is so much to see! We’ve visited many, many times and I still think we find something new every visit.
Outside there are plenty of aircraft to see and it makes a nice walk to wander round and see them all. There are then some smaller building dedicated to different things. RAF Bomber Command, the ROC, Air and Sea Rescue and the USAAF 446th Bomber Group. Each exhibit is packed, full to bursting with interesting artifacts.
Then you have the main hangars which are all interlinked, inside you will find more aircraft, lots of models, a huge variety of interesting displays. There are bits for the kids to sit in, cockpits for adults or children to sit in, even simulators which you can try out.
You can see the workshop areas and some of the restoration projects and there is invariably an incredibly dedicated and hugely knowledgeable volunteer or twoo on hand to chat and impart knowledge.
Very rarely will you hear me say this, but don’t avoid the gift shop! Not only is it very reasonably priced and guaranteed to have something of interest or something fun for the kids, but it also hides several other displays including an Anderson Shelter and some great WW1 Exhibits.
Why We Love It
There are so many reasons why we love visiting the Air Museum at Flixton.
It’s a great rainy day activity as so much of it is under cover and even on the worst of days, so long as you have a waterproof coat and wellies you can still see all the outdoor exhibits if you want.
It’s a great sunny day activity, especially for L, as what could be better than running round outside in the sunshine surrounded by planes and helicopters? There’s a lovely little boardwalk at the back of the site as well.
It’s free. Yup. FREE. They have built this museum with such love and care, filled it with amazing exhibits and yet do not charge you to visit. There are of course donation boxes, so we always give what we can, but isn’t it nice to know there’s somewhere you can go without breaking the bank.
There really is something for everyone. We’ve visited as a multi generational group, we’ve gone by ourselves and we have taken L at least once a year, often a lot more since he was born and he always loves it.
The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum is in Flixton, not far from Bungay, just off the A143. Their postcode is NR35 1NZ.
It is free to visit.
It is open April to November, Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm. November to March, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. However, please note it is closed from December 15th through to January 15th.
You can find all the information you need on their website.
Disclosure – I have written this purely because we love to visit, the review has b-not been commissioned in any way.