Boardering the rolling hills of the Cotswold countryside Long Marston Airfield is situated 6 miles south of Stratford Upon Avon near the idyllic villages of Long Marston and Lower Quinton.
During the war years Long Marston Airfield became the home to hundreds of Royal Air Force servicemen in 1941 who operated the RAF’s Group of Ferry Commands. The RAF also provided training flights as well as missions to Gibraltar and the Middle East before the mighty Wellington Bombers started pounding the runways in 1942.
As the years rolled by, the airfield was placed under a Care and Maintenance Order by the Air Ministry and was subsequently refurbished for flying and training purposes as young eager 'National Service' pilots jammed the skies with their Airspeed Oxfords belonging to No10 Advanced Flying School. Sadly, the training flights only lasted until 1954 after another Order was issued from the Air Ministry who finally called time on RAF Long Marston. The airfield, along with its infrastructure, was later sold back to the Hodges family who owned the land before the out break of war.
Today, the airfield is very much alive catering seven days a week for a wide range of activities, and is now better known for its wide range of Sports and Leisure activities which includes a quarter mile Drag Strip, Model Aircraft Flying, Microlight and Gliding as well as Driver Training for young and old. Long Marston Airfield is also home to two of Europe’s leading music and biker festivals; the Global Gathering and the yearly biker rally - the Bulldog Bash.
The drag strips annual Hot Rod Drags has surpassed all expectations earning classic status on every hot rodders calendar. This year the drag strip is 40 years old since the first event on a summer's September Sunday in 1973. At the Tractor Pull track the Shakey Super Pull offers plenty of colourful eye catching entertainment.
Another airfield success is the annual Long Marston Model Air Show organsied locally by the Avonvale Model Flying Club. Now entering its fourth year, the show in May is now regarded as the model flying season's premier opener, and this year is no exception with two full days of flying and family entertainment Long Marston Airfield offers a fantastic venue with its full size tarmac runway to be the best start to the model flying season ever!
If you’re looking for a different location to fly your Model Aircraft, Microlight or Glider from, then our helpful and friendly staff can help by putting you in touch with locally based clubs and associations. Long Marston Airfield also cater's to a broad range of leisure activities including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Driving Courses, Motorcycle Training and Experience Days.
The airfield's Sunday Market is still an excellent choice for local produce and house hold supplies. Most Sunday's in the Spring through to October the Sunday Market features a thriving Car Boot Sale where antiques, nick nack's the usual unwanted house hold items can be found.
The world of television documentaries and motoring programmes such as Wheeler Dealers, The Gadget Show, Top Gear and Fifth Gear have all experienced the hospitality that Long Marston Airfield has to offer. Along with it's airfield culture and infrastructures, magazine photo shoots have become be a popular feature along with its countryside backdrops.
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Tel: 01789 720001