Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Centre, Coningsby
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) operates from RAF Coningsby, a Typhoon base. Their mission is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition.Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre provides a great opportunity to find out about the Battle of Britain and to see a number of historic aircraft at close quarters, including 2 Chipmunks, 2 Hurricanes and 6 Spitfires!
You will also get to see one of only 2 Lancasters that remains in airworthy condition, plus a Douglas Dakota ZA947.
The Hangar Tours are led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer guides, some of whom have first hand experience of the aircraft. The tours last about one and a half hours and gives you a great chance to appreciate this living tribute to all the RAF ground crew and aircraft crew who gave their lives during WWII.
There is also an excellent ‘mini museum’ full of wonderful photographs and other interesting items in the Visitor Centre, which is free to visit!
International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick
The International Bomber Command Centre is a World-Class facility acknowledging the efforts of Bomber Command During WWII. 57,861 men and women lost their lives supporting Bomber Command. The centre helps to acknowledge their sacrifices.
The project also covers the stories of those who suffered as a result of the bombing campaigns and those whose survival was guaranteed by the humanitarian operations of Bomber Command. During WWII over a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command. They came from 62 nations across the world and were united in their efforts to protect the freedom we enjoy today.
The service included Aircrew, Ground Crew, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, Auxiliary Air Transport, Auxiliary Transport Services, NAAFI and many others.
Take a look at the website for opening times and how to make a donation.
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, Spilsby
The centre will give your children a real sense of history- it is the only Airfield Museum in the country that has been recreated to its original WWII design.
Visiting the airfield you really get a sense of what it would have been like during the war- you may even be lucky enough to be able to watch a Lancaster bomber perform a taxy run.
The Hangar contains many photos of the period along with equipment used by the air force at the time. There is also an original Wallis Bouncing Bomb. Whilst at the centre you can visit the restored control tower- but be careful, it is said to be haunted!
Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Museum of Lincolnshire Life is a family friendly museum that celebrates the culture and social history of the people of Lincolnshire from 1750 to the present day.
There are a number of exhibits, which illustrate commercial, agricultural, industrial, and domestic life. The museum is also home to an authentic WWI tank, called ‘Flirt’, plus it houses interactive galleries of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, which can help people find information about family members who served there.
There is always a Children’s Trail available to ensure that the youngest visitors can discover every nook and cranny, and once complete, kids get an official History Hunter badge!
The Bubble Car Museum, Boston
The Bubblecar Museum is a quirky little place that has some wonderful cars and bikes in themed settings, such as a scrap yard, and a picnic diorama.
This is the only public museum in the UK that is dedicated to micro cars, which are cars that have an engine capacity of less than 700cc, although most are much smaller.Here you and the family can learn the details of this significant part of British motoring history, from their beginning in the times of austerity after WWII, through the swinging 60s.
Discover the different designs, including examples of Reliant, Bond, Frisky and Isetta, to name a few, and how they changed shape over time.
There are some scooters and later cars on display too, including the single seater Bamby, from the early 1980s. The museum also features a row of period shops, where you can discover their extensive collections of memorabilia from the 1950s, including chine and Bakelite.
The Collection Museum, Lincoln
The Collection only came into being in 2005 when the museum merged with the Usher Gallery. Prior to this it was known as ‘The City and County Museum’.
The Collection is an amazing space for families to enjoy in Lincoln. Children can design their own Roman Shield or Medieval Pot, identify fascinating objects in our Lift the Flap activity and Touchy Feely Boxes or just relax in our large comfy window seat.
The ideal place to enjoy reading one of our many story time books. There is also a cushioned play area for babies with soft toys and activity rattles.
Children can pick up a themed backpack and carry on the playtime in the museum and gallery. The museum has much to appeal to older children as well with computer interactives, mosaic making, trails and games.