We’ve got some great events happening here at Capel-le-Ferne in 2019 – and we are working hard to fill the rest of the calendar. The Memorial and The Scramble Experience are great to visit at any time, but when there is something extra on offer, it really makes a day out special. And don’t forget the cafe and shop are always open, too. There’s more useful information here
Spitfires over Capel-le-Ferne
Our friends from Aero Legends offer unique flights alongside – or even inside – vintage aircraft, including the iconic Spitfire. The good news for us is that most of their flights take in the Memorial, giving those of us watching from the ground almost as much of a thrill as those who are experiencing the trip of a lifetime.
So come down to the site on any of the dates below and you stand a great chance of seeing a Spitfire, Hurricane – or perhaps even both – in the sky over the Memorial. Even the accompanying aircraft – a De Havilland Devon – is a classic machine that’s worth seeing in its own right. Here are the remaining dates for your diaries –
July 18 – 21, 25 – 28
August 8 – 11, 22 – 25
September 12 – 15, 19 – 22.
Sunday afternoon entertainment
We have a regular Sunday afternoon programme of talks on Battle of Britain-linked themes, along with the occasional free family film day. The talks are all held in the comfortable surroundings of our Wing building. Refreshments are available from the Cockpit Cafe. Keep an eye on this page for new talks as they are arranged.
Sunday 22 September – Commander David Houston, SA Navy rtd, will talk on Exercise Magersfontein, a South African Naval Exercise held in 1988 to demonstrate the force’s capability to carry out long range and extended operations. Exercise Magersfontein included the first demonstration by the South African Navy and Army of its ability to carry out an amphibious landing – but as Cdr Houston, the Operations Officer for the Amphibious Task Force Commander at the time, will explain, not everything went to plan! To find out more, join us on September 22.
Sunday 29 September – Jim Nicolson will speak on “James Nicolson VC DFC” at 2.30pm. Jim is the nephew of James Nicolson, the only Fighter Command pilot to have been awarded the Victoria Cross.
Sunday 6 October – Wing Commander Sophy Gardner MBE RAF (rtd) will provide a unique, in-depth insight into the subject of The RAF and Memorials at 2.30pm.
Sunday 20 October (Priority booking for Friends only from 1 September) Dr Lucy Worsley OBE will talk on Queen Victoria at 2.30pm. This event is expected to sell out very quickly – to be in with a chance of attending, join Friends of the Few now and make sure of the chance to book priority tickets.
Sunday 27 October (Priority booking for Friends only from 1 September) Sqn Ldr John Peters, who was shot down by a shoulder-launched SAM SA 14 missile during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991 and later tortured, along with co-pilot John Nichol, will talk on his experiences in the RAF. This event is expected to sell out very quickly – to be in with a chance of attending, join Friends of the Few now and make sure of the chance to book priority tickets.
Space is limited for all these events – book by ringing 01303 249292 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic vehicles at the site
Join us on Wednesday 7 August for a midweek treat when the Maidstone Historic Vehicle Group visits the Memoiral. Members plan to arrive in style, with 15 classic cars set to grace the Memorial, with a planned arrival time of 11am.
Sunday 1 September sees the return of the Ramsgate Old Motor and Motorcycle Club for their now annual visit to the site. Come along to see some splendid old vehicles, polished up to look their very best against the fantastic backdrop of the Memorial.
Battle of Britain Day
Join us on Sunday 15 September when we mark Battle of Britain Day with our usual 11am commemoration service.
On Monday 11 November the Trust will mark Remembrance Day with a Service of Commemoration at 11 am.
Memorial Day 2020
We enjoyed a very special Memorial Day in 2019 and we are already planning for next year’s event, which will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Memorial Day is a chance to pay your respects to the men who fought so valiantly to protect this country in the summer and early autumn of 1940. Next year’s commemoration is on Sunday 12 July, 2020. Gates open at 10am.