Lift Off At Stow Maries

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This weekend Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex will be hosting ‘Lift Off’, a technology-inspired festival for children, young people and their families, free to those aged under 10.

On Sunday 17 September the site will become home to an eclectic mix of technology and science and will include a wide range of hands-on activities from virtual reality simulators and micro electronics to robotics, drone flying and more. Exhibitors to the event will include UKDS Drone Racing, the Royal Aeronautical Society and The Bloodhound Project, a global engineering adventure attempting to break the 1000mph land speed record. Throughout the day there will also be the opportunity to explore the history of the site, as Europe’s best-preserved World War One aerodrome, and to settle down for a cup of tea or a snack in the site’s iconic Airman’s Mess.

The event follows a series of successes for the site including Sto-kers, its monthly activity club for children aged 8 – 14. Sessions usually take place on the first Saturday of every month and offer a range of standalone activities as well as the opportunity to work on a more tailored project. Throughout the summer, two additional activity days took place, giving young people the opportunity to further enhance their learning in STEM subjects. From paper planes, boomerangs and rocket cars to robotics and Raspberry Pi, there were lots of things to see, do and make outside of the curriculum.

Yesterday the site also announced £4.3 million in funding from the National Lottery. The money will go towards restoration and redevelopment, and will include a new purpose-built welcome centre, café and shop. Ian Flint, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This successful application will help to ensure that Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome has the opportunity to develop into an even more professional Visitor Attraction and further energise progress on our project. This will help us keep Stow Maries where it deserves to be – on the regional, national and international Heritage stage as a premier location for Early Military aviation history and the Great War in the Air.” More information about the funding can be found here.

‘Lift Off’ will run from 10am – 5pm with a full range of events happening throughout the day. Please visit the website to find out more, and to book tickets.

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