Southend Vulcan Open at Visit the Vulcan Day

Sunday, 24 September, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00

Our Visit the Vulcan Day on 24 September is a great opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with Vulcan XL426 at London Southend Airport.

As well as the Vulcan, there will be much to keep the whole family entertained. Visitors can see a display of nine different types of military land rovers as well as two vintage fire engines (including the iconic Green Goddess) plus one of London Southend Airport’s modern fire engines.

Our Visit the Vulcan Days are great days out for aircraft enthusiasts and the general public alike. The VRT Team will be on hand to give guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional fee you can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit.

Other displays include a rare WE177B nuclear bomb, carried by the Vulcan during its time with the RAF, as well as examples of the 1,000 lb high explosive bombs the Vulcan dropped on Port Stanley airfield during the 1982 Falklands Conflict.

Also on display will be the life raft which the Vulcan’s crew would have used had they had to bale out of the aircraft over the sea.

There will be a face painting and burger, hot dog, ice cream and doughnut stands will ensure no one goes hungry. A micro brewery in the hangar to keep mum and dad refreshed!
The VRT souvenir stand will be open selling a selection of Vulcan souvenirs, including Vulcan models, badges, patches, postcards, books, and much more.

General admission is £4.00 for adults with accompanied under-16s admitted FREE. Admission allows you entry to walk around the Vulcan, take a guided tour if you wish and take photographs. An additional £3.50 per person applicable to both adults and under-16s will gain you entry for a tour of XL426's cockpit.

Doors open at 10.00 a.m. on each day with last admission at 4.00 p.m.

Admission and cockpit tickets will only be on sale ‘at the door’ – please note that there are no advance ticket sales.

Entry is free for Vulcan Restoration Trust members.

Cockpit visits take place every 15 minutes and are done on a timed ticket basis, so there is no need to stand and queue. Space is limited so cockpit visit tickets are subject to availability. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Limited free car parking will be available close to the Vulcan Hangar. Please follow the ‘Vulcan Open Day’ direction signs after entering the airport. If the Vulcan car park is full, visitors will need to park in the airport’s short stay car park (for which there is a charge) which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Vulcan.

Visitors can arrive by bus or train. London Southend Airport station is approximately 10 minutes walk away and is served by frequent trains on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line - turn left when leaving the station and follow the signs to the Vulcan.

Details of train times, local bus services and car parking charges can be found on the London Southend Airport website: www.southendairport.com

Sorry – due to airport rules, we regret that no pets can be admitted with the exception of assistance dogs.