Visitor information

Facilities

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is open to the public every Friday, Saturday & Sunday for the winter season, from 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm). Catering in the Mess Hall Café varies dependent on staffing, but coffees, teas, drinks and light snacks are always available until 4pm.

We welcome visits from those coming by coach and larger groups, who can also visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You will find more details on our group visits page, 

The site can be accessed via road and air, more information can be found on our maps and directions page.

Parking

Free on-site parking is available for cars and coaches with disabled parking available outside the Museum.

On special fly-in days disabled visitors will be directed to another suitable parking area.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users are able to access all areas of Stow Maries Aerodrome and there are disabled toilets in the Mess Hall, Museum and Aerodrome Shop.

We have four wheelchairs on site for the use of visitors, kindly donated by Clacton’s Royal Air Forces Association.

Anyone needing assistance to push a wheelchair can ask any member of staff and a wheelchair buddy will be allocated to help.

The Mess Hall Café

From breakfast, to a light bite or a three course meal, the Mess Hall Café can provide food and drink to suit all. Even if you’re not visiting the rest of the site you are welcome to come and enjoy the delights of the café.

If you wish to come for lunch with a group a special menu can be prepared. Favourites include cottage pie, baked salmon with Mediterranean vegetables, apple crumble and poached pears with butterscotch sauce and our delicious homemade cakes. Take a look at our new cafe menu.

If you have special dietary requirements, please contact us, to let us know beforehand so we can ensure we can meet your needs.

The Aerodrome Shop

The Aerodrome Shop at Stow Maries is a little gem and can be visited by all.    

Just some of the items you will find in the shop are as follows: 

  • Books, clothing and mementos of the site
  • Jigsaws and games
  • A children’s section with exciting models and explorer kits
  • Scarves, handbags and purses with embroidered poppies
  • Kitchenware
  • Past sporting adverts from brands such as Bisto, Jacobs, Omo and McDougalls, to name but a few
  • Photographs and calendars featuring the wildlife of Stow Maries, taken by Aerodrome Operations & Site Manager Russell Savory

 Visitors are sure to find something of interest.