Event Details

PROPWASH - Festival of the Air

  • Sun 23 Jul 2023

  • 10AM - 4PM

Join us for all the thrills of air displays (weather permitting) , with plenty of things to keep you buzzing on the ground.

Its time we all made a fuss about Aviation!

A fantastic new event for Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

For the first time, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is dedicating an entire event to Aviation! Join us at these beloved Aerodrome as we celebrate all things winged.With everything from up-close-and-personal photo opportunities to clambering into to cockpits, if you are an aviation fan, this is the event for you.

Weather permitting, the skies above us on the event day will be filled with all manner of new and returning friends, entertaining you and thrilling all below. Friends like the madcap Turb Team and the amazing Tiger 9 will leave you breathless. With other aircraft in Solo or tail chase displays, its sure to be a great display!


We welcome participant applications from high quality traders, enthusiasts, Cockpits and ground displays. If you think you should be here, GET IN TOUCH!

All displaying participants must be approved by SMGWA in advance and in writing. No places will be allocated on the day.

Enquiries in the first instance by e-mail it to us at info@stowmaries.org.ukWe regret that we are not accepting applications from Fast Food and Beverage providers.

Your place will be confirmed to you in writing. No registration is complete until we have confirmed it in writing.

On the Ground, there will be plenty to see too!

You will be able to get up close and personal with all manner of aircraft, cockpits and even a WW1 Simulator! So far, we are looking forward to welcoming representatives, aircraft and displays from:



Vulcan Restoration Trust

The Tiger Club

London Airsports Centre

Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club


Suffolk Coastal Strut (LAA)

The Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Cockpit Team

Datum Attitude

with more confirming day by day!

Guest of Honour

102 year-old RAF WW2 Mosquito Pilot Jim Dearlove

We are honoured to welcome Jim Dearlove who, as a 23 year-old RAF pilot flew de Havilland Mosquitos on daring bombing raids to the German capital Berlin, as our Guest of Honour.

The RAF veteran, who still plays golf every week with his three friends (the four have a collective age of 370) has enthusiastically accepted an invitation from the SMGWA charity to appear before an audience of visitors to the show and answer questions about his experiences over the five years he spent in the Royal Air Force.

The opportunities to hear first hand from those who flew in defence of our nation in World War 2 are, sadly, now extremely limited and that is why we are sure there will be a large audience for Jim’s appearance at our event.Jim was a very successful pilot of the de Havilland Mosquito (“a beautiful aircraft; the fastest thing out there”) until April 1945, flying many missions to Berlin.

If you are interested in meeting Jim, please contact us on info@stowmaries.org.uk

Celebrated author Ian Castle will be joining us to give a great talk on the early bombing campaign.

His talk will feature two of our newest acquisitions and their role - all covered with your admission ticket!


Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Hackmans Lane Purleigh, Chelmsford, CM3 6RN

Click here to get Google Map directions to the site entrance from your location. See also: Directions by Road

Ticket Prices

  • Adult Admission(16yrs+): £ 20.00
    + £ 2.38 Fee - Sales end at 11pm on 22 Jul 2023
  • Young Person (6-15yrs) Admission: £ 10.00
    + £ 1.55 Fee - Sales end at 11pm on 22 Jul 2023
  • Infant (0-5yrs) Admission: FREE
    Sales end at 11pm on 22 Jul 2023
  • Group Admission (2 x Adult+2 x Young Person): £ 50.00
    + £ 4.88 Fee - Sales end at 11pm on 22 Jul 2023

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  • 10AM - 4PM

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  • 10AM - 3PM

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  • 10AM - 4PM

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  • 1PM - 4PM

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