National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. Photo © Stewart Atwood small

Travel back in time this half term at the National Museum of Flight

Discover the fascinating Second World War history of East Fortune airfield at the National Museum of Flight this half-term. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, families can travel back in time during a weekend of themed activities on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February. 

A selection of images is available for press use here.  

Set on one of the best-preserved Second World War airfields in the UK, half-term activities will bring this extraordinary history to life with costumed interpreters and genuine military flying equipment from the period. Families can also explore the site with the new Family Satchels containing puzzles and activities to enjoy together, before discovering the Museum’s historic hangars filled with fascinating aircraft and interactive displays. 

The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery means that Second World War at East Fortune is free with Museum admission. 
Steve McLean, General Manager at the National Museum of Flight, said: 

“As one of Scotland’s best days out, the National Museum of Flight is the perfect destination for families this half-term. We are delighted to be able to offer these free activities thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery and I hope our young visitors will enjoy learning about life at East Fortune during the Second World War.” 

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: 

“We hope families enjoy this captivating experience in the half-term, as they explore the rich history of the Second World War at the UK's best-preserved airfield. Our players have raised over £4 million for National Museums Scotland, enabling the museums to offer many free and fascinating activities to families across Scotland."

 The National Museum of Flight is home to a world class collection of aircraft, from a Supermarine Spitfire to Scotland’s only Concorde. The attraction houses the family-friendly Fantastic Flight gallery with its interactive exhibits where visitors can explore the science of aviation and discover how aeroplanes fly. They are also able to learn more about East Fortune’s wartime heritage in the Museum’s Fortunes of War exhibition.   

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  1. The National Museum of Flight  

East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF 
Tel: 0300 123 6789 


Members Free 
Adult from £13.00 
Concession from £11.00
Child 5–15 from £8.00 

Under 5s Free 

Tickets can be booked online 

February half-term opening hours: 
Sat 10 - Sun 18 Feb 
Open daily: 10:00 - 16:00 

Winter opening hours: 
Nov – Mar (not including February half-term) 
Open weekends only, Sat & Sun: 10:00 - 16:00, last entry 15:00 


  1. National Museums Scotland

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