Cotswold Airport (Kemble, Gloucestershire)
Former home of the Red Arrows display team, Cotswold Airport is based in the village of Kemble in Gloucestershire, only seven miles from the old Roman town of Cirencester. With everything from helicopters to 747s operating out of the airfield, its an exciting choice of venue. To get there from the M4 join the AA429 at Junction 17 or from the M5 join the A419 at Junction 11A to Cirencester, and from there follow the A433 to the airfield. Postcode GL7 6BA.
If you wish to travel by rail, Kemble has its own station, with a regular service from London Paddington Station.
There is a restaurant on site serving fresh and locally-sourced food, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, tea, coffee and a selection of homemade cakes. The restaurant also has an outdoor terrace offering excellent views of the runway. Visitors are welcome to view the aircraft so long as they stay in permitted areas.
During the Second World War the airfield, (formerly RAF Kemble), was responsible for training crews to fly the long and treacherous missions over occupied territory in Africa and the Middle East. As the war progressed a new runway was constructed in 1942, and a year later it was extended to its present length of 2,009 metres (6,591 ft). Now used for civilian aviation, Kemble was home to the world-renowned Red Arrows from 1966 to 1983, and still hosts the Cotswold Air show and Battle of Britain Weekend.