Stow Maries Aerodrome

Join us at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon in Essex as we celebrate our centenary.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome was established in September 1916 as a base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, which also operated from aerodromes at 12112295_10153998066333959_5119037186041689606_nRochford (today London Southend International Airport) and Goldhanger (long since disappeared).

For two years it played a pivotal role in helping to defend the British mainland from attacks by German Zeppelin airships and Gotha fixed-wing bombers during World War One.

37 Squadron transitioned from the Royal Flying Corps to the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 when the independent air service was formed and it remained on station until 1919 when it transferred to RAF Biggin Hill.

9284_10153145263228959_211114851817461631_nThereafter the aerodrome reverted to agricultural use, leaving behind a unique collection of historic buildings still in their original form, surrounded by abundant wildlife. The farmland was owned by Flambirds Farm, reputedly the inspiration for K.M. Peyton’s ‘Flambards’ books and subsequent television series.

Now a major conservation project is under way. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Ltd has charitable status (Charity no. 1151099), with the objectives of preserving the fabric of Stow Maries World War One Aerodrome for the public benefit and advancing the education of the public in the history of the aerodrome, World War One and the natural history of the surrounding countryside.

We are open all year round to the public Friday – Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am until 5pm.
Last entry 4pm.

Museum closes at 4pm.
Mess Hall Café closes at 4.30pm.

Facebook_icon_2011Entrance fees

On non-event days:

Adult: £8.00

Children under 16: free

Concessions (over 65): £6.00

Adult Season (annual ticket): £15.00

English Heritage Members: 25% off individual adult tickets on non-event days only

Event days: Entrance fees for special event days will be as advised.

Golden Passport season ticket: £100, which gives free admission on ALL days, including all event days for the rest of the year.

Currently serving members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and their immediate family, will receive free entry, on both non-event and special event days, upon production of an ID card.

Group visits: Please visit our group visits page for more information on how to plan your group trip to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.