Though Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon has now closed for flying experiences, FlyDays still has a wide variety of fantastic flying experiences for aviation enthusiasts of all ages to book and enjoy at many great venues in the West Midlands, from Coventry to Warwickshire, from microlighting and gliding to flying lessons and helicopter rides and everything in between.
Long Marston Airfield is open from 07:00 - 14:00. There is a mobile catering service unit situated near the airfield entrance and is open Monday to Friday from 07:00 - 14:00, providing a variety of quality hot and cold snacks. If you are planning on landing your own aircraft, there is a landing fee of £25.00. Please note some or all of the flying experiences below at Long Marston Airfield may be run by an independent operator and the flight dates will be subject to availability.
Long Marston Airfield Sports and Leisure
Long Marston Airfield
Stratford Upon Avon
Long Marston Airfield was located three miles to the south west of Stratford-upon-Avon, just off the B432 on Campden Road near the village of Long Marston in Warwickshire. As of March 2020, the airfield has closed and been demolished to make way for a new housing development.
Situated a short 10 minute drive from the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Marston Airfield notched up over 75 years in operation, not only as a prime location to enjoy civil aviation at but also a key function during the Battle of Britain during World War II.
Originally known as RAF Long Marston when it was opened for use by the Royal Air Force during the peak of combat in 1941, on farmland that had been requisitioned by the Air Ministry.
Its main facilities during military operations consisted of three tarmac runways in the standard RAF ‘A’ formation, two T2 hangars and one B1 hangar and a control tower, as well as 27 pan and spectacle dispersals situated around the airfield in the event of a Luftwaffe attack.
One of the first main units based at RAF Long Marston was the No. 24 Operational Training Unit of the Bomber Command, which flew amongst others, Avro Anson and Vickers Wellington bomber planes. They remained in operation there until July 1945, two months following the end of the war with VE Day.
Numerous other RAF units, including the No. 9 Flying Training School and the No. 10 (Advanced) Flying Training School operated at Long Marston until the RAF withdrew from the base in 1954. Civil flying and aviation commenced from the airfield not long after this.
During the 70+ years it was in operation, Long Marston Airfield was the home of the Microlights Flying School, the Avon Microlight Club, Freedom Sports Aviation and the gliding club MotorGlide.
Although Long Marston Airfield has now officially closed as of the spring of 2020, with FlyDays there are still plenty of fantastic locations that you can book and enjoy flying days and experiences in the West Midlands, including Wellesbourne Airfield and Coventry Airport. Click here to view our dedicated West Midlands page.