The RAF Air Defence Radar Museum – Horning, Norfolk
Back in August, our family of 4 (mum, dad, 14-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl) took a trip over to the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum in Horning (Norfolk).
My son loves history, so he was very excited to visit this, as was his dad. And they definitely weren’t disappointed by what they found.
The museum is run entirely by volunteers, and they all clearly love what they do. Not only are they extremely welcoming, they tell fascinating stories about life during the war as well as showing you how the equipment was used back then to locate enemy aircraft. We were all quite fascinated by the displays, with lots of hands-on opportunities to give it all a go for yourself.
There are endless rooms full of artefacts and intriguing displays. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you find another room full of interesting stuff to see. Including old telephones. Sadly, I’m just old enough to remember how to use one.
There are 2 talks you can listen to. One of these is held in the eerie cold war room. With all the lights and dials, it’s like something out of a movie scene. Obviously, the kids (and husband) loved it.
We learnt all about radar and how it has helped us over the years to defend our country. All the kids loved the fact that in the cold war room, everything was written on the board ‘backwards’, and they were given a chance to practice for themselves. It’s harder than you think!
It was quite a history lesson, but well worth the visit.
I’d recommend the Air Radar Museum for families with older kids (ideally age 10+), especially those interested in the history of WW1, WW2 and the cold war. This is a great way for them to swot up during the school holidays, and because it’s all indoors, it’s great to visit in any weather!
Take a look at the Air Defence Museum’s website here for full booking details.
Disclosure: Our family received complimentary tickets to allow us to review this attraction.