Set imaginations soaring with two weeks of flight-tastic activities from kites to virtual reality at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.


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Get experimental every day with our family technical challenge in the Education Centre, explore flying equipment up close next to Concorde and find out about the science of flight with our new Flying for Fun trail.

We are also running a varied activity programme across the Easter holidays including science shows, virtual reality sessions and opportunities to meet real scientists, engineers and microlight pilots, plus two days of spectacular kite flying. See below for more information about what is on offer each day, all included in museum admission.

On every day

Family Technical Challenge

Sat 1 – Mon 17 April
12:00 – 16:00 (drop in, Education Centre)

Work together to build a glider for a modelling clay pilot. Can you make him fly further than everyone else?

Flying for Fun object handling

Sat 1 – Mon 17 April
11:00 & 14:00 (20 mins, Concorde Hangar)

Come and get hands on with some of the equipment modern aviators use when they are flying for fun, including a paraglider!

Flying for Fun trail

Sat 1 – Mon 17 April
10:00 – 17:00 (pick up a trail at the museum shop)

Discover the science behind gliders and microlights as you follow our trail around the Flying for Fun section of the Civil Aviation Hangar.

Above: Meet pilots and more in Flying for Fun at National Museum of Flight © Ruth Armstrong Photography

Drop-in activities and events

Bird People science show

Sat 1, Sun 2, Sat 8 & Sun 9 April
14:00 & 15:00 (20 mins, Education Centre)

Step back to the 16th century with our science show character who is flummoxed by flying. Find out why alchemist John Damian failed to fly from Stirling Castle in his attempt to impress the king. Spaces limited, arrive early to be sure of a seat.

Meet the pilot

Sat 1, Sun 2, Sat 8, Sun 9, Sat 15, Sun 16 & Mon 17 April
12:00 – 14:00 (drop in, Civil Aviation Hangar)

Microlight pilots will be here to meet you and answer your questions. Find out what it is like to have your own aircraft and what you can do to get involved.


Wed 12 & Thu 13 April
11:00 – 15:00 (drop in, Concorde Hangar)

Real scientists and engineers will help you discover how aeroplanes fly. Working with large model gliders you can experiment to make them climb, glide and turn.

Kite Festival

Sat 15 & Sun 16 April
10:00 – 17:00 (in front of the Concorde hangar)

Join us for a weekend of spectacular kite activities with the North East Kite Flyers. Watch giant kites float on the breeze and enjoy demonstrations by experts, or make a simple kite yourself. Find out about more about the Kite Festival.

Bookable sessions

Virtual Reality Pilots

Dates: Thu 6 & Fri 7 April
Time: 11:00 – 15:00 (timed slots, Education Centre)

Try your hand at flying an aeroplane in the virtual world with the help of Viarama! Places limited, please book a slot in the shop on arrival. Suitable for age 10+.

Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery


Header image: Louise Scott, Blair Smith, Imogen Scott and Jack Thomson practice kite-flying ahead of the National Museum of Flight’s Flying for Fun event which runs from 1-17 April © Paul Dodds


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Event information


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How much

Included in museum admission.

Booking information

All activities (expect Virtual Reality Pilots) are suitable for children age 3+ but younger children will need help from an accompanying adult.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Adult: £12
Concessions: £10
Child: £7 (under 5 free)
Family: £31 (2 adults and 2 children)
Members: Free
National Art Pass holders: Free
Group rates available

Concorde Audio Guide: Free
Free parking