Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum

Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum

I’m embarrassed to say this that at the age of 54 and living in Padstow, only 20 miles away that I have never been to the Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum, we have driven past it thousands of times on the way to walk the dogs at Bodmin moor, Roughtor and Crowdy reservoir, always with the promise that we must visit the museum. My initial thoughts were this would be just another museum, how wrong could I have been.

On Tuesday we decided to pay it a visit. Why, Why, Why, haven’t we been here before, this place is a hidden gem and a ‘Must Visit’ venue in Cornwall’s many Tourist attractions.

We were greeted at the gate with a salute and were directed to the guard house for our instructions. Here we paid our entrance fee, £13 for a family of four. This I thought to be very reasonable. And were given a map and our orders.

I was really impressed with the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that have worked so hard to preserve parts of our history for future generations. The gentlemen on the gate and the guard room were both very knowledgeable about their museum. The museum starts in the Roxie cinema with a documentary film of how it all started. You then move on with your map to the other areas of the museum which I must add is well laid out and flows nicely from building to building. Each building is packed full of information and war memorabilia.

When going around the museum you can truly see the passion and effort that has gone into it. What sets this museum apart from others is that you can tell it is built upon passion and not profit.

We spent 3 hrs. here and still needed more time as we didn’t have a cuppa in the NAAFI, Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.

The museum opens on 19th March and closes 30th October. Well worth a visit.

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