Battle of Britain

Image by Serge Ottaviani

Saturday 6th June 2020 – Postponed until 2021

The Battle of Britain raged over the skies of Kent from 10 July to 31 October 1940. Adolf Hitler was preparing to invade England, the last country standing against him. He sent the might of his Luftwaffe to seize air superiority, as crossing the Channel in force without it would be impossible. British and allied pilots (“the Few”) won the battle, and the invasion was called off.

The Planned Visit – Outline

The Cranbrook and Goudhurst Branches of the Royal British Legion have arranged a one day visit to key Battle of Britain installations and memorials in Kent. The visit will include:

  • The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Ferne
  • Lunch at the Cat and Custard Pot, a popular local for Battle of Britain fighter pilots in 1940.
  • Visit to the Hawkinge Aerodrome Battle of Britain Museum.

Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Ferne

The new Visitor Centre opened in 2015. It comprises the “Cockpit Café” with a good view of the Channel, exhibits on the ground floor with a shop, and “The Scramble Experience”, an interactive  centre for all ages showing what life was like for those involved on the front line in the Battle of Britain. Outside are a number of information boards, full size Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft, and the view from the cliff top of the Channel and Folkestone harbour and town is magnificent.

The Cat and Custard Pot Inn

This popular and quirky pub was a favourite with Battle of Britain pilots. It is close to Hawkinge Aerodrome (see below) and is full of interesting memorabilia. You can choose battered fish and chips, battered chicken pieces and chips, or a cheese ploughman’s. (Choices must be made in advance, on your booking form). Buy your own drinks. Specify special dietary needs in advance.

Hawkinge Aerodrome

The Royal Flying Corps used Hawkinge in 1915 for barrage balloons. It was in full flying use in between the wars and became a key link in the air front line from 1940, during the Dunkirk Evacuation. In 1940 it became an offshoot of Biggin Hill, and fighter squadrons were based here throughout the Battle of Britain. The Museum has five hangars of aircraft, arms, equipment and uniforms and a great deal of information on display.

The Cost

The inclusive cost per adult is £45 and £38 per child under 5 and over 12. This includes the coach, visits and lunch, but not morning coffee or lunchtime drinks which can be purchased.

Download Booking Form: Booking Form BoB 06-06-2020