Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Maldon

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  • I have visited several times now and always found it fascinating to see how developments are progressing. The WW1 Museum has many interesting items about life in the Great War and the details of Zeppe...  more »
  • A very pleasant day out for couples families children etc...numerous replica WW1 aircraft and vehicles on display that really bring you back to the era. With a simulator and several display rooms to g...  more »
  • A trip back in time with excellent exhibits and very knowledgeable guides. The buildings,aeroplanes and vehicles are well restored a very interesting and well preserved piece of history.j Just a short...  more »
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  • Great hidden gem. So pleased when we found this place. Great staff, excellent exhibits and very authentic mess hall complete with piano. The ladies run a nice little cafe selling homemade cakes. Thoughtful museum bringing to life realities of early air warfare and all the people it effected. The memorial is set in the middle of a large open field, the "few" who protected us from Zeppelin raids over such a huge expanse of sky in machines constructed from wood & cloth. That's bravery. One leg Man.
  • Had a guided tour arranged by local Family History group. Very interesting. The Volunteers are doing a brilliant job restoring it to how it was in the 1st World War. Definitely worth a visit, but check opening hours before you go.
  • Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is the only WWI Aerodrome of its kind in the UK & Europe. I actually got a little excited at being at Stow Maries, my tour guide was quite knowledgeable and his insight was second to none; you live the vision (well, I certainly did) as the original aerodrome is laid out before you, you get a sense of where the officers; the sargeants and enlisted men were housed. You can see the Passion and Dedication the volunteers have put in to remaking this Great Piece of Living Legend (or as I would call it) a 'Living Heritage Museum'. I was impressed with the visitor side of things; every thing is high spec (high standard), and where the modern meets history it does not disappoint. You feel like you are stepping back in time to WWI and half expect to see an RFC Officer or plane coming in to land. This was my first visit and I was very impressed. I would not be surprised to see this aerodrome on tv or being used in the movies at some point, it has vast potential. The vehicles and some of the aircraft are working and take part in their regular events. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a Masterclass of Aviation History and it raises the bar on WWI restoration projects. 'My personal score is 10/10, and 'I also give Stow Maries a Gold Star'. I feel they they deserve much more than what my personal scoring can give, but to end this review, I would say that this piece of aviation history is part of the fabric of the identity of the British people that made Great Britain, Great!
  • As a former WW I aerodrome it has an important story to tell. And that is what they do, altough there is still a lot of work to be done before its all the buildings are complete. You just have to visit a few times during the years to see the progress they are making.
  • Stow Marie's is the best preserved World war 1 airdrome in Europe. There is an on going preservation of buildings with two museums a gift shop and a Mess where you can buy hot and cold food. Flying events are held throughout the year. It also has four types of British owls on the site.

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