Monkey loved his visit to our local airfield and our aviation themed day last week, that we decided to give the International Air Tattoo at Fairford a try with him this year. Daddy P and I had been together when I was pregnant and I’d been before that with my ex. I’d been wary about taking Monkey because of the noise and had worried he’d get bored.
But the weather forecast looked ok for Sunday and Daddy P decided that we deserved a treat (£40.00 per adult ticket is a lot for us to find these days). I booked the tickets online on Saturday, along with a free pass for Monkey, made up a picnic and we were ready to go.
We arrived at 10am just as the first display started. It’s very well organised, we were offered a free child safety wristband for Monkey and shown where we could get some ear defenders. We started with the little yellow foam inserts, with a charitable donation, but Monkey soon started to take them out, and for £5.00 we could buy a proper set of ear defenders – a bargain, and Monkey actually liked wearing them.
They are definately a good idea for kids, the jet engines are very loud. They kept him safe and he was totally undeterred by the noise.
We saw lots of static displays – all sorts of aeroplanes and helicopters.
Monkey absolutely loved it. There were quite a few opportunities to go on board some of the larger aeroplanes, but we decided against it. Firstly, most involved a queue, and secondly I had images of not being able to get Monkey off the planes! Something to save for when he’s a bit older.
We had our picnic lunch in the sunshine, whilst watching some of the air displays.
We walked around some more and found the Techno Village – there were lots of things for children to try, even a 3 and half-year old Monkey had fun learning about wind turbines and battery chargers. He then visited the RAF Careers stand and had some fun with logistics. They gave him a water bottle which he is now permanently attached to!
By mid afternoon it was really hot and we all decided we needed an ice cream fix 🙂
We met some Dalek’s ……
….. and then it was time for a very tired Monkey to take us home – a great day out, we were so lucky with the weather! Monkey was very good and took it all in his stride. He hasn’t stopped talking about the day since.