Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Situated in the heart of rural Essex, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a unique place with a unique history. It has the largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corps buildings on a WWI aerodrome, which were not adapted for further military use later in its history.

Originally opened in 1916 as home to B Flight of No 37(HD) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, the aerodrome saw the birth of the Air Defence of Great Britain in response to the first raids by Zeppelins and Gotha bombers on London and the South East. It played a key role in the Battle for Britain the following year. It was at Stow Maries that No 37 Squadron transitioned from the Royal Flying Corps to the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918.

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Address

Flambirds Chase
Hackmans Lane
Purleigh, Nr Maldon
Essex
CM3 6RJ

Opening Times

Please see website for opening hours

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What’s On, Upcoming Events

Starts

28

Apr

Expires

28

Apr

Wings & Big Wheel Rally – Donation Day

This year the Wings & Big Wheels rally will start at the aerodrome, refreshments will be available to buy before setting out on a approximately 55-mile journey through the Essex...

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM3 6RJ

Starts

19

May

Expires

19

May

Wings and Wheels

Join us as this highly popular event returns to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. A fun day for the family that marries our favourite aircraft with cars! Everything from classic and vintage...

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM3 6RJ

Starts

29

Jun

Expires

29

Jun

Armed Forces Day

One of the biggest Armed Forces Day events on the Essex calendar and this year the site will also commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.There will be lots to see and explore, with...

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM3 6RJ

Starts

13

Jul

Expires

13

Jul

Stow Proms

After its successful debut in 2018, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome will again host its very own Proms.Dunmow Wind Band will again delight the audience with their amazing tunes.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM3 6RJ

Starts

27

Jul

Expires

28

Jul

Stow at War

This national-level living-history event focusing on the British Armed Forces of the Great War returns in all its glory for its third year.From Soldiers to Nurses and Airmen, their uniforms,...

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM3 6RJ

Additional Features

  • The Mess (cafe)
  • Three Museum Exhibits
  • Shop
  • Events
  • Venue Hire
  • Childrens Clubs - sto-KERS