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“Bring back the playpark!”

East Midlands Aeropark
Ranked #13 of 82 things to do in Derby
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Aeropark is both an aviation museum and a viewing area where you can study the preserved planes of yesteryear or watch the modern airliners of today taking-off and landing at a growing international passenger and cargo airport. Within the Aeropark there is a viewing mound where the top of the viewing mound is just 170 meters north of the main east/west runway of the airport. The Aeropark at East Midlands Airport is located in the north-west corner of the Airport site close to the village of Castle Donington. It is well signposted from the Airport's main entrance.
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bring back the playpark!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Used to go here almost every weekend to play on the playpark and eat a picnic and watch planes. Planes still of interest and good to watch planes taking off but really needs a good cafe and would be so much better if the playpark returned. Had hours of fun in the 80's there!

Thank MyFamilyDaysOut
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Derby, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Another open cockpit day”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Have visited this place several times a year usually.... and today I was lucky enough to be around when the Aeropark held Open Cockpit day. A lot of the aircraft were open to viewing, including the Nimrod and the Vulcan (though extra charges apply).
I didn't mind paying a bit to go in and see them close up, knowing that the park is run entirely on gate money and the goodwill of volunteers. There have been improvements to walkways and viewing areas with a new "mound" at the top of the park as well as more picnic tables and an improved cafe/hangar/toilet area with a stunning collection of aircraft models. Entry fee on none cockpit days is just £3 for adults and £1 for kids, and there is a care park or a 30 min bus service on the Skylink from Nottingham or Derby.
I have always found the volunteers to be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the aircraft which adds to the experience.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank jedimasterlincoln
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Nice to visit with s picnic”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

We've visited a few times and if it's good weather have taken a picnic, great place to chill with the added entertainment of planes arriving and departing. The aeropark itself has some good exhibits and younger children will love these,definitely worth a visit and if you have a smart phone download 'plane finder' so you know what's coming/leaving and from where which keeps the kids interested.

1 Thank Mark_JulieR
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“What a lovely place”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Take a picknick, lovely place to chill and look at aircraft. We went as a group of under 30 years old adult

Thank Tim W
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Derby, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Bus trip party visit”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

What a gem of an attraction to people interested in aeroplane heritage. Have the introductory talk in a plane fuselage. Climb into the Vulcan bomber cockpit (if small, fit and agile). Try on helicopter rescue harness and talk to the helpful volunteers.

Visited July 2013
Thank Lesley H
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