THOUSANDS are expected to make their way to Cotswold Airport this Saturday when the airport throws open its gates to the public for its first ever vintage and wartime extravaganza.

The event is raising money for The Royal British Legion and Flying 4 Freedom, which is based at the airport and offers post-recovery flying activities to severely disabled people inspiring those still in rehabilitation.

The day will be packed full of dramatic re-enactments and demonstrations with hundreds of vintage and military vehicles as well as activities for all the family.

Visitors on the day can expect a huge display of vintage, military and emergency services vehicles and planes. There will also be steam traction engines to admire.

As well as wartime re-enactments, there will be the chance to take pleasure flights in light aircraft, helicopters and hot air balloons.

Plane enthusiasts will be interested in the chance to get up close and personal to several aircraft including the rare VFW-164 and Hawker Siddeley Dominie, a retired RAF jet.

Live period music will get everyone in the swing and dressing the part is positively encouraged.

There will be control tower and airside tours (limited availability), airport fire crew crash demo of a rescue from a burning aircraft and an amazing rescue demonstration by a lifeboat hovercraft.

Youngsters are well-catered for with a kids play zone with giant inflatable slide, toddler play zone, vintage pedal cars, and entertainment by stilt-walking magician Mr Bamboozle.

Add to this shopping stalls and beer and food tent and this promises to be a great family day out.

The day culminates in a jaw-dropping hot air balloon night glow set to music, guaranteed to send you away happy.

  • Gates open at 9am and close at 9pm.
  • £5 entry. Free for under 16's.
  • Tickets are available via Everyman Theatre Box Office online, in person or via telephone on 01242 572573 (50p booking charge applies).