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2018 marks the centenary of the RAF, and to remember this milestone, we’ll visit probably the most famous landmark in its history – RAF College Cranwell, as well as the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and the Newark Air Museum, located on the former World War II airfield of RAF Winthorpe.
Day One - Home to Grantham
We’ll make our way from the interchange to Grantham, where we’ll check in to the Urban Hotel and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)
Days Two to Four – Grantham
We’ll have a great time, with three included excursions to participate in including the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and the Newwark Air Museum. (B,D)
Day Five – Grantham to Home
Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)
Urban Hotel Grantham
This modern and luxurious 4-star hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and spa bath. The restaurant offers both modern and traditional cuisine. The Courtyard Bar also serves meals and snacks and has a lovely outdoor terrace.
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Full Day: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Excursion incorporating two air heritage centres. Firstly we call at the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum - RAF College Cranwell is probably the most famous landmark in RAF history and portrays the story of this historic site from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the present day.
We continue on to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War II. It holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, in it's collection alongside many other wartime vehicles.
Full Day: Lincoln and Newark Air Museum
Excursion to discover the Newark Air Museum. Located on part of the former World War II airfield of RAF Winthorpe, aviation heritage has been part of the site for over 45 years. We continue on to visit the historic city of Lincoln, while here explore the ancient heart of the city, the area around Steep Hill and the castle and cathedral have remained unchanged for centuries. Or tackle the roof tour to the top of the cathedral, which was the tallest building in the world for more than 200 years.
Half Day: Melton Mowbray
From the hotel it's just a short excursion to the nearby, quintessential English market town of Melton Mowbray, one of the country's rural gastronomic centres, renowned for Stilton cheese and pork pies. There are also plenty of places of historical interest, particularly in relation to the English Civil war when Melton Mowbray was a strong Parliamentarian garrison, with two battles being fought in the town, the sites of which make for a fascinating visit.