The school holidays have arrived, and Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park has a range of activities to keep families entertained – whether or not you’re jetting off somewhere exotic!
This year’s line-up includes Sunday Fun Days, Midweek Madness and Bank Holiday Bonanza as well as the popular Flight Academy and 80th birthday giveaways.
Here’s a guide to what’s on…
Families and aviation enthusiasts looking for a summer day out should look no further than Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park.
The Runway Visitor Park is located at the end of Manchester Airport’s two runways, giving visitors panoramic views of the hundreds of daily flights landing and taking off.
Home to five retired aircraft, the park gives visitors the chance to explore iconic aircraft such as Concorde, sitting where royalty once sat and even getting a chance to play pilot as they learn more about these magnificent machines.
It’s not just about planes at the park – with a playground, picnic areas, aviation shop, and restaurant so there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.
Sundays are Fun Days
There’s fun for all the family at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park this summer with their ‘Sundays are Fun Days’ events making a comeback.
Every Sunday from 29th July until 2nd September will be ‘Sundays are Fun Days’ at the park, with free children’s rides, bouncy castles, and trampolines. (Rides available 10am-5pm, weather permitting.)
Whilst the kids are jumping around, parents can relax in the Concorde Restaurant, spend some time on the viewing platforms watching the take offs and landings of the airport’s hundreds of daily flights, or explore the aircraft on one of the park’s many tours.
Back by popular demand, the park’s Flight Academy for ages 3-13 will be running throughout August.
The academy gives kids the chance to climb onboard a real aircraft and sit in the cockpit as they learn more about aviation and flying a plane.
They’ll also get the chance to try their hand at being a pilot, cabin crew or air traffic controller in a role play session exploring the many careers at the airport.
The fun doesn’t stop there, with even more dates to get in the diary this August as the park hosts a special Midweek Madness on 1st August.
The event will include the popular Concorde Short Tour for just £5pp, and all day parking for just £2.
Bank Holiday Bonanza
On the 27th August, the park will be holding a fun filled Bank Holiday Bonanza for the whole family to enjoy.
Tickets will include a summer BBQ, a world famous Concorde tour, and all day parking for £15pp.
80th Birthday Archive Exhibition
The Manchester Airport Archives have been opened to the public for a special exhibition at the Runway Visitor Park.
Visitors will be able to delve into the airport’s 80 year history, as they explore parachutes, visitor books, model aircraft, and much more.
Manchester Airport 80th Birthday Giveaways
In celebration of Manchester Airports’ 80th birthday, the Runway Visitor Park is having a summer of birthday giveaways and offers for repeat customers.
Each week visitors can pick up a birthday voucher to redeem gifts or offers on their next visit, including free ice cream, reduced parking offers and kids eat free days.
The park is open from 8am-8pm in July and August. Tours, academies and events can be booked online.
About the Runway Visitor Park
Over a quarter of a million people visit the Runway Visitor Park every year. The park is situated at the end of Manchester Airport’s two runways and gives visitors unrivalled views of departing and arriving aircraft.
It is home to five retired aircraft; the Concorde G-BOAC, RAF Nimrod, the DC-10, Trident and the AVRO RJX. Charges apply for aircraft tours.
Entrance to the park is free, although vehicle charges apply.
Car and motorbike parking charges are as follows: £5 for up to 2 hours, £10 for 2-4 hours, and £12 for all stays over 4 hours.
Coach parking is charged at a flat rate of £12. Parking charges are included in the price of aircraft tours, excluding short tours.
The park is open 8am-8pm through July and August, and 8am-6pm in September and October. (Opening hours vary at other times of the year.)