Wickenby Airfield looks set to get a tourism boost after it was officially recognised as top tourist attraction.
The WW2 Control Tower is home to the Wickenby Memorial Collection which houses a collection of artefacts, photographs and historical documents detailing RAF Wickenby during World War Two – highlighting it’s serving personnel, buildings, aircraft and flying activities. This collection is collated, displayed and managed by a small group of dedicated volunteers who give their free time every week to be on call for members of the public who want to find out more about 12 and 626 Squadrons.
It’s largely thanks to their efforts that the English Tourist Board have awarded a ‘Visit England Rose’ to us, which means that our airfield will now be promoted by the Tourist Board and feature on their website and literature.
Wickenby Airfield was put forward for the award by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire because it felt the site needed some recognition. A mystery shopper then visited the airfield and was impressed by the facilities.
Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire aviation development officer Phil Bonner said: “When people see the Visit England Rose they know there is something good to see. It will really boost tourism in the area.”
Wickenby Airfield’s volunteer curator, Anne Law, added: “Until a few years ago visitors were few and far between, but that’s not the case now. It’s such a big thing for us to be recognised as a tourist destination – it will raise our profile and put Wickenby on the map.”
Our original WW2 Control Tower is also home to the Watch Office Cafe where all visitors to the airfield can receive first class hot and cold food Tuesday to Sunday, and there’s a fantastic view of the airfield where you can view aircraft activities throughout the week, subject to weather!