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There are a selection of events taking place in May listed below. Many of these events are free of charge and open to all. I strongly recommend you double check the event details beforehand. Please contact the organiser if you have any questions or queries.

 Wednesday 4th May Winchester - Science Centre & Planetarium Wonder-full Wednesdays

This is the place to be for stacks of fun during term time. You'll see science shows and demos, interactive exhibits and a brand new Planetarium show every time you visit. We're going to fire your imagination with new science workshop themes every single week.   Join in each week for the chance to build your science knowledge. You also get to fill up your activity passport with stamps and be presented with your certificates. £10 (free to annual members). 2:30pm to 7pm every Wednesday. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium  in Winchester, Telegraph Way,  Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ. https://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/whats-on/wonderfull-wednesdays

Wednesday 4th May Romsey - South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

'Life as an AO Pilot' a talk by Jerome Mostyn. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Due to COVID pre-booked Members only. Romsey Working Men's Conservative Club. Contact Mike Webster wmcbug+AT+aol.com

Wednesday 4th May Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture ****

Branch Annual General Meeting followed by Paul Beaver FRAeS Evolution ・from Schneider to Spitfire. Following the Branch AGM, at Solent Sky Museum, Paul Beaver FRAeS will present a compelling history of the evolution of the Spitfire.  Paul is an aviation historian, broadcaster and writer who specialises in the 1930s and 1940s. He is very much a hands-on historian with his own vintage Miles Messenger aeroplane. Other aeroplane types in his log book include the Spitfire and Mustang. Venue: Solent Sky Museum. Albert Rd S, Southampton SO14 3FR. 18:15 - 泥oors open・18:30 - Lecture starts. Contact Nigel Bradshaw Secretary email solent+AT+aerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk. Follow +AT+Solent_RAeS on twitter to stay up to date regarding all the local events and activities.


Saturday 7th May Gosport - The Hovercraft Museum Open Days

The Hovercraft Museum is open most Saturdays 10 am until 4 pm except for a brief closure during the Winter period. In addition to these hours, we offer special events throughout the year.   We aim to have a summer season full of events and activities including the return of Hovertravel Ltd to provide pleasure flights around the Solent from our slipway on selected dates. Our volunteers will continue to get the collection ready for you to visit and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you through the gates once again! https://www.hovercraft-museum.org/

Monday 9th May Andover - Andover Strut

Members evening. In house presentations from home builders restorers. The Andover Strut meets on the 2nd Monday in the month at Popham Airfield (EGHP). Visitors welcome.   We normally gather at around 19:30 for a 20:00 start. Tea, coffee and  biscuits  available throughout the evening. http://www.andoverstrut.org.uk  


Monday 9th May Hedge End - Hampshire  Industrial  Archaeology  Society (HIAS) Talk

Vickers-Supermarine at Hursley Park by Dave Key. Dave is the voluntary archivist and historian at Hursley Park. All meetings  are held at the Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF at 7.45 PM on the first Monday of the month, unless stated otherwise. Occasional visitors are welcome to attend at no charge. Free Car Parking. https://www.hias.org.uk/meetings.htm


Tuesday 10th May Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture ****

Sixth Sam Saunders (Live Attended) Lecture - Sir Frank Whittle - 'The Genesis of Early Jet Engines' by Captain Ian Whittle FRAeS. Frank Whittle, whilst still a cadet at the Royal Air Force College, proved by calculation that the turbine had the potential to be a prime mover for aero propulsion. Following this, he went on to conclude that jet propulsion derived from the gas turbine was the most feasible way forward for higher speed aircraft. He then went on to design what we now know to have been a practical form of a turbojet. In this lecture, his son, Ian will outline the difficulties and delays that beset the introduction of the technology in the UK. Ian will also outline parallel developments in Germany and the USA. 19:300. Lectures are now held at the Westminster Theatre, Farnborough College of Technology, Boundary Road, Farnborough, GU14 6SB. The Westminster Theatre is in the UCF Study Centre building close to the main entrance in Boundary Road. Contact jo.davies+AT+raes-volunteer.org.


Wednesday 11th May Warsash - RINA & IMarEST Southern Joint Branch Visit

Technical Visit to Warsash Maritime Simulation Centre (Solent University). Ever wondered what it would be like to be the Master of a ship? Well here's your chance. The Southern Joint Branch have arranged a technical visit to Warsash Maritime Simulation Centre which is the UK's largest ship and port simulation centre. You'll get the opportunity to try out their new world-class facilities which have recently been upgraded as part of Solent University's £43 million investment in maritime training facilities. From 18:00. Open to non-members. Book on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-visit-to-warsash-maritime-simulation-centre-solent-university-tickets-320521617787?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Friday 13th May Lyndhurst - New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
禅arrant Rushton -by Peter Scriven. RAF Tarrant Rushton was a Royal Air Force station near the village of Tarrant Rushton east of Blandford Forum from 1943 to 1947. It was used for glider operations during World War II and later revived for civilian operations. Flight Refuelling Ltd arrived in June 1948 to begin 30 years of occupancy. In the 1970s Flight Refuelling left the airfield and flying operations moved to Hurn. After that, it was only used by gliders and occasionally by light aircraft until it was officially closed on 30 September 1980. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors 」4 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson:


Saturday 14th May Burlesdon - The Brickworks Museum

Bricks, Beer and Buses – The Brickworks’ Beer Festival. 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The Brickworks Swanwick Lane, Bursledon. https://thebrickworksmuseum.org/events/

Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th May Beaulieu - Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

The Spring Autojumble is BACK for 2022! Whether you are seeking an elusive part for your historic vehicle project, or simply in need of a terrific motoring-themed day out, then mark May 14 and 15 in your diary! https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/spring-autojumble/?fbclid=IwAR1aBUsHfY7N5DQ5xkr_cg2CKyeuzJseZK6pcuT7hQzoiN0hwX_3Wj2tIgo

Tuesday 17th May Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Returning a UK-built Mosquito to our Skies. Presented by Alan Pickford. The talk will cover the genesis of the DH98 Mosquito with the focus on the manufacturing methods and operational history. Alan will also talk about the charity ‘The People’s Mosquito’, of which he is a director and trustee, and the project to build a Mosquito and return it to the skies. 1900 in the Conference Room, Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield. Non-members and members whose email address is not known to BDAC who wish to join a presentation need to register securely with BDAC via the website. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/

Tuesday 17th May Middle Wallop - Museum of Army Flying Lockdown Lecture Event

Join us on 7pm for a joint lecture partnership with The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, when Jon Wort will uncover the fascinating story of the Battle of Maiwand and describe the actions of some of the individuals who were awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8FB.   


Thursday 19th May Gosport - Britten-Norman Hangar Tour

Britten-Norman is pleased to announce that we are once again opening our doors to the public. Come and have an exclusive insight into our operations at Solent Airport, Daedalus. ​Join Britten-Norman for a hangar tour! ​Tours will be taking place throughout the day on Thursday 19th May 2022. ​Limited availability, book your place now to avoid disappointment.​ Link to book-> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../britten-norman-hangar...


Thursday 19th May Weybridge - Brooklands Museum Evening Talk

Absurd: A Saharan Adventure. Back in 2017, Keith Futcher, a 70-year-old living in  Malaysia saw an image in a glossy magazine that sent his heart racing.  Determined to recreate the photograph, Keith persuaded two other seniors, quickly growing to four,  that a journey on heritage motorcycles across the Sahara was a wonderfully  absurd  notion.   This event will be in person in the Clubhouse and broadcast on BM.tv Livestream. The  Bar will be open from 6pm and hot food will be available. Parking on-site via the Brooklands Road Campbell Gate.   Time 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Members £4.00  Non Members £8.00.   To book your tickets click the book links in the ticket information block on the website or  email  talks+AT+brooklandsmembers.co.uk


Saturday 21st May Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) 9th Aerobilia

Sale of Aviation and militaria items (aircraft parts, instruments, kits, models, books, uniforms you name it). Stalls holder access from 06:30 and Earlybirds access from 08:30. ·  The public allowed access from 10:00am at our normal entry prices. Earlybird tickets are available in advance and on the day and cost £10 including entrance to the museum. Internal and external stalls available. Stalls must be paid for in advance, payment is non-refundable, and includes entrance for two.   10:00-15:00. Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury SP4 6DZ. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/


Monday 23rd May Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) by Tim Prince. Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) chief executive Tim Prince stood down in 2014 after piloting the show for 42 years.   RIAT was first organised by a group of air traffickers in 1971 and has grown over the following four decades. In 2003 Guinness World Records recognised it as the largest military airshow in the world. All welcome. 19:00 for 19:30 start. Chichester Park Hotel, behind Sainsbury痴 on the Chichester By-pass. Entrance fee to each meeting members 」5/non-members 」7. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email info+AT+airaces.org.uk.

Thursday 26th May Eastleigh - Solent Aviation Society Meeting

TBC.   Meetings 7:30pm for 8:00pm start. All our meetings, except December, are on the last Thursday of the month. Entrance fee of 」1 (to help cover costs). The Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh.   Contact graham.spiller2+AT+ntlworld.com


Sunday 29th May Burlesdon - The Brickworks Museum

Craft Fair and Fun Dog Show. Bring the family, bring the dog and join us for our annual early summer craft fair and dog show. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Brickworks Swanwick Lane, Bursledon. https://thebrickworksmuseum.org/events/



Saturday 3rd September Salisbury - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Theme Day

BDAC THEME DAY RECORD BREAKERS - British Aircraft World Speed Records. Record breakers present - Meteor: Roger Beazley, (Experimental Test Pilot) Hunter: Tony Dyer, (Flight Test Engineer) Swift: Nigel Walpole, (Swift Pilot and Author) Fairey Delta 2: Norman Parker, (FD2 Engineer) with John Weller, (RAF Navigator) EE P1A/B Lightning: Tony Wilson, (Aeronautical Engineer and Author) with Mike Bettell, (Lightning Pilot) Opens 0930 until 1630 Hangar 1 South Old Sarum Airfield Salisbury SP4 6DZ. Coffee/Tea plus Buffet Lunch and aircraft cockpits available to climb into TICKETS 」25 per person all-inclusive available in advance from BDAC Shop, 01722 323636 or email hugh.sillett48+AT+btinternet.com and for talk information: talks+AT+btinternet.com

Southampton Model Aeroplane Club

Events list courtesy Adrian Thomson. Please contact the event organiser for any queries and to check event details before a journey. Email addresses have +AT+ instead of @. **** indicates CPD acceptable