Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve near Cricklade will be celebrating its war time history this weekend with a Festival of Flight.
In World War 2 Dakotas took off from Blakehill carrying troops and equipment to the battlefields of Europe. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has, since 2000, been turning this former military airfield back into wildlife rich hay meadows.
Hundreds are expected to attend this free celebration organised by the trust’s Wild Connections team on Saturday 20 August from 11am to 4pm.
Visitors will be treated to the hugely popular War 2 Wildlife talk by Vince Povey, Blakehill’s volunteer reserve warden and RAF Blakehill Farm historian.
The stage area will host a performance of Wind in the Willows by the Flying Pizza Theatre Company and 1940s tribute duo The Mellor Sisters will provide a ‘We’ll Meet Again’ flavour to the day.
For those that want to see a different view of the reserve there will be a tethered hot air balloon to look down from. Children will be able to make puppets, kites and join in a raft of games and activities in the activities marquee.