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World War 2 gunnery is gem in RAF history

Langham Dome is a small but perfectly formed museum inside a WW2 anti-aircraft gunnery training dome in the middle of what was Langham airfield at Cockthorpe, just three miles from Blakeney.

There is a set of information boards on the picnic tables outside the museum recounting the history of the airfield, the men and women stationed there and what they did during the Second World War. There are also recordings which provide a realistic atmosphere of what the airfield would have sounded like at the time.

The museum opens for the season on April 4, 2019 which means you can then go inside and see and try your hand at shooting the targets. This was how airmen were trained to shoot down enemy aircraft.

But the site is well worth a visit even if the museum is closed. And it is a great spot in quiet countryside for a picnic.

Diary date: Langham Reunion and Dome Heritage Day on June 1 when it is hoped the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight may take a bow overhead.

The Langham Dome charity is also raising money for its Spitfire appeal to strengthen a full size replica aircraft to withstand Norfolk’s winter and gales. The replica is to be mounted outside the museum.

You will find the museum by driving out of Blakeney into Langham and then taking the turn for Cockthorpe and Stiffkey. Post code is NR25 7BP. It's an easy cycle ride too.

The recently refurbished Bluebell pub in Langham is rapidly attracting a good reputation for food.

Langham Dome and information boards giving details in sound and words of the airfield and gunnery's past
Langham Dome is a piece of RAF history tucked away in quiet Norfolk pastures

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