RAF Kenley - Archaeology Open Day and Guided Tour

Alongside this year’s community archaeology dig, we will be running a FREE open day and tour, so come and see our excavations and our finds!

We will be joined by Historic England’s Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Dr Jane Sidell, who will be able to tell you more about the importance of archaeology and military architecture at Kenley.

We will be running tours at 10:30am and 1pm. Both tours will run for around 45 minutes from Bunker Bank (close to the Officers’ Mess) to the north end of the airfield (just past the end of the long runway). On the 10:30am tour ONLY, you will have the option to continue round the airfield on a guided tour, this option will not be available on the 1pm tour. The extended tour will take around 2 hours to complete.

**Please note, the 10:30am tour is now sold out, however there are still places on the 1pm tour**

The open day is free to attend. Places on the tours are FREE but limited, so please book a ticket using the link below.

Get your free tickets

The event is outdoors and therefore please wear suitable clothing. Surfaces may be uneven and slippery. The route will be a mixture of surfaced path and grass and therefore suitable footwear is also essential. Please remember sun protection in the Summer months.

The length of the full route is approx. 2 miles.

There is no parking available onsite and we would encourage you to travel by public transport (details can be found here). Whyteleafe Station is the closest to the archaeological site, around a 15 minute walk up a steep hill. Limited parking is available on Hayes Lane, which will be around a 30 minute walk from the archaeological site. Pedestrian access to the site is also available via Victor Beamish Avenue, please not parking in Victor Beamish Avenue is not permitted.

There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available.

Always remember that Kenley is an active airfield for gliders, so for your safety remain outside of the wooden fence at all times.

Meeting point will be at the blast pen on the airfield closest to Bunker Bank. If you are unfamiliar with the airfield, please follow signs around the airfield on the day.

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