Our quest for new and different places to visit with a toddler has brought us to Sherburn-in-Elmet Airfield. A small airfield on the outskirts of Leeds, it is one of the largest flying clubs in the country.
Sadly our trip didn’t include a flight in an aircraft (given little M is still overcoming his fear of the hairdryer :/) but it did include a fantastic meal, warm drinks and a long outdoor playtime. Oh and it also has fantastic light aircraft buzzing around for Little M to look at and ask questions (“what dat daddy”).
The staff have always been extremely friendly and welcoming when we have attended the airfield. Little M always enjoys playing outside on the climbing frame which is in the shape of a plane before relaxing on the picnic benches watching the aviation activities as pilots run their tests or taxi to the runway for takeoff. Usually at this point Mrs M and I quiz eachother on how far away New York or The North Pole are from Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Food and Drinks are available in ‘Digbys’ – Sherburn Aero Club’s licensed restaurant and bar. The daytime menu has slightly limited options if you are looking for the full dining experience however, it is exactly what you would expect from a ‘clubhouse’ and is perfect for our toddler day trip (We had a jacket potato and beans).
With the play area and ‘spot the aeroplane’ game, we have found a couple of hours works well for Little M and still provides Mrs M and myself time for a drink and a break. We have also taken plane related activity books with us on wintery days where we have just dropped in for a quick visit.
If anyone has any tips on the busiest times and best weather conditions to view flight activity do add it below.
Planes, Toddlers & Sustenance
Perfect for a pre-lunch visit, with outdoor play area, food, drinks and aeroplanes!
The welcoming atmosphere, views of the aircraft and low priced food makes Sherburn-in-Elmet Airfield a great regular visiting spot for parents and toddlers alike.