Festival of Flight takes off at Yeovil Library

The local aviation industry will be on board this weekend when the science and history of flight are celebrated at Yeovil Library.

The Festival of Flight on Saturday, 16 March, takes place during British Science Week at the Somerset County Council library. The inspiring, free event will cover everything from the humble paper plane to the mighty Concorde, with talks, workshops and activities for all ages.

For children and families, there’s a hands-on encounter with authentic Aircrew Artefacts where you can try on uniforms and Fleet Air Arm staff and volunteers will answer any questions you may have.

Throughout the day there will be a paper plane making workshop culminating with a flying competition, you can try your hand at piloting a drone in the library drone challenge course, or take a virtual reality tour of the International Space Station. Exhibits will also be on display, including model aircraft that chart the history of aviation.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet member with responsibilities for libraries, said: “I’m so pleased Somerset Libraries can be part of British Science Week by hosting this an exciting free event. It’s a great example of the range of events that our libraries provide and I hope plenty of people come along and get involved.

“Aviation, and helicopters in particular, is in the Yeovil DNA and it’s a real bonus to have the involvement of local companies and organisations such as Leonardo Helicopters and RNAS Yeovilton.”


Organisations involved in bringing this event to life include Leonardo Helicopters, Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Royal Aeronautical Society, Yeovil’s Secret Museum, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.


Joseph, curator of Yeovil’s Secret Museum, will be presenting an interactive family talk on the connection between Yeovil and the helicopter speed record and soldiers of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who are currently working on helicopters at RNAS Yeovilton will also be giving a presentation.

Lectures throughout the day from The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Fleet Air Arm museum include:

  • “Horseless Carriage to Helicopter via Low Earth Orbit, a history of Westlands through their products”
  • “History of British Naval Aviation”
  • “Concorde at 50” and “Technical advances in British Naval Aviation and the implications to modern day flight”.

For the full program and any updates please visit the Yeovil library Facebook page or www.somersetlibraries.co.uk