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Duxford Premium membership

Mon 09 Sep 2019, 9:23 am

Might be interested in this particularly for the benefits of on site parking and enclosure on air show days
Can anyone share their experiences of these two aspects.
Also what is photography like from there - I presume there is tiering in the enclosure and no standing.
TIA for any comments

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Mon 09 Sep 2019, 10:15 am

AFAIK there is no preferential on-site parking for premium members

The enclosure has no tiering and has rows of chairs

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Mon 09 Sep 2019, 10:30 am

The main benefits for me are free entry on non-airshow days and discounted airshow tickets.

There is no preferential parking and the air show enclosure alone certainly wouldn't justify membership, especially since the cafe became a commercial operation.

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Mon 09 Sep 2019, 3:21 pm

Not sure where I got the "on site parking for air shows " from - thought I read it on the IWM website but cant find any reference to it now.
Thanks for replies

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Mon 09 Sep 2019, 3:23 pm

Not sure where I got the "on site parking for air shows " from - thought I read it on the IWM website but cant find any reference to it now.
Thanks for replies

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Tue 10 Sep 2019, 9:58 am

As we have a thread on the subject, has anyone else here renewed IWM membership recently?

I renewed Joint Premium Membership in July and have still not received new membership cards. I have asked about this a couple of times when onsite at Duxford and been told that the delay is because they have 'run out of cards'.

Pretty poor for a supposedly premium product.

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Wed 11 Sep 2019, 8:11 am

I have Premium membership and I originally had trouble getting my discount on my Sunday tickets. I went to the correct ‘members area’ to book tickets and it was charging me £35 which didn’t sound like much of a discount . I dug out the Flying Legends email which had a link which took me to the correct place and a £28 ticket.
Be warned if you are a Premium Member.

I was annoyed to find the Saturday parking permits had sold out as this was my weather back up :roll:

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Wed 11 Sep 2019, 12:34 pm

DaveBr wrote:As we have a thread on the subject, has anyone else here renewed IWM membership recently?

I renewed Joint Premium Membership in July and have still not received new membership cards. I have asked about this a couple of times when onsite at Duxford and been told that the delay is because they have 'run out of cards'.

Pretty poor for a supposedly premium product.


I received mine in the post today, and this is after renewing in July!!

I did email them asking why it’s taking so long, and their excuse was ‘due to high demand’ :roll:

Never had this trouble when DX looked after membership!

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 8:53 am

Got my cards yesterday too. Glad I won't have to faff about showing the renewal email next weekend...

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 4:29 pm

Mike wrote:AFAIK there is no preferential on-site parking for premium members

The enclosure has no tiering and has rows of chairs


As Mike says, there are chairs provided on the concrete, with space behind if you choose to bring your own chairs. No standing is permitted in the seating area during the flying display.

If you choose to remain on the grass area in front of the marquee, you are not permitted to use seats, so you must stand or sit on the grass.

The rules are enforced in a rather hit and miss fashion by the contract security staff. (Don't start me on how Premium Membership is far inferior to its predecessor, Friends of Duxford....)

As others have said, there is no preferential parking for Premium Members.

Re: Duxford Premium membership

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 6:56 pm

Alpha Delta 210 wrote:
Mike wrote:AFAIK there is no preferential on-site parking for premium members

The enclosure has no tiering and has rows of chairs


If you choose to remain on the grass area in front of the marquee, you are not permitted to use seats, so you must stand or sit on the grass.

The rules are enforced in a rather hit and miss fashion by the contract security staff.

This seems to be a recent "innovation" as a couple of years ago there were tables and chairs provided on the grass area. As for the security staff enforcing the "rules", in my experience last year he/they were very surly as though dealing with naughty school children to anyone putting their picnic chairs on the grass !
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