Duxford Premium membership

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

The enclosure has no tiering and has rows of chairs

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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:

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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!

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

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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.

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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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Post by tomward »

Hi I’m new here, another immigrant from the key forum.

I’ve been considering membership too. Is it worth getting joint membership for my wife and I, or if I have single can I buy two discount tickets and Invite her into the members enclosure on show days?

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I believe at the last show no guests were aloud in however not 100% on that as i over heard that conversation
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When run by 'Friends of Duxford' members could bring in one guest. Now, under IWM ownership/management no guests are allowed. I asked about the change at one of the 2019 shows and was told "all the room is needed for members".

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MingtheMerciless wrote:When run by 'Friends of Duxford' members could bring in one guest. Now, under IWM ownership/management no guests are allowed. I asked about the change at one of the 2019 shows and was told "all the room is needed for members".

last year you could pay a one off fee to bring them into the tent. this year you couldn't even do that.

i get my moneys worth out of the membership. i live local so go there a lot particularly in the summer and the discount on the shows etc.

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You can also get free access to Duxford on non show days with Sally B membership, OK you don't get the show discount but at £40 compared to £55 you could argue it's similar value and if anything a more worthy and needed cause.

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jalfrezi wrote:You can also get free access to Duxford on non show days with Sally B membership, OK you don't get the show discount but at £40 compared to £55 you could argue it's similar value and if anything a more worthy and needed cause.

If you think Sally B membership is too much, then Catalina membership is £20 for an adult, or £25 for a family. Only valid on non-airshow days as well, obviously.

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I assume the Sally B and Catalina memberships are valid on Showcase Days as they are not classed as airshows? Do they also give access to the onsite parking on those days?

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Aquarious wrote:I assume the Sally B and Catalina memberships are valid on Showcase Days as they are not classed as airshows? Do they also give access to the onsite parking on those days?

no membership guarantees you parking. showcase days are included in Duxford's membership. not sure about the operator's memberships.

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