Take your wings and fly down to Woburn for vintage rally

An aerial view of last year's event
An aerial view of last year's event

One of the most popular aviation heritage events on the summer calendar comes to Woburn Abbey this weekend.

The International Moth Rally is organised by the de Havilland Moth Club. Over 100 historic aircraft will be visiting the event, which is the largest gathering of vintage aircraft in the UK, and possibly Europe.

The historic parklands of Woburn Abbey first played host to Moth Club aircraft in 1980 and that modest low-profile event evolved into what has become known throughout the world’s vintage aviation movement as special and unique.

The aircraft operate from a specially prepared grass strip in the Deer Park, once part of a wartime runway onto which RAF Stirling and Lancaster bombers were flown for dispersal amongst the ancient oak trees.

Apart from the year 2001 when the Deer Park was closed due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, the International Moth Rally, an event now known in vintage aviation circles around the world simply as “Woburn”, was held annually until 2007.

After a break of six years, the International Moth Rally returned to Woburn in 2013.

Tickets cost £15 per person on Saturday and £20 per person on Sunday.

See http://www.mothsatwoburn.co.uk for more.