A FAMOUS First World War aerodrome is set to reopen to visitors for the first time in almost five months.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, in Maldon, will reopen on Sunday after being listed on Visit England’s Good to Go site.

In preparation for reopening the aerodrome has been assessed and awarded an industry standard certificate in partnership with the National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which recognises aerodrome bosses are following industry guidelines.

To mark reopening, there will be a special partnership event run in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Europe’s largest air museum.

High-flying dual displays will take place at both airfields from 2pm on Wednesday.

Ian Flint, chief executive of Stow Maries Aerodrome, said: “Like many in the heritage community if it had not have been for the huge support from national funders we really don’t know if we would have made it back to opening.

“The team has work really hard throughout lockdown to keep us going and now its time for everyone, volunteers, visitors and staff to help us get back to fighting fit.

“We look forward to seeing you all on site soon.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch two hours of sports and racing planes take to the skies and there is also an opportunity to see the ‘Thank You NHS Spitfire’ in action.

Following on from the reopening event, the airfield will also be hosting its signature Wings and Wheels event on Sunday, September 6.

More than 130 classic vehicles are already booked for the day and there will be a visit from an original Hawker Hurricane plane to celebrate 80 years since the last one landed at the aerodrome.

The attraction’s Large Model Air Show will will also take place on September 19 and 20 and the Stow at War living history event takes place on October 3 and 4.

The site will also be open to visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until further notice.

All tickets must be purchased online before attending the venue by visiting stowmaries.org.