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Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre

Preserving Lincolnshires Recent History

Opening Times and Facilities

The Centre was formerly part of No 1 Communal Site, RAF Woodhall Spa and was contructed in 1940. The buildings remaining are all 'temporary' brick structures and had a planned life span of only ten years! No 1 Site included the Officers' and Sergeants' Messes, Dining Halls, NAAFI or Institute building, together with the ration stores, latrine and ablution blocks. Only the Airmens' Dining Halls, NAFFI and Ration Store are within the Centre's boundary.

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The South Hall of the Visitor Centre houses displays covering the airfield and its environs generally, with separate areas for each of the Squadrons which operated from RAF Woodhall Spa during World War II. The displays include artefacts, memorabilia, photographs and illustrations of men, machines and operations connected with these Squadrons.

Click here for a brief history of RAF Woodhall Spa

Compared with some of the areas of Britain that suffered the worst of Hilter's Blitz, Lincolnshire could be looked upon as a quiet backwater. This was not the case and almost every family in the county was effected in one way or another by the Second World War. Lincolnshire suffered air raids on 300 days of the War; 408 persons were killed and 1233 injured. With the development of the bomber offensive and, in 1940, the threat of invasion, everyone became part of the fight on the Home Front. The various aspects of this fight are being developed on our displays.

Displays include:

Other aspects of the Home Front will be remembered, including the Home Guard, Fire Watchers, The Womens Land Army and Bomb Disposal Operations.

Opening Times and Facilities

The Visitor Centre is open to the public every Sunday and on Bank Holidays - May to September from 14.00hrs to 17.00hrs. Visits, guided tours, organised groups and school parties at other times by prior arrangement. Admission is by donation. Car parking is adequate and free.


The Visitor Centre is situated in Lincolnshire, between Coningsby and Woodhall Spa. For a map of its location please click the small map below

Location of Visitor Centre


As an entirely voluntary body the Visitor Centre is very happy to welcome new members, either out of pure interest, or with a view to giving practical assistance in the development, refurbishment and maintenance of the Centre. Please enquire for a Membership Form.

The Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre is operated by the Thorpe Camp Preservation Group, Registered Charity No 1020259 and a member of the British Aviation Preservation Council.

Registered address: Lancaster Farm, Tumby Woodside, Mareham-le-fen, Boston, Lincs, PE22 7SP.

The Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre can also be contacted by e-mailing Mike Hodgson.

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