After a number of successful previous years at Tilbury Fort, we were dealt a severe blow, when, due to the declining condition of the Tilbury Fort site, English Heritage
were unable to allow us to continue to host our show there. After a short period of moving venues we held our first small scale Essex MVT area show at Damyns Hall
with just a dozen vehicles in 2006.
The show has gained in popularity and size, growing to a three day public event which now plays host to over 300
vehicles with in excess of 15000 visitors. This gives us the opportunity to show the public our vehicles and what we do for our community.
Money raised from the show goes to support a number of organisations such as those who work with ex-service personnel. We also have the added advantage of our show site being an airfield, which means we can feature full flying displays with guest aircraft such as the 'Sally B' and The 'Battle of Britain Memorial Flight'.
Towards the end of 2013 we were told that the MVT could not continue to support the show due to internal financial reasons, therefore it was suggested we run it as a separate organisation.To secure the future and success of further shows, a new independent Charity was formed early in 2014. Due to massive amount of work involved in getting started up again, we decided that at least for 2014 we would go back to making the show a 2 day event, giving our show team some more time.
Most of the work for this event is done by our members (and their partners who often get roped in) who volunteer their time to make it a great family day out. There is free evening entertainment given to exhibitors in our bar area. You can be added to our show e-newsletter here: subscribe to our e-newsletter
For 2017 we find ourselves moving yet again to a great new location. The maritime town of Maldon and the surrounding area is a picturesque and historic area, with a rich and important military history, it has seen more than its fair share of conflict throughout the ages, including the Roman, Viking and Dane eras. Famously, the Battle of Maldon in 991 CE occurred during the reign of Æthelred the Unready. In WW1, motor torpedo boats were based at Osea Island - the connecting causeway of which is near our show ground. During WW2, the area around Maldon saw many small ships used to assist in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, and later on these boats were also used in the D-Day invasion. Maldon and the surrounding area is also home to serveral military museums as well as WW1 and WW2 airfields.
This rural setting adds to our displays, with the woods, grass and lakes enhancing scenes from D-Day holding camps through to Operation Goodwood.
You can also visit our show website at: www.militaryandflyingmachines.org.uk