Compton Events 2017

There is always plenty going at Compton when the weather is good - even if there is no event planned. Admission is free to everyone, everyday! Please get in touch if you would like to hold an event with us, or arrange a 'Fly-In'. We often have weather back up days so keep an eye on here for updated dates. 

Big Breakfast Fly In
Saturday 16th September 2017

Due to demand we are, for one day only, having a fly in dedicated to the Compton Breakfasts that our pilots fly in from far and wide for. We’ll have a selection of breakfast items revolving round our lovely local butchers produce – available from 0930 until 1430. The weather back up date is the 17th September.

Pilots: Everyone welcome throughout the day with a free landing on us.


Christmas Fly In
Saturday 2nd December 2017

Our Compton Christmas Fly In’s are a great chance to squeeze a visit in before we close for a few days over the festive break. Enjoy watching the variety of aircraft that fly in (maybe even go for a flight yourself!) – all washed down with a mulled wine and mince pie! The weather back up date is the 3rd December.

Pilots: If you fly in with some festive attire on (the more extravagant the better – 2016’s event saw five Santas) then we will treat you to a free landing. 


Trip to Toulouse
Sunday 5th February 2017 - Tuesday 7th February 2017

Toulouse, France. The destination for our first trip of the year! On the 5th February we will be beginning our adventure at the ever so exciting Heathrow Airport! I’m sure this will be filled with awful plane jokes and the judging of the pilots work. After at 1615 there will be plenty of time for our members to explore the city before getting a good night’s sleep at the Mercure Wilson.

The next day they will wake up to a lovely breakfast and then catch a bus to ‘Let’s Visit Airbus’. They will then get a tour of the A380 assembly line, discover the “telemetry room” and watch a presentation. This will then be followed by a bus tour round the site. There will still be plenty of time to explore the city a little more before going out for a group meal.

The members will then land back on UK soil at 1810 on the 7th February with a new string of aviation knowledge added to their bow. 

Pooley's Day
Sunday 14th May 2017

Compton and Pooleys go back a good 25 years and the airfield is one of the original ‘partners’ with the popular aviation equipment supplier. It’s a great day for members of the public to come up and spectate with over 120 aircraft booked to fly in.

Pilots: Pilots who purchase goodies with Pooley’s throughout the year will be invited to the day. So if you qualify you’ll be treated to free landings and a goodie bag. You will have to PPR with Pooleys directly if you would like to come. 

All American Fly In
Saturday 17th June 2017

The arrival of our stunning T-6 Texan Warbird (also known as the Harvard), along with the rare Stinson and Travelair, prompted us to plan a day to celebrate all things American! Join us for a day where we’ll have some fantastic aircraft visit us, the Harvard will be available for ‘Experience Flights’, and the menu will feature some USA classics from hamburgers to sundaes. The weather back up date is the 18th June.

Pilots: If you have an American aircraft – enjoy a free landing with us on the 18th!

BAeA Aerobatic Competition
Friday 14th July 2017 - Saturday 15th July 2017

We’ve been host to the British Aerobatic Association for nearly 20years. Watch some of the most skilled pilots in the UK perform their routine for the judges, with all competing for the ‘Don Henry Squadron’ Trophy. Friday afternoon & Saturday all day.

Pilots: You are welcome to fly in but circuits will be to the south and there will be no overhead or dead side.

Compton's Vintage Day
Saturday 12th August 2017

Following on from our successful first ‘Vintage’ Day at Compton in 2016, we’ll be making this one bigger and better. All our fleet will be available for Experience flights throughout the day subject to availability, we’ll have a WW2 themed menu, and lots of interesting aircraft visiting us as well as a selection of vintage cars and bikes. The weather back up date is the 13th August.

Pilots: All aircraft are welcome but Vintage (pre-1970’s) will have free landings!

Update! We have three Stinson Gullwing aircraft confirmed for our Vintage Day. We think this is the first time since WW2 that three have been together at the same airfield so we are really excited to have them all here in one place.

New Years Eve & New Years Day Fly In
Saturday 31st December 2016 - Sunday 1st January 2017

*UPDATE*! Due to weather we will be extending our New Years Day Fly In to include New Years Eve as well! So there are free landings to all on the 31st December and the 1st January. 

UPDATE NUMBER TWO! Weather has stopped play for us on this event. We hope to see you all again soon with some sunshine. 

Compton was the first airfield (many years ago) to hold a "New Years day Fly In". It has now become an annual tradition and is a great excuse to dust off your flying gear and get out and about after the Christmas period. With free landings to all aircraft we'll have a selection of winter warmers on the menu for you too (and some salads for those of you that need to watch your weight and balance calculations). Our lovely local butchers sausages will be on offer for our pilots who fly in for Sausage, Egg & Chips!

Its free entry as always for those of you who come up by road. Everyone is welcome - and if its nice sunny weather there should be lots of flying activity to view! 

Christmas Fly In & Fair
Saturday 3rd December 2016

Open to all, with free entry, the venue for this years Festive Christmas Craft Fair will be Hangar 1 with the beautiful De Havilland Aircraft providing the back drop.

Our Christmas Fly In this year will see some local independent traders selling their Christmas goodies in our craft fair. We will have a range of festive goodies on the menu too; mulled wine on tap, lovely handmade treats from our local cake supplier, cinnamon coffees, and a lot more. 

We would love to see our members and our flying visitors partake in the spirit of the event. If you arrive as Father Christmas, an Angel, Elf or even better a Christmas Pudding we will in return provide you with a free landing fee. For those of you who come up on the day, whether student, solo hire or aircraft owner, there will be a prize for the best Christmas fancy dress. Compton Ops will be sure to be worse dressed with the fancy dress box already out the loft. 

We have some very different stalls this year, one of which is Chap Clothing. The brand came about when founder Harry realised there was a void in the market for high quality lifestyle clothing with a traditional feel.  Always immersed in country activities and with an existing passion for design, quality & craftsmanship you couldn’t go wrong with a Christmas purchase from Harry’s stall.

Jewellery is a must at Christmas and this year we are hoping to be joined by Helen Beardon-Hambleton who is a complete genius when it comes to making something really different. Helen takes 100 year old silver cutlery and turns into something really special. With the ornate engraving at the ends of the cutlery handles she is able to make the most amazing items of jewellery creating unique gifts. 

We will also be welcoming another new stall holder to this year’s fair and that is Aviation Artworker, Steve Walker. He record’s a persons flying careers onto rustic timber in the shape of a tail plane creating a fantastic and unusual keep sake. 

Nick Rose childrens author of the aviation books Myro Adventures will be here not only signing copies of his books for our younger aviation enthusiasts but also presenting the prize from our writing competition. We are looking forward to meeting the children who have won an Authors Visit to their school and also reading all about the adventures our Harvey Harvard has had in their creative minds.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Pooley's Air Day
Sunday 25th September 2016

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST. New date will be May 2017 with Garmin & Bose joining us too. Date to be confirmed.

Compton and Pooleys have been doing events together for nearly 30 years. For Pooley's Day at Compton, customers of the aviation equipment supplier will be invited to attend the airfield, in order to pick up a goodie bag. We can have up to 150 aircraft in on this event day so its a great one to come up and enjoy all the activity from the runway terrace. Everyone is welcome - and the event runs from 0900-1700

Vintage Fly In
Saturday 6th August 2016

Following on from last years success we'll be inviting an array of vintage aircraft to Compton and offering flights in 1930's Harvard Warbird and open cockpit Tiger Moth. We'll be donning our vintage outfits and would love you to do the same. The best dressed person of the day will get a Compton prize! 

Pilots: Please PPR online if you would like to come along. We will be giving free landings to vintage aircraft (pre 1960's) but all are welcome. The link for PPR-ing is here:

Friday 22nd July 2016 - Saturday 23rd July 2016

A long standing event held at Compton. Yes, it is on Friday and Saturday, not Sunday! More info to come.  

Air Race
Saturday 9th July 2016 - Sunday 10th July 2016

The Royal Aero Club will be holding one of their "Air Races" at Compton on this weekend. A course will take them around Dorset with marshalls on each of the four turning points to ensure that no aircraft cuts any corners - and a GPS in the aircraft will create a graph of their track and speed for the judges to see. Twenty competing aircraft will jostle for the prize of the best time according to their handicap with the finishing line being the end of the runway at the airfield. On Saturday there will be a morning practice and an afternoon race, Sunday will see a reserve practice in the morning and a lunch time race.  

American Fly In
Saturday 11th June 2016

We're really excited to hold our first American Fly In on the 11th June (with the 12th as a weather back up). Open to everyone, the event was inspired by our new toy, the beautiful Harvard pictured above. We'll have lots of lovely American aircraft flying from the Harvard to the Stinson, Travel Air and Stearman amongst others. Our Classic Compton Burger will be on the menu as well as milkshakes, brownies and sundaes to help you get in to the USA frame of mind! We are open from 0900 - 1700 and as long as the sun is shining they'll be activity going on. We look forward to seeing you all. 

Pilots: There will be free landings to all American designed and manufactured aircraft but please PPR online if you would like to fly in - so we know you are coming. The link for that is here: 

New Year's Day Fly In
Friday 1st January 2016

Compton is the original destination for the New Year’s Day Fly In – and if we are lucky enough to have good weather it can be the busiest day of the year for us, with over 100 visiting aircraft in 2014 – plenty to see for all ages and great food available too. We do this every year.

Pilots: Start the New Year by flying to one of the most beautiful airfields in the UK. With free landings it’s a great excuse to dust off your flying cobwebs (although you may have to redo your weight and balance calculations after all those mince pies) and enjoy a great day out!

We've canceled our NYD Fly In due to weather! We hope to see you all soon with some sunshine and nice clear frosty skies. Happy New Year! 

Christmas Fly In
Saturday 19th December 2015

We haven't had a Christmas Fly In before - and wondered why not - so here you are! We'll be fully in the festive swing of things on our last weekend before closing for a week. There will be locally sourced goodies on sale, yummy treats on the menu, and a free mince pie for anyone who flies in! 

The next event will be our much anticipated New Years Day Fly In on the 1st January...look forward to seeing you there...

Oh no! The weather is yucky :( so we have canceled the flying part of this event. We will still have delicious Christmassy food and some lovely local craft stalls for you to browse around so please come on up and say hi!

Pooleys Day
Sunday 20th September 2015

Its back! Compton Abbas is the original Pooley's Day location and we look forward to welcoming in lots of aircraft for 2015's event. Its a great day for spectating with over 120 aircraft due to be buzzing the skies around us. 

Pilots will need to PPR with Pooley's directly if they'd like to come. 

MACMILLAN World's biggest Coffee morning
Friday 25th September 2015

We are taking part in the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning on the 25th of September this year!

We will be providing some cakes and will be giving out free filter coffee in exchange for a donation to the charity. 

Everyone is welcome and we'd love it if you could help us by bringing up your own cake on the day to share out. 

Please email if you would be interested in baking something yummy, or volunteering on the day to help dish out the cake. 

We'll be keeping you updated over the next couple of months as we may add a few more things in for the day to make even more dosh for this fantastic charity.

Cream Tea & Vintage Fly In
Saturday 1st August 2015

A day for all things vintage! In addition to our beautiful based aircraft (Stinson, Tiger Moths, Hornet Moths, Chipmunks...) we will be inviting lots of other vintage (pre 1960) aircraft to join us on the day. We'll have our lovely Compton Cream Teas available and some old favorites on the menu too such as sticky toffee pudding & steak & ale pies. 

The Compton team will be dressed in an array of 1940's & 1950's outfits - so feel free to join in the fun! 

Pilots: If you come in with an aircraft that is vintage you will have a free landing! There will be a best dressed prize for the most original outfit too. 



Aerobatic Event
Friday 26th June 2015 - Saturday 27th June 2015

Another regular event on the Compton circuit - we are excited to welcome back the British Aerobatic Association for the Don Henry Squadron competition. Up to 15 aerobatic aircraft of different shapes and sizes (and noises) will descend upon us for flying in the afternoon on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday. 

Some of the best aerobatic pilots in the country will perform a variety of routines in front of the associations judges. We are open to non aerobatic visiting pilots too - but you will need to PPR. 

Royal Navy Historic Flight Fly In
Saturday 9th May 2015

The 9th of May will see Compton making their best efforts to raise money for the RNHF - with your help! 

The Historic Flight is a living memorial to all those who have served in the Royal Navy Air Service and Fleet Air Arm since 1909. It is an educational charity with the aim of preserving the opportunity for future generations to best understand the nature of those who built, maintained, operated and fought in Naval aircraft of the past by experiencing the reality of the sound, smell and sight of them actually flying. The promotional wagon will be here on the day too. You can find out more about them here

 - All landing fees on the day will go directly to the charity. As a result cash is preferred please pilots! 

 - Emma & Michelle will be raising money by doing a sponsored wing walk. You can sponsor them on the day or online here. There will be wing walking on the day with Aerobatic Tactics which we expect to be very popular - you can book your place in advance through Aerobatic Tactics here

- We are expecting fly pasts from the RNHF - the Swordfish, Sea Fury & Chipmunk as well as a static display from Wasp - so bring your cameras! 



New Years Day Fly In
Thursday 1st January 2015

The original destination for your New Years Day flying! We'll be open all day on the 1st January with free landings for all pilots. A great opportunity to dust the Christmas flying cobwebs off and indulge in our yummy new 2015 food! 


Christmas Craft Fairs
Saturday 29th November 2014 - Saturday 29th November 2014 at 11.00 am

We had a very successful Ladies Day in July and thought it would be a lovely idea to invite the stall holders back, with Christmas on 'final approach' a Compton Christmas Fair seems the ideal opportunity. 

We will run the craft fair over a series of Saturdays in the lead up to Christmas:
29th of November 11am-3pm
6th of December 11am-3pm
13th of December 11am-3pm

We will have a wonderful selection of affordable bespoke Christmas gifts and each Saturday the stalls will change to give you a varied range of shopping opportunities. Jewellery, cards, decorations, art, wine, cakes, beauty products and treatments are just a handful of the goodies that will be waiting for you to peruse - all with a glass of wine or a mug of our freshly brewed coffee in hand - and a piece of cake of course!

Pooley's Day
Sunday 7th September 2014

*Date change from 6th July

Compton and Pooley's go back a good 25 years, and the airfield is one of the original 'partners' with the popular aviation equipment supplier. 

Pilots who purchase goodies with Pooleys throughout the year will be invited to the day -which treats them to free landings and a goodie bag. Pilots note that you will have to PPR with Pooleys if you would like to come. 

Its a great day for members of the public to come up and spectate with over 120 aircraft booked to fly in. 

Lady Pilot Fly In
Sunday 20th July 2014

This event idea came about because Compton has an unusually high number of female pilots and staff in its midst. Lady pilots will be treated to free landings on the day. 

There will be a selection of stalls selling lots of lovely local produce from 'Compton Honey' to beautiful silver jewelry and soaps made just a few miles away by our members. These will be open to everyone including both pilots and general visitors. 

Aerobatic Competition
Friday 20th June 2014 - Saturday 21st June 2014

Compton has hosted the 'Don Henry Squadron' competition for many years now - and we always look forward to welcoming back the 'old' faces and the new for this yearly event. 

Some of the best aerobatic pilots in the country perform a variety of routines in front of the British Aerobatic Association judges. Its free entry for members of the public who benefit from great views from the terrace. Pilots - please PPR with ops. 

Have a look here for more info on the most popular spectator sport in the UK.

Round Britain Air Rally 2014
Thursday 12th June 2014

Compton has been chosen as a 'lunch' stop on the 2014 'Round Britain Air Rally'. The event starts at Leicester and ends at Duxford - with the Compton pit stop being the 12th June. We're excited to welcome up to 45 intrepid aviators - and feed them up for the last bit of the leg with some hearty Compton lunch! 

The rally is open to anyone who flies - for more information please see their website here: 

Microlight Fly In
Sunday 1st June 2014

At Compton we love Microlight pilots. Mainly because they are our biggest purchasers of the Compton Calendar! 

On the 1st June we will be treating them to free landings at the airfield. More goodies planned - watch this space. 

Italian Day
Sunday 18th May 2014

New for 2014 - we will be holding an 'Italian Day' in conjunction with 'Moto Corsa' Motorcycles located just up the road in Ashmore. Vintage and modern aircraft that are of an Italian background will be treated to free landings (PPR with Compton!). There will be lots of Italian motorbikes also coming along to the event - so a great day out with lots to see. 

There will also be an Italian slant on the menu - now we just need some Italian style weather! 

The Original New Years Day Fly In
Wednesday 1st January 2014

Compton is the original destination for the New Year’s Day Fly In – and if we are lucky enough to have good weather it can be the busiest day of the year for us with over 100 visiting aircraft – plenty to see for all ages and great food available too.

Pilots:  Start the New Year by flying to one of the most beautiful airfields in the UK. With free landings it’s a great excuse to dust off your flying cobwebs (although you may have to redo your weight and balance calculations after all those mince pies) and enjoy a great day out!

The Original New Years Day Fly In
Friday 1st January 2016

Compton was the first airfield to hold a New Years Day Fly In - and we're keeping the tradition going! With free landings to all pilots it can be one of the busiest days of the year at the airfield and a great opportunity to shrug off the Christmas cobwebs and get out and about. 

As with all the events this is free access to everyone whether flying or driving. 


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