Coming soon Event National Museum of Flight

Survival School

24 Aug - 25 Aug 2019

Free with museum admission

Pilots have always run the risk of being stranded in the wilderness. Discover some of the bushcraft skills they learn to increase their chances of survival at this hands-on family event.

Join our team of survival specialists to find out about safe fire lighting and setting up camp, investigate real RAF survival tools, pick up fishing tips and create your own survival device to take home. Activities include:

Backwoods Survival School

Explore the Backwoods Survival School's three camp areas: ancient which includes a skin shelter, hunting tools, hide clothing, and a skin kayak; a military style camp; and a modern bushcraft “leave no trace” style of camp.


The local expert Treeditions will be on hand to teach you about fire lighting and water purification.

Paracord Bracelets

Create your own colourful bracelet out of paracord*, so that you’ll always have a key component of your survival shelter on hand!

Escape and Evasion Object Handling

Join our aviation curator to get hands-on with real RAF survival tools and find out how they were used, from parachute silk maps to escape boots. Could you cut the bars of your cell with your shoelaces?

Survival Shorts

Short talk, touch and try sessions on a range of bushcraft topics including camouflage, fishing and shelter making.


Share your highlights on social media.

*Paracord is a lightweight synthetic rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes

Museum admission

Free with museum admission

Members free
Adults £12.50
Concession £10.50*
Child (5-15) £7.50 (under 5 free) 
Family £33 (2 adults and 2 children)

* 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

Getting here

National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield
East Lothian
EH39 5LF


Map and directions.


The site is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge.


Our land train, the Airfield Explorer, provides accessible transport between the hangars.


The hangars have ramped access, however, due to the historic nature of our collection some of the aircraft, including Concorde, are not accessible to everyone.


Adapted toilets are available.


Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.


You can find more access information here.

Our free events programme is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Header image: Learning survival skills when stranded in the wilderness © Andy Catlin.

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