Dambusters Anniversary Flight


16 May 2018, Upper Derwent Valley

UPDATE: 10:00am, 16 May 2018

PLEASE NOTE: The RAF and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have confirmed on 16 May 2018 that the Lancaster aircraft will no longer take part in the scheduled flypast due to wind conditions. The route will instead be flown by an RAF 29 Sqn Typhoon jet.

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force and the 75th Anniversary of the 617 Squadron ‘Dambusters’ operation, the Peak District National Park, Severn Trent Water and Derbyshire County Council will once again welcome the sight of an RAF Lancaster bomber over the Upper Derwent Valley.

Organised by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the aircraft will make two passes of the valley over the Derwent Dam starting at 12.05pm.

To ensure everyone can witness this historic occasion enjoyably and safely, please read all the information below before planning your visit.

We strongly recommend leaving plenty of time for your journey and to allow yourself to reach your desired viewing location. Expect traffic queues and travel delays in the area.

Mobile phone reception can be poor or non-existent in this area.

Use of drones at this event

Please be aware there will be a strict NO DRONE policy enforced during the event. Unauthorised UAVs or drones may cause the BBMF to cancel the event. For further information on drone use in the National Park visit our drone webpage.

Weather, postponement and cancellation

The event is subject to cancellation due to weather or safety concerns, including at short notice. There will not be an alternative date if the event is cancelled.

Please consider that this area is within the upland landscape of the Peak District National Park, and weather conditions can change quickly, regardless of the time of year. Suitable footwear and clothing for a range of conditions will allow you to enjoy the event safely.

Parking and public transport

Unless you have special access needs, we strongly recommend travelling to the Upper Derwent Valley by public transport or car share, as parking availability will be limited. You may find the following information helpful:

  • Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis only
  • Derwent Lane will be closed to general traffic, with one side allocated for parking
  • Once parking capacity is reached, Derwent Lane will be closed to all non-emergency vehicles
  • Heatherdene Car Park will be reserved for emergency vehicles and not available for public parking
  • Areas around Ladybower will be subject to additional traffic restrictions
  • There is no overnight parking

Police officers will be enforcing the above restrictions.

Bus information from Sheffield is available from the Travel South Yorkshire website.

The nearest railway station is in Bamford. Walking distance to Ladybower Dam is approximately 2 miles, and to Derwent Dam/Fairholmes, 5 miles.

Disabled Parking

The Fairholmes Car Park will be allocated to disabled parking only.


By prior arrangement only with Severn Trent Water.

Alternative viewing locations

The flight path will also take in a route to Derby, including passing over Chatsworth.

Press and media

Press and media vehicles will be directed by staff to a dedicated area at Derwent Dam.

For all media enquiries contact Severn Trent Water on 02477 715640 or email

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