Do you happen to be a Caravan Club Member and Military Aircraft Fan? Well Dakota Park is for you. Located on the B1192 just outside Coningsby the Caravan Park offers the perfect pitch to watch Typhoons, Hurricanes, Spitfires, Dakota and Lancaster Practice Displays in addition to whatever happens to be flying in and out of Coningsby operationally.
RAF Coningsby is simply the best place for RAF Fast Jets that you get, four Squadrons fly the RAF Typhoon from RAF Coningsby and one also flies the now lesser spotted RAF Tornado. It is one of two Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) stations in the country where you could catch site of a pair of fully armed typhoons fire up their afterburners to get airborne as quickly as possible. There is also plenty of nostalgia as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is based there and they fly Chipmunks, Hurricanes, Spirtfires, a Dakota and one of the only two flying Lancsasters in the world (a visit to Canada is required to see the other one.)
Dakota Park is obviously named after the multi engine workhorse of the BBMF and The Caravan Club certified location has five pitches also named after iconic aircraft, these being Lancaster, Chipmunk, Typhoon, Spitfire and Vulcan. Facilities do include electric hook ups for the price of just £13 a night all year round. RAF Coningsby is famous in “Plane Spotting” circles for “the mound,” a raised section of land for photographers to get above fence lines, trees, cars and other obstructions, so the site owners have even made their own 10ft high mound for visiting photographers and spotters alike. This time of the year is probably the best time you could visit, as alongside year-round operational flying, the BBMF & Typhoon Display Teams are practising their displays before the Summer Airshow Season. It’s only in the warmer months where you can see the BBMF flying, so it’s been a priority for me to get this article about Dakota Park ready and published during this window.
This is the first year the Caravan site has been open but from what I can gather staff/owners are warm and friendly all 9 Facebook reviews that have been submitted so have been the top score of 5 Stars.
If you would like to do more than just watch the flying during your stay there is plenty to do, you could continue the aviation theme by visiting the BBMF Visitors Centre and maybe partake in a Hangar Tour, also you could visit the Lancaster of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby. There is a tour of similar sites you can visit around Lincolnshire, or rather “Bomber County” as it is full of World War II bases steeped in rich history. There is also plenty to do if you want to give aviation a rest for a while during your trip, as you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside Lincolnshire has to offer, as well as numerous National Trust & English Heritage Sites such as the nearby Tattershall Castle. You will remain well fed with a large choice of Country Pubs with home cooked food, Cafes, Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurants. The site is close-by to Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Boston and Lincoln for some exciting shopping trips and sight seeing as well. The site even welcomes well behaved children & dogs so the whole family can enjoy the visit.
I should assure you that I am writing impartially about Dakota Park, I don’t know the owners or staff and benefit in no way from any increased trade. I was not asked to publish anything about them and I contacted them after hearing some good reports and saw the effort they were going to encourage visitors with aviation interests. I honestly think it looks like a great place for people in The Caravan Club who have an interest in aviation or photography. There is also a Holiday Cottage in the pipeline at Dakota Park so soon you won’t need a Caravan to visit, I hope to bring news of this when it becomes available.
The best way to get in touch with Dakota Park is over Facebook, their page is “Dakota Park Certified Location Caravan Site Coningsby” and there is a phone number on the end of that title you can use to get in touch. Their Facebook page is full of information as well as pictures & videos of aircraft flying around the site to give you an idea of what to expect. If you are Caravan Club Member you can login to the Caravan Club website and you will find Dakota Park Listed.