About Hooton Park Trust
Wirral Amateur Radio Society (WARS) operate from a unique ex-RAF Air Base at Hooton Park, previously home to the 610 Squadron.
The Hooton Park Trust (HPT) was established in the year 2000, with the noble goal of overseeing and managing the restoration of the remaining WW1 hangars located on the former RAF airfield at Hooton Park, Cheshire. Their ultimate aim is to provide a multifunctional site, while restoring the buildings and the site itself as valuable historic artefacts in their own right.
The iconic hangars, which are still standing to this day, dominate the landscape, alongside the original access roads, taxiways, and numerous outbuildings and offices that all have their own unique stories to tell. Hooton Park airfield has an illustrious history, with a wide range of aircraft types having operated from there. From Austers of the Army Air Training Corps to classic jets such as Gloster Meteors, De Havilland Vampires, Venoms, and much more.
There are numerous exciting projects currently underway at Hooton Park, with associated groups and individuals working tirelessly on their own restoration projects. The Aeroplane Collections current projects include a Parker CA-4, a Miles Gemini, and a Miles Messenger. Hooton Park is also home to Griffin Trusts varied collection of classic commercial vehicles, which include Austin, Dodge, and Thames Trader.
Thanks to the hard work and support of volunteers and associated groups, including the generous assistance of Vauxhall Motors, The Hooton Park Trust has made significant progress towards achieving its goal of making this former RAF airfield come alive once again.
Located just off the M53 motorway (Junction 6), very close to the "Cheshire Oaks" shopping complex in Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool, getting to Hooton Park couldn't be easier. You can also visit nearby attractions such as The Boat Museum and the world-famous Beatles museum in Liverpool itself. Check out the Events page for details of open days or other exciting things happening at Hooton Park in the near future.
In summary, Hooton Park is an exciting project that not only preserves the heritage of the site and its buildings but also provides a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the history of aviation and commercial vehicles in the UK. So, make sure you add Hooton Park to your list of must-visit places, and witness the ongoing restoration work that is bringing this iconic site back to life.
More information about HPT can be found on their website