Bletchley Park opens doors

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Bletchley Park, home in the UK to the codebreakers of World War Two, has launched its 2009 programme.

Bletchley Park's 2009 programme includes a range of events to suit everyone, from grown ups and children, to World War Two re–enactors, plane spotters and bus fanatics. There will be a number of breathtaking flypasts by Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast squadron and many highlights, including the arrival of the Antiques Road Show in July and the largest–ever gathering of Enigma machines ever seen at Bletchley Park during the annual Enigma weekend in September. The year gets underway on Monday 13 April, with the traditional Easter Eggstravaganza when the whole family can take part in the Easter Egg Trail, craft activities and games. Re–enactors will bring to life wartime Britain during the colourful and entertaining 1940s Family Festival on Monday 25 May and the day will include the first of many Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) flypasts, with a Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire. The annual Classic Car and Motorbike Picnic returns on Sunday 28 June. One of the main highlights of the year will be the arrival of the BBC's Antiques Road Show on Sunday 12 July. Series editor of the UK television programme, Simon Shaw said: "The team are all looking forward to visiting historic Bletchley Park. It's always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. We regularly see between 1, 500 and 2, 000 visitors on the day but despite the high turnout, everyone will get to see an expert. " The day will also include a BBMF flypast by a Hurricane and Spitfire. The annual Polish Day on Sunday 19 July will celebrate the contribution made by Polish codebreakers, who 70 years ago, risked their lives to bring vital information about the German Enigma machine to Britain. This provided British codebreakers with the foundations that enabled them to conquer odds of 158m, million, million to break the Enigma codes. Celebrating vintage and military wirelesses and their role intercepting top secret German transmissions, the Wireless Waves event makes a welcome return on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August. Sharing its 70th anniversary with the arrival of the codebreakers, the Bedford Bus, which would have been a common site at the Park during the war, will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records on Sunday 16 August, with the largest ever gathering of this classic bus in one place. There will also be a Lancaster flypast, courtesy of the BBMF. Bringing a close to the year's events on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, will be a unique display of Enigma machines and Cypher equipment–the largest ever seen together in one place and many never before seen in public. The display coincides with the annual Enigma reunion weekend, during which visitors can mix with and meet men and women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war. The BBMF will again carry out a Lancaster flypast in tribute. All these events are included in the price of Bletchley Park's annual £10 season ticket.

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