The Flight Before Christmas 2022 - Northern Lights Sessions

Cotswold Airport, Kemble, United Kingdom

The Flight Before Christmas 2022 - Northern Lights Sessions

Cotswold Airport, Kemble, United Kingdom

What you need to know

What you need to know

Learn how Negus, the beautifully preserved British Airways jumbo jet based at Cotswold Airport helps Father Christmas save Christmas day! This is a joint collaboration between Cotswold Airport and Odin Events,

An Immersive Theatrical Grotto Production on A Jumbo Jet.
The experience will now last approximately 1 hour with added interactive elements and workshops which will further enhance this world-first experience.

This will be a fully immersive theatrical production, with each group being guided by their very own appointed elf.The magical experience will begin at our ‘Elf Control Check In’, as guests, armed with their very own boarding passes and customised ‘North Pole Passports’ (issued upon arrival) will pass through the naughty or nice security check-in, and are then seated in Premium Economy for an in-flight elf-and-safety briefing hosted by Peppermint, the mischievous Head Elf and his cabin crew. Prepare yourself for a completely wacky aircraft safety briefing with lots of theatrics, sing alongs and fun.

Upon completion of the safety briefing, your elves will guide you through the on board elf wrapping station. Here you will see elves hard at work, frantically wrapping last minute presents in preparation for Christmas Eve. Meet Fidget and Hazelnut the elves who will love to tell you how important they are within this Christmas Catastrophe (be careful, they can be quite mischievous and love a good prank!).

After chatting with the naughty elves, you will be transported by the magic of Christmas through our very own onboard North Pole, dressed with real trees, snow and the magical Northern Lights dancing above your head as you make your way for a special meeting with Father Christmas himself.Rat-A-Tat-Tat, enter through the big red door into Father Christmas’ office, where he will be hard at work making preparations for Christmas Eve, performing pre-flight checks. Grab a cushion and gather around the fire as Father Christmas tells a group story of how Negus and Cotswold Airport is set to save Christmas why he has invited you along for the ride.

As guests disembark the aircraft, they’ll step into a full-size gingerbread house where they can decorate their own magical gingerbread to take home, led by non other than Mrs Claus herself. The journey doesn’t end there, each child will be led into the Toy Factory where Crumpet and his team have been hard at work assembling toys ready to be wrapped. This will be an opportunity for each child to choose a teddy and help with the assembly process, making a special Christmas wish in the process. Once completed, each child will get the opportunity to take their very own teddy home as a gift from Father Christmas and the Elves for their hard work and help. This will be in addition to a book from Father Christmas and a magical packet of reindeer food which will help the reindeer fly on Christmas Eve.Adults will also receive a mince pie and hot mulled wine as part of the experience.

We have revised our Ticket price to reflect the current economic climate and have discounted down from our usual pricing of £40 per ticket to the following :

Early Bird Pricing now only £22.50 for children and £15 for Adults. This will give the opportunity for those who are keen to secure their seat and have joined us on previous experiences to lock in their experience at a heavily discounted rate. Early Bird will run for 48 hours from Saturday 17th September at 10am. You can pre-register for Early Bird tickets by using the link below, this will allow you access to tickets 24 hours before they go on general sale.

General admission tickets after this point will be priced at £35 per child and £20 per adult. In addition to the revised pricing and early bird specials, we have negotiated with our ticketing provider that any tickets purchased in the month of September will have the option to spread the cost over 2 payments to help with budgeting.This is a worlds first experience with plenty of festive photo opportunities to help keep those memories alive!

To sign up and access the Early Bird registration, please click here -

Northern Light Session Information

We will be hosting Northern Light sessions on the 3rd and 11th December at 10am and 16th of December at 2pm.

These sessions are dedicated SEN sessions, where the experience can be adapted to meet individuals’ needs. This will mean that the sessions are quieter, have reduced noise and light, and are extended to allow extra time to complete the journey throughout the aircraft. We understand that there will be a wide variety of complex requirements and will aim to make every effort possible to ensure an inclusive experience for all guests.

Unfortunately, it is with regret that due to access of the aircraft being via a set of stairs only, we are unable to accommodate disabled (wheelchair) access onboard.

Free carer tickets are available for these Northern Light sessions only, supporting the session to provide the best possible guest experience. Proof of PIP or Disability Living Allowance will need to be provided as proof of eligibility. To book onto a Northern Light session, please email directly, as spaces on these sessions are limited and are booked separately from a regular session.

*The Early Bird pricing will either run for 48 hours from 17th September at 10am or until 4500 tickets are sold. Once this limit has been reached (whether this be time or ticket quantity), the Early Bird pricing will end and the General Admission ticket price will be applied. The organisers reserve the right to alter or change this offer at any time. 


Cotswold Airport
Kemble, Glos, GL7 6BA United Kingdom


Cotswold Airport  is situated seven miles to the south west of the old Roman town of Cirencester and has two separate entrances. This is because the main east west runway divides the airfield in two.

Cotswold Airport  is conveniently located with approximately an hour and thirty minutes drive in to London with an excellent link road to the M4.  There is also a regular train service from Kemble Station in the village straight in to Paddington Station which takes around one hour twenty. For train details check out . Please note due to the fast local road it is not recommended walking from the train station to the airport, local taxis are available to book.

  • Take the M4 to junction 17, and then follow the A429 north towards Cirencester. Please do not exit at junction 15 as it is easy to get lost and is no faster this way.
  • Though you will see Kemble Airport on the left hand side, after Malmesbury and Crudwell, you will not be able to gain access from this road.
  • Continue on A429 towards Cirencester, past Cotswold Airport  and you will come to Kemble village.
  • You will see a traffic light crossing in the middle of the village. Turn left here (signposted Coates) and follow under the bridge to the end of the road.
  • At the T-junction turn left onto the A433. After about ¾ mile, you will approach a right hand bend with a small country turning off to the left. Turn into this road, signposted Jackaments Bottom Farm.

From the North

  • There are several options, one of which is to take the M5 to Junction 11A and then the A419 to Cirencester.
  • Once at Cirencester, take the A433 Tetbury Road. Follow the A433 towards Tetbury. You will pass under a railway bridge and The Thames Head pub on the right.
  • Approximately 1½ miles further you will approach a right hand bend with a small country turning off to the left. Turn into this road, signposted Jackaments Bottom Farm.
  • Once you have turned at the Jackaments Bottom Farm signpost on the A433, follow the track to the very end where you will see the entrance to the Cotswold Airport . The large metal gates should be open, but if not, please press the ATC buttons on the keypad, and they will open the gate for you.
  • Once through this gate, follow the road and blue signs to Control Tower and AV8 Restaurant which will be visible on your left hand side.
  • You can report to the Control Tower, marked with a sign as shown below, for information and assistance.