R.A.F. Harrowbeer  Archives 



June  9th  and  10th  2018


Open daily from 1100 hours until 1630 hours

   Held in the car-park and grounds of Knightstone Tearooms

Parking on the adjacent moorland

Free  Entrance

Refreshments available in the Tearooms


The ' R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives ' is holding a week-end of World War Two military memorabilia which is open to the general public to view.

On show will be at least two military vehicles and bicycles, an Anderson Shelter ( outdoors ) and Morrison Shelter ( indoors ), a museum of WWII artefacts ( plus cabinets inside the Tearooms ) and an airborne lifeboat with an assortment of safety equipment that would have been on the vessel in order to save the lives of ditched airmen.


In the ' Archive Room ' ( at the back of the Tearooms ) are kept copies of the Station and Squadron Operation Record Books ( diaries ), photographic record books of various Squadrons and other material with reference to the everyday life of R.A.F. Harrowbeer.


There will be various stallholders raising money for local charities and clubs including a bottle stall, second-hand books, The Royal Air Force Association, etc.


The week-end for me ( the Archivist - Micahael Hayes ) is all about telling the story of what went on in Yelverton between 1941 to the present day on what is now known as ' the old airfield '. Did you or a member of your family serve there or helped to build it ? If so please contact me so that your story can be included with the Archives.


Please help support this event, there is no entrance fee but donations are welcome in order to purchase photographs and material to enhance the exhibition.

Thank you - Michael Hayes, Archivst.


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' R.A.F. HARROWBEER  1940's '  week-end  on 

Saturday  11th  and  Sunday  12th  August


between  ' Knightstone  Tearooms '  and  the  first  Dispersal  Bay  where  there  will  be  a  replica  Spitfire

Re-enactors,  displays,  demonstrations  and  numerous  stalls  are  available  for  all  to  enjoy,  something  for  everyone

Free  parking  and  refreshments  available


organised  by  ' The  Harrowbeer  Interest  Group '


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There are two R.A.F. Harrowbeer events planned at the moment for 2017.


The first is over the week-end of the 22nd and 23rd July 2017.

R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives,Yelverton, Devon have been asked to organise one of their " Archive Week-ends " by Stuart Morrisey ( The ' Mad Rider ' ).

Stuart rides a 125cc motorcycle to raise money for various charities.

After many sponsored rides and raising many thousands of pounds he is riding his last sponsored ride with funds going to the ' Royal Air Force Association '.

Stuart will be leaving Cornwall in early July and riding ( with a support team ) over 2,000 miles on his 125cc motorcycle taking in various R.A.F. Stations and Museums. His ride will end on the 22nd of July by riding through the gates of R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives just after mid-day. Stuart's journey is be filmed from start to finish, it would be nice to have as many people as possible to welcome him in after his mamoth journey.


                        Good luck Stuart

all at Harrowbeer wish you well.

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The second R.A.F. Harrowbeer event is the

' R.A.F. Harrowbeer 1940's ' week-end

being held on the 12th and 13th of August 2017.

This event is organised by Stephen Fryer, Chairman of the Harrowbeer Interest Group and held on the moor outside and behind Knightstone Tearooms, Yelverton, Devon.

The main attraction will be the Spitfire IX  aeroplane with working Merlin engine situated in a Dispersal Bay.

The Dispersal Bay ' Air Raid Shelter ' will be open throughout the week-end plus many other attractions and displays.


We look forward to your support.


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Knightstone / RAF Harrowbeer Archive Weekends  


We had two very successful week-ends during 2016 for which I would like to thank all those people who helped towards the preparation, participation and clearing up afterwards.


The Archives were also open over the week-end of the Harrowbeer 1940's event in August.


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Dates  for  2016


The  first  May  Bank  Holiday

April  30th,  May  1st  and  May  2nd




July  30th  and  July  31st


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 These Archive Week-ends are held in the car park of ' Knightstone Tearooms ' and are open from 1100 - 1630 hours each day for May and from 1100 hours until 1700 hours for July, there is plenty of parking on the adjacent moorland and there is no entry charge.


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Don't  forget  the  R.A.F. Harrowbeer  Archives  are  open  from  Monday  to  Friday 

10.00 am  until  3.00 pm.


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Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control our " star guest " the full size, static,   replica   Spitfire   MKV belonging to ' The Spitfire Society ' will NOT  be at ' Knightstone Tearooms ' for August.  

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Please note that the August Bank Holiday event will be going ahead as usual.


At this events visitors will have the opportunity to look at copies of the R.A.F. Station Operation Record Book ( Station diary ) and the Squadron O.R.B.'s of some of the Squadrons that flew from the airfield. In addition there are photographs of Harrowbeer personnel their aircraft and a personnel folder containing the names of known airmen, W.A.A.F's and civilians that served or worked on the airfield.

Why not come and browse through the Bric-a-Brac Stall and Secondhand Book Stall, have a go on the Bottle Stall or nibble a cake from the Cake Stall with a cup of tea. A new addition is a mock bomb that can be de-fused by anyone with a steady hand.

There is an ' Anderson Shelter ' in the back garden which can be seen from the outside seating area and now has bunk beds. Eventually this will be equipped with a table and chairs, etc.

The Austin Ten Utility is now ' road legal ' and very near completion ( just rear seats and tool-box lids ) and can often be seen driving round the airfield. It has now made several public appearances in Plymouth and Buckfastleigh. 

The Austin 10 Cambridge is still waiting to be renovated which all being well will start some time during 2015.

In another corner of the outside seating area is an ' Allan William's Gun Turret ' which was one of the many types of anti-aircraft gun positions that were produced.      R.A.F. Harrowbeer had at least three of these on the airfield ( possibly a fourth but this needs confirming ).      The restoration of this article is well under way with the help of local companies and enthusiasts.. 

 The R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives and Museum will be open over the week-end and Michael will be more than happy to meet you and talk with you about the airfield and Yelverton during the war or Plymouth during the Blitz, etc.

The Archives and Museum are housed at ' Knightstone Tearooms ' and are available to be looked at upon request.


There will hopefully be something for everyone to view or participate in, or just come and sit and enjoy the views over a snack and a drink. Food served all day, ( hot lunches served between 1200 hours and 1430 hours ) our speciality being ' cream tea ' ( the best in the West ).         

We look forward to seeing you.  

For further information contact Michael on  Tel:-01822 853679.



Past  Events


Dates for 2012



May Bank Holiday:- 5th, 6th and 7th

            Open from 1100 - 1630 hours each day


June 23rd and 24th for the beginning of Plymouth Armed Forces Week

            Open from 1100 - 1730 hours each day


August Bank Holiday:- 25th, 26th and 27th

            Open from 1100 - 1730 hours each day


These weekend events will be held in the carpark of Knightstone Tearooms, Yelverton and have an assortment of Archive material on display. This includes copies of the Station and Squadron Operation Record Books, photographs of some of the Squadron aircraft and personnel and Yelverton before the Airfield was built.

The small Museum on site will be open with it's display of World War II artefacts and memorabilia.





RAF Harrowbeer 70th Anniversary Event

Weekend 13/14 August 2011

special community event was staged to commemorate the opening of this former RAF airfield and the history of its vital role during WWII. 

The memorial stone at the Leg O'Mutton cornerThe event included a Service of Remembrance at the Memorial Stone at Leg o' Mutton Corner on Saturday 13th August.  The Service was led by Ministers from local churches and music will be provided by the City of Plymouth Pipe Band.

Poppy crosses formed a Field of Remembrance; poppy wreaths and tributes were laid in memory of all those who died on active service as well as all those who served at the airfield. 

The Community came together with veterans and their families; serving members of the Forces; and representatives from the Royal British Legion, Air Training Corps etc. 

The City of Plymouth Pipe Band led the parade back to the main event which was centred around the  Knightstone Tearooms, the former Watch Office of RAF Harrowbeer.

Some of the Millitary vehicles supporting the event




The main focus of the event was to promote the heritage of the local area, the RAF Harrowbeer archives and history of the airfield and included:

  • RAF/wartime displays and exhibits
  • a static full size replica Spitfire with Merlin engine
  • the Military Vehicle Trust
  • The National Airfix Make-and-Paint Roadshow
  • an aerial display by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire and Hurricane)
  • an aerial display by a Sea King from the Search & Rescue Force based at RMB Chivenor
  • a display by a Fairey Swordfish from the Royal Navy Historic Flight
  • and music provided by well known local jazz bands: Jazzacadabra and Roger Marks' Spitfire Five

To make it a fun family event also included were:

  • a charity dog show organised by  Children's Hospice South West raising funds for their new hospice which will serve families in this area
  • a special climbing wall 
  • and the iconic Vintage Mobile Cinema showing archive film footage

A formation of spitfires over HarrowbeerA replica MkII spitfire at a previous archive weekend

All events

Events information will appear here shortly.