Most people, if they think of Compton Abbas Airfield at all, probably associate it with the disgraced tycoon, Asil Nadir, who fled to northern Cyprus via the airfield in 1993 after the collapse of his Polly Peck business empire.
Since then it has lapsed back into ill-deserved obscurity. Spectacularly situated on top of the North Dorset Downs, it is worth going there for the stunning views from the viewing area alone. There is a restaurant open for lunches and throughout the day for tea and coffee.
When I visited, there was a Museum featuring a number of restored and replica WW1 and WW2 classic aircraft used in the motion picture industry, as well as movie props and general aircraft memorabilia, but this closed permanently in mid-October 2007.
Trial flights can be arranged in both two and four-seater aircraft (including a Tiger Moth) as well as pilot training, aircraft hire, etc.