The tenth Bournemouth Air Festival will take place from 31st August 2017 through to the 3rd September 2017
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Bournemouth Air Festival. It has grown in both size and content over the years. It is now the most highly attended air show in the UK and (of course) its free. The air show centres on the beach area surronding Bournemouth Pier. Anyone on East Cliff Beach or West Cliff Beach will be guaranteed a superb view. Even on beaches further away there is often a better view of whats going on than you get at many airfield bound shows. Last year over 700,000 people attended over the four days of the display. As you can appreciate parking can become an issue unless you plan your journey. Bournemouth council sets up three park and ride sites which are the best bet for anyone coming in for the day. Last year the cost was £9.00 for all day parking and a free bus to and from the action for six people. Details of these park and rides will appear on this site nearer the date. Each year the Air Festival gets bigger and better, so this year expect more stunning displays and an even greater variety of airshow events.
It is early days but a number of displays are already finalising. The rumours abound but so far it looks like the following are already lined up.
The Red Arrows The Red Arrows will be displaying on all four days. Due to their popularity the times of their displays are made public in advance. If this is repeated this year they will also be made available here. But please note that the rest of the display timings are only given in the Air Festival Brochure. The profits from this brochure provide a significant income to a num,ber of very worethwhile charities. If you want to know the schedule times - buy the brochure.
The Battle of Britain memorial FlightThis year although the BBMF will be displaying on every day of the show the Lancaster will display on the Thursday and Friday while a Dakota will display on the Saturday and Sunday. The hurricane and Spitfire will display on all four days.
The Great War Display TeamThis will be the first display at Bournemouth Air Festival for the Great War Display Team. I don't know what aircraft will feature but the possibiliteies range from Avro 504, Sopwith Triplane, SE5A,Junkers CL1 Fokker DR1 and BE2c. Whatever aircraft are displayed this promises to be a highlight of this years show. It is rumoured that they will display on the Saturday and the Sunday.
And.... A lot more! As I hear about who is going to display, I will update this. But just from those display teams shown above I think you will agree this 10 anniversary Bournemouth Air Festival is looking like super event. See you there!