Bournemouth Air Festival 2017

The tenth Bournemouth Air Festival will take place from 31st August 2017 through to the 3rd September 2017

Park & Ride information for the 2017 Airshow is available on this link:Air Show Parking

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. The link at the top of this page takes you to a temporary page on this site detailing these Park & Ride car parks. The cost is between £10.00 and £12.00 for all day parking with free bus transport to the sea front. Each year the Air Festival gets bigger and better, so this year expect more stunning displays and an even greater variety of airshow events.

Southbourne Beach

East and West Cliff beaches provide ideal viewing areas for the Red Arrows.

The Red Arrows!

Due to the popularity of the Red Arrows the times of their displays are made public in advance.

This year the published times of the Red Arrows displays are:

Thursday: 18:00

Friday 15:30

Saturday 12:00* (This display is listed on Red Arrows website but not listed on Bournemouth Air website)

Sunday No Display appears scheduled

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 number of very worthwhile charities. If you want to know the schedule times - buy the brochure! There will be plenty available on stands and in shops thoughout the festival

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Unfortunately due to engine problems the BBMF has had to cancel this year. However there will be Spitfires and a Hurricane displayed from other owners. There will also be a fly past by the worlds last remaining Bristol Blenheim. The Bristol Blenheim is one of the unsung heros of the Battle of Britain. Although designed as a bomber a number were converted to carry four heavy machine guns in the bomb bay. They were successfully used to suppliment Fighter Command during the dark days of 1940. It was also the first British aircraft to fly a mission over Germany. I believe the Dakota from the BBMF will still display on Saturday and Sunday.

Red Arrows Diamond

The Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival

The Great War Display Team This will be the first display at Bournemouth Air Festival for the Great War Display Team. They will display on Sunday which will by and large be givern over to vintage aircraft.. I don't know what aircraft will feature from the Great War Display Team 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.

And.... A lot more! There will be a Mig 15, the StrikeMaster (which saw action in Oman in the early 1970's in support of SAS operations), a pair of Vampires (The only jet fighter ever that was partially made out of wood!), a P51 Mustang, the ever popular "Sally B" B17 Flying Fortress and many, many more. The best thing to do to get the times and the (very) full show schedule is to buy the Air Show Guide. It will be available everywhere during the festival. But just the small sample of display teams listed above I think you will agree this 10th anniversary Bournemouth Air Festival is looking like super event. See you there!