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Bournemouth Air Festival

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

Voted best Tourism Event by VisitEngland and celebrating it’s 10th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is the UK’s biggest, best and free aviation festival!

So what’s on and when?…..

In the Air…

RAF Red Arrows will be displaying on
Thursday 31st August – 6.00pm
Friday 1st September – 3.30pm
Saturday 2nd September – 12.00pm

Other confirmed include:

The Blades
Tigers Parachute Team
Breitling Wingwalkers
Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG15
The Great War Display Team
P-51 Mustang
Otto the Helicopter
MK82A BAC Strikemaster
Bristol Blenheim
Sally B: B17 Flying Fortress
Twister Aerobatics Team
Red Devils
Gerald Cooper
DeHavilland Vampire

Unfortunately the popular RAF Typhoon Display Team will not be performing due to other commitments. On 17th August 2017 it was also announced that most of the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have been grounded due to an engine issue so unfortunately they will not be appearing. However there will be Spitfires and a Hurricane.

On the Ground…

The action doesn’t just happen in the air, there is always plenty going on on the ground too with 1.5 miles of trading stalls and ground displays located between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers and at Pier Approach.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Village are a popular attraction complete with a Royal Marines Weapon Display Dome, climbing wall and ground assets.

They also provide information about joining the Royal Navy and Marines, how to become a sea cadet, provide presentations and allow you to purchase various promotional merchandise.

The Army Village features a number of their land vehicles and weapons plus you will be able to find out more about joining the army.

The RAF Village features a full size Chinook mock up which will is open to the public. Likewise those interested in joining the RAF are able to meet serving servicemen plus members of the Red Arrows support team. There will also be stands from the air festival charities.

Plus out at sea RFA Argus will be moored up. You will also be able to take a boat trip out around her from Bournemouth Pier but there will be no actual ship visits this year.

A huge highlight of the festival is the beach assault performed by the Royal Marines and Royal Navy – Ships, Boats, Helicopters and Marines all taking part,

And when you are feeling peckish there will be an abundance of catering stalls and outlets serving everything from traditional fish and chips to international cuisines.

Other highlights and trade stands on the ground include Dorset Police, RSPB, Bournemouth Airport, RNLI Hop on Inn and Wave 105, to name but a few!

Plus the funfair will be back in town for those fancying some thrills in between displays!

Red Arrows over Bournemouth Bay

Night Air…

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down as the ‘Night Air‘ programme kicks in! On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings there will be dusk displays from a number of aircraft, many with glowing lights, trailing smoke and sparkling pyrotechnics.

Lower Gardens Entertainment

The Lower Gardens will have a variety of family entertainment from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including birds of prey displays, Punch and Judy shows, arts and crafts, fire shows and face painting! Plus there will be Armed Forces band music in the bandstand.

Bournemouth Music Stage

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there will be FREE live music on the stage at Bournemouth Pier from approximately 8.15pm:

Thursday – Rooster – Party Band
Friday – The Nick Ross Orchestra featuring Sam Merrick – Sinatra to Buble!
Saturday – The Wonderband – Stevie Wonder Tribute Band


No event would be complete without fireworks and there will be two displays on Friday and Saturday at 10.00pm.

And Finally…

The organisers produce an Air Festival souvenir programme which provides details on the full line up and entertainment. Monies raised from the sales are shared amongst the nominated Air Festival charities – Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Royal Air Forces Association and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The programme costs £8 and is available to purchase from local shops from August and at the festival itself. Please click here for details of stockists.

The 2017 Bournemouth Air Festival will be an event not to be missed, remember it’s ‘By the Sea and completely FREE’ so put it in your diaries!

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