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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, Friday 1st September and Saturday 2nd September.

Other confirmed include:

RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
The Blades
Tigers Parachute Team

Please check back soon for further details of what is on at the 2017 Bournemouth Air Festival. Other favourites over the past 10 years have included:

The Tigers
The Fire Flies
Red Devils
Black Cats
Sally B: B17 Flying Fortress
B25 Mitchell Bomber
Breitling Wingwalkers
Swiss Puma Helicopter Display Team

Air Festival News

The line up changes each year and as soon as we know more we will post here. Sadly we do know that the popular RAF Typhoon Display Team will not be performing due to other commitments.

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 expect to see a flotilla of ships with one normally open to visitors!

A huge highlight of the festival is the beach assault performed by the Royal Marines and Royal Navy.

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 BBC, Shorefield, RSPB, Bournemouth Airport, 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!

Meanwhile the Lower Gardens will have a variety of children’s entertainment including street performers, circus workshops and face painting!

Red Arrows over Bournemouth Bay

Night Air…

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down as the ‘Night Air‘ programme kicks in!

Night Air at the Piers

Night Air at the Piers sees great entertainment at both Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe pier.

The Boscombe stage usually attracts a host of famous and well known acts whilst the Bournemouth Stage will have a line up of some of the country’s best tribute acts.

And of course no event would be complete without a fireworks display, or two!

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.

The programme costs £8 and is available to purchase from local shops from August and at the festival itself. Please come back nearer the event 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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