Bournemouth Air Festival 2023 – What’s On Day One – Thursday

Update 13.30 from the organisers:

Due to the adverse weather, we are unable to provide a full flying schedule today.
Based on current forecasts, the weather is forecast to improve from 16:00. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates which we will provide as we know more. Despite the rainy conditions, we still have plenty of things to do and entertainment right here on the ground. From the Army and Navy Villages (Zone 2) & RAF and STEM Villages up on the East Overcliff (Zone 6).

The 2023 Bournemouth Air Festival is back once again for an incredible four days of first class entertainment!

Flying is due to start today at 2.00pm however please note that aircraft are subject to availability and weather conditions and flying times may be subject to change at any time.

For an up to date flying timetable please purchase a souvenir programme which will allow you access to the online timetable which is updated throughout the event.

You can also download the Bournemouth Air Festival app for free on iOS and Android, and if you’ve purchased a programme you can access the up dated timetable via the app using your unique code. 

Thursday’s Flying Schedule

Daytime Displays 2.00pm till 3.20pm

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
T-67 Firefly
Pitts S2S
Fairey Swordfish & Wasp HAS1
Wasp HAS1
Fairey Swordfish

Daytime Displays 4.15pm till 5.40pm
Tutor Display Team – Tutor T1
Yakovlevs – Yak 50
Bronco Demo Team
Rolls Royce Heritage Flight – Spitfire XIX & P-51 Mustang
Vampire FB.52
RAF Red Arrows – 5.30pm

Dusk Displays 7.30pm till 8.30pm

Typhoon FGR4
Firebirds – RV4 x2
Otto – Schweizer 300
Tigers Parachute Display team

What else is on?

The festival site is open from 10.00am with plenty to see and do on the beach between the Bournemouth and Boscombe piers, up on the East Overcliff and down in the Lower Gardens. The Royal Navy village, located on the beach, has interactive attractions and demonstrations, plus you can meet serving and former personnel and learn more about the navy and its charities. In the Army village, also on the beach, you can get up close to army equipment like the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, and meet soldiers who can tell you more about life in the army. Up on the East Overcliff you’ll find the popular RAF Village where you can meet the support teams for the Typhoon, Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Chinook, plus get information about a career in the RAF.

The Commando Recruiting Team will be giving Unarmed Combat Demonstrations in the Lower Gardens at 6.20pm followed by The Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony at 6.45pm.

And the family favourite film Mamma Mia (PG) will be shown on the big screen, also in the gardens, at 7.45pm.

Find out more about the aircraft and the festival by visiting our Bournemouth Air Festival page. And please remember this is for guidance only, times are subject to weather and aircraft availability.

Image credit – Paul Johnson Flightline UK BAF21 RAF Typhoon via Bournemouth Air Festival