Bournemouth Air Festival 2019 – What’s On Day One – Thursday

The 12th Bournemouth Air Festival takes to the skies today so what can you expect on day one?

The festival site opens at 10.00am and there is 1.5 miles of trading stands and funfair attractions along the seafront between the Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. Here you will also find the Army Village and the Royal Navy Village where you can find out more about joining, check out their military weapons and vehicles and meet members of the services.

Up on the East Overcliff you will find the RAF Village which has a host of attractions including the popular Chinook replica and an interactive VR experience! 

HMS Argyll and RFA Lyme Bay will be moored out in the bay and throughout the festival you can take a boat trip to see these impressive ships up close. Anchorage tours must be booked online and cost £10pp (over 10’s only).

The action in the air is due to start at 2.00pm. Please note aircraft are subject to availability and weather conditions. Flying times may be subject to change. 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 timetable via the app using your unique code. For more details please visit

Plus tune into Air Festival Radio on 87.7FM for commentary throughout the event!

Thursday’s Flying Schedule

Daytime Displays: 2.00pm till 3.00pm

The Blades
Royal Navy Wildcat HMA2 Helicopter
Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Daytime Displays: 3.30pm till 5.00pm

Tucano T1
Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team
Spitfire IX
Strikemaster Pair
Muscle Biplane Pitts S2S G-EWIZ
The Ultimate Warbird Fighters

Dusk Displays: 7.50pm till 8.30pm

Spitfire IX
Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
Otto the Helicopter with Piper Cub

What else?

Lower Gardens Entertainment: 2.30pm till 4.00pm and 6.00pm till 8.00pm

In the Lower Gardens between 2.30pm and 4pm, there will be music from the Royal Logistics Corps Army Band and from HMS Bath Tub between 6pm and 8pm

Live Music at Bournemouth Pier: 7.00pm till 10.00pm

There will be live music on the stage at Bournemouth Pier from local singer songwriter Gemma Leanne followed by The Rozzers: The UK’s number one tribute to Sting and The Police.

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.