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Voted best Tourism Event by VisitEngland and celebrating it’s 11th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is the UK’s biggest, best and free aviation festival!
So what’s on and when?…..
In the Air…
The BREITLING JET TEAM will be performing for the first time at Bournemouth, and the first time they’ve appeared at a civilian air show in over 10 years, with 3 daytime displays and a special dusk display.
Air Festival favourites the RAF RED ARROWS will once again return, displaying on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The mighty RAF CHINOOK is set to display on three days of the festival.
Also new for 2018 is the SUPER PITTS MUSCLE PLANE, providing aerial manoeuvres and aerobatics.
TEAM RAVEN are also new to the festival with their formation aerobatic display team of five aircraft.
The BRITISH ARMY TIGERS FREEFALL PARACHUTE DISPLAY TEAM will once again be dropping in on the festival with smoke trailing and flags flying.
The AEROSUPERBATICS WINGWALKERS will be showing off their stunts and skills.
The historic BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT (BBMF) featuring a DAKOTA, SPITFIRE and HURRICANE will return to the skies once again over Bournemouth.
As will Air Festival favourite SALLY B.
THE BLADES are a formation display team and are the only civilian team to display at every festival.
The BAC STRIKEMASTER MK82A PAIR are back again with their high performance jets.
Also back are the VAMPIRE PAIR from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron (NAFHS), who are set to display alongside the Strikemaster pair.
The TWISTER DUO team will be performing some amazing aerobatical manoeuvres.
And after impressing the crowds last year the BREMONT GREAT WAR DISPLAY TEAM will return with their impressive routine.
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:
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 some Navy ships moored up.
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!
Lower Gardens Entertainment
The Lower Gardens will have a variety of family entertainment from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including birds of arts and crafts, fire shows and face painting! Plus there will be Armed Forces band music in the bandstand. More details to follow.
Bournemouth Music Stage
There will be FREE live music on the stage at Bournemouth Pier, times and dates to be confirmed.
No event would be complete without fireworks! Times and dates to be confirmed.
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.
The 2018 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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