Friday, 25 August 2017 11:06

Top Ten Picks for Bournemouth Air Festival 2017

There's so much to see and do at this year's Air Festival in Bournemouth, on from Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September. The free event is now in it's tenth year and is the UK's biggest air festival - in the air, on land and at sea!

We've picked our Top Ten to make the most of your time at the Air Festival this year.

1) The Red Arrows are always the most asked about display. So here's the details - they are performing three times: a first for the festival on Thursday 6pm, followed by Friday at 3.30pm and Saturday at 12noon.
2) You'll see Vampires this year. The Vampire Pair are a Norwegian Historical Squadron. A de Havilland Sea Vampire was the first jet to land on a carrier on December 3rd, 1945.
3) The ever popular Breitling Wingwalker will be making a return. The 'Super Stearmans' of the team are driven by 450 horsepower units.
4) There will be helicopters too. Get ready for the distinctive wop wop wop of a Chinook. Otto the Helicopter, O'Brien's Flying Circus will also perform an amazing evening displays with spectacular pyrotechnic effects.
5) At sea you'll be able to see HMS Richmond, RFA Argus plus HMS Blazer & Exploit in the bay.
6) On the beach you can check out the Royal Marines on land, at sea, in the Bandstand and at the Royal Navy Village. Always a crowd pleaser look out for boats, gunfire, tanks and Royal Marines all starring in the amphibious demonstrations on the beach.
7) There's going to be 1.5 miles of food and goods traders and a variety of veritable vendors between the Piers and along East Overcliff.
8) You are invited to a Very Vintage Sunday on East Overcliff Drive on Sunday. To celebrate the 10th Air Festival on the last day of this year's Festival, from vintage aircraft in the skies and cars on the ground to skiffle, swing and lindy hop it will be family fun for everyone.
9) The Tigers Parachute Display Team will be arriving from the skies in an amazing spectacle.
10) Precise times for the displays are available in the official Air Festival Programme. Please support the festival and purchase a programme from local vendors or stalls dotted around the seafront.

Our Top Tip

Don't try and drive into central Bournemouth. Use the Park and Ride from these locations:

Kings Park (£10 per car Thursday & Sunday and £12 Friday & Saturday)
Thursday 9.00am – last bus at 11pm
Friday 9am – last bus at 11pm
Saturday 9am – last bus at 11pm
Sunday 9am – last bus at 7pm

Redhill Park (£12 per car Friday and Saturday, £10 Sunday)
Friday 9am – last bus 11pm
Saturday 9am – last bus at 11pm
Sunday 9am – last bus at 7pm

Littledown – Saturday only (£12 Saturday)
Saturday 9am – last bus at 11pm

Royal Bournemouth Hospital (open Saturday when Littledown is full £12 & on Sunday £10)
Saturday – overflow, once Littledown is full
Sunday 9am – last bus at 7pm