Bournemouth Air Festival

Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival

Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival

Now into its 6th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is one of the ‘must see’ festivals in the Dorset area. It has been described as one of the best air shows in the world by american newspaper USA Today. The festival has welcomed more than 4.5 million people over the last 6 years. This year the festival runs from Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September. The Air Festival is more than just an Air Show, incredible display teams from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Commandos, including beach assaults, awesome jets, helicopters, fireworks, entertainment, 3-miles of Pier to Pier stalls and attractions, ground displays, street entertainers, interactive military villages and live music from local, national and military bands… This is all ‘by the sea and completely free!’ Whether it’s ‘on the ground’ action, ‘in the air’ displays or night air evening entertainment, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at this year’s sixth annual Bournemouth Air Festival. The Festival site is open daily from 10am with displays starting late morning / early afternoon.

Bournemouth Air Festival Line-up

Here is what will be in the skies…


Vulcan Aircraft taken to the sky

Avro Vulcan

The only flying Vulcan Cold War Bomber will be displaying on Sunday 1st September

Red Arrows

The team have been dazzling spectators over the past 49 years and this year they are back! Pushing their BAE Systems Hawk T1 aircraft to the limit. The Red Arrows will be displaying on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


After an absence, the RAF Typhoon display team will be making a noisy come back. The Typhoon has been declared as the only multi-role capable fast jet in the Royal Air Force.


The most successful RAF heavy bomber of World War II will be on display with its fighter counterparts, the Spitfire and Hurricane, forming the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.


The mighty RAF Chinook comes back to Bournemouth Air Festival flown by crew members from 18 and 27 Squadrons who have worked hard to make this year’s display one of the best, showcasing the power and manoeuvrability of the aircraft.

Black Cat

The Royal Navy Black Cats are the Royals Navy’s flagship helicopter display team. This year they will be flying the agile Lynx MK8 helicopter and performing stunts such as wing-overs, nose-overs and the crowd pleasing bow.

The Tigers Parachute Display Team

Dropping from 10,000 feet, the team will trail smoke across the skies ahead of a precision landing on Bournemouth Beach.

The Red Devils

Forming part of the night air displays, the Red Devils, official parachute display team of the British Army, will be attaching glow-sticks to their jumpsuits and pyrotechnics to their boots to deliver another dazzling performance.

There will also be much more on offer, to find out more check our Bournemouth Air Festival What’s On page:

This blog post was written by Fred, the Deputy Manager at The Savoy Hotel. If you are looking to go but don’t fancy the park and ride, you could always stay with us at The Savoy Hotel. The hotel is situated on West Hill Road about 10 minutes walk away from Bournemouth Pier.

Why not leave us a comment or ask Fred a question? let us know if you have been to Bournemouth Air Festival before? Which displays were your favourite?

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