At Sea

During the festival, Bournemouth’s picture-perfect horizon will be transformed by an impressive military flotilla, including 4 ships, courtesy of the Royal Navy.  Continuing to support us year-on-year with a host of assets, action and entertainment we are incredibly grateful for everything they bring to the event on land, at sea and in the air!

The ever popular ship tickets for visits Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be available online at the end of July and again in early August – please check the website and Facebook page for details.


2016 – latest news

23rd June 2016:
Back to impress the hundreds of thousands of avid fans who annually flock to the UK’s leading seaside resort, the skies of Bournemouth will hosting displays from the awesome RAF Red Arrows and the mighty Typhoon, SallyB and The Blades, to name but a few, supported with a multitude of land, sea and air Royal Navy assets, Pier-to-Pier county show trading stalls and Wave105 staging three nights of music, including a ‘proms on the beach’ style concert, the best chart acts and a celebration of dance music.

New performances for 2016 come from the B25Mitchell Bomber, Strike Master and awe-inspiring Swiss Air Force Super Puma Helicopter Display Team. Display Pilot Captain Matthieu Ghiringhelli said; “On behalf of the Swiss Air Force I am delighted we will be participating at this summer’s Bournemouth Air Festival – we have heard great things about the event on the air show circuit. I hope visitors will enjoy watching the incredible agility demonstrated by the Super Puma Display Team – see you in August!”

The Red Arrows, supported by Morgan Sindall, will be performing at the festival and visitors can see the breath-taking team in action at the set time of 1545 (3.45pm) on all four days.

Relive last summer’s great festival with video highlights in the gallery opposite.

See you August 18th – 21st!

Click here to order the 2016 Air Festival brochure today!


In the air


In the skies will be fantastic dusk displays from the Red Devils and O’Briens Flying Circus starring Otto The Helicopter, as well as Team Fire Flies and Aerosparx, both bringing formation flying and pyrotechnics to the evening display programme.

RAF assets alongside the Red Arrows and Typhoon will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and fantastic interactive RAF Village. RAF Wing Commander Heather Ratnage-Black said; “Wing Commander Heather Ratnage-Black said; “The Air Festival is a high priority event for the Royal Air Force, in terms of audience numbers it’s perfect for showcasing our aircraft and offers a first class arena for engaging with the public.  The event allows the public the opportunity to talk directly to our personnel and discuss the opportunities to have a career within the Service, in over 50 roles ranging from engineering to catering.”

Last seen in 2013, the Breitling Wingwalkers are returning with the ever-popular Tigers Parachute Team making daily jumps from an amazing 6,000feet freefalling at an incredible 120mph! Not forgetting the SallyB, Twister Duo and The Blades.

Relive some of the highlights and check out the videos in the Gallery opposite.

Here’s what you can see over the 4-days


On the ground and at sea

The Royal Navy & Army  will once again be demonstrating their land, sea and air capabilities with a number of great static and interactive displays at their Village area.

There will be 4 Navy war ships, with note – Ship open to visitors! Tickets will be available at the end of July – please check back for details. Furthermore, there will be Beach assaults, Beat Retreat, Military Villages and Proms performance.

With the presence of Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy at last year’s event, the Navy’s ongoing commitment to the festival is confirmed with four warships, a large amphibious command ship complete with helicopters, Royal Marines and landing craft and Royal Navy Black Cats helicopter display team. The famous amphibious beach assault demonstrations and beachfront Royal Navy Village are back again, all bolstered tremendously by world class music from the Royal Marines Band, HM RM Band Collingwood.

Commander Steve Henagan said; “2016 will demonstrate yet another superb concentration of Naval force. On land, at sea and in the air, we look forward to showcasing what we do best!”

Night Air

This year’s Night Air entertainment, with Wave105, runs across three nights (Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August). It includes fireworks at 10pm on Friday and Saturday, along with three fantastic music nights created to spread the entertainment across all generations.

A revamped Night Air programme welcomes a mini tattoo on the East Overcliff (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening) with the brilliant RAF Queens Colour Squadron, alongside the Royal Navy Beat Retreat sunset ceremony and unarmed combat displays by the Royal Marines.

Thursday – Thursday evening will be a very British affair with a ‘Musical Spectacular’ performed by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood. ‘Proms on the beach’. Bring your blanket, camping chairs and picnic and enjoy a fantastic performance by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.

Friday – Friday night is ‘Hits on the Beach’ by Wave 105. Confirmed so far – Travis, Calum Scott, Imani Williams.

Saturday – Saturday night ‘Sunset on the Beach’ is the official, not-to-be-missed, beach event with Halo. Tickets start from £10. Confirmed acts: EXAMPLE & DJ WIRE, BLONDE, JAGUAR SKILLS AND MAJESTIC.

All tickets are available now!

Click here to visit Wave105 site for updates and further details!



Bournemouth Air Festival 2016 – Buckle Up!

As the only summer destination for the UK’s best aviation entertainment Bournemouth will again be hosting incredible air displays, on the ground action and evening entertainment at the 9th Bournemouth Air Festival!

Taking place from 18 – 21 August the award-winning festival welcomes the awesome Red Arrows (on all 4 days), *alongside the mighty RAF Typhoon, Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team, Tigers Parachute Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and, new for this year, the Swiss Air Force Super Puma Team.  Supported with a flotilla of Royal Navy ships, Pier-to-Pier and county show trading stalls the festival is not to be missed.

The famous amphibious Royal Navy and Royal Marine beach assault demonstrations, with beach front Royal Navy Village, and interactive RAF Village area, at Pier Approach, will both be returning. 

Setting Bournemouth aside from other air shows, when the sun goes down, Night Air entertainment will light up the skies of the UK’s leading coastal resort with pyrotechnic night flying, street entertainment, awesome live music and military performances.

A free to attend event, the Bournemouth Air Festival is so much more than an air show!

For more information please follow our Facebook page for details and announcements.

*(as announced to date)


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