2016 Festival Opening Times

Bournemouth Air Festival Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 August

The Air Festival site opens from 10am each day.

Flying starts at approx. 1.30pm today – Sunday 21 August

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Beach Assault starts at 12.30pm

At Sea

During the festival, Bournemouth’s picture-perfect horizon is transformed by an impressive military flotilla, including four 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!

**Owing to exceptional weather conditions, the ship open to visitors trips have been cancelled on Sunday 21st August **

We do hope you are able to make time to visit the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Village (between the Piers from lampost 15 – 19).


In the air

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 be hosting displays from the awesome RAF Red Arrows and the mighty Typhoon, SallyB and The Blades, to name but a few.

New performances for 2016 come from the B25Mitchell Bomber, Strike Master and awe-inspiring Swiss Air Force Super Puma Helicopter Display Team.

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

RAF assets alongside the Red Arrows and Typhoon will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and fantastic interactive RAF Village.

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.

Click here to find out what you can expect to see over the four days

On the ground

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.

The famous Royal Marines 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.

Night Air

This year’s Night Air programme includes dusk displays, live music, great family entertainment in the Lower Gardens and fireworks at 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

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.

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Twitter, a list of Bournemouth Air Festival tweets

    • Relive this year's festival with our full highlights video!
    • Flight Lt Mark Long 2016 Typhoon Pilot reflects on his time at the Bournemouth Air Festival: “It‘s a privilege...
    • Thanks to everyone who came to the first meet the pilot session and made it so fabulous!! We hope you enjoyed it...
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