Whats on

More than just an airshow, the 1.5 mile Festival site is located between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, including the East Overcliff. Open from 10am – 10pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday!

The action kicks off with 94 year old Wing Walker Tom Lackey at 1.15 pm on Thursday. Flying begins at 12.30pm on Friday and Saturday and at 11.45am on Sunday.

Check out the sections below for an overview of whats happening at this years events as well as information on where you can purchase the official Air Festival brochure!

You can download the 2014 Air Festival leaflet here

Live Video Stream

In the air

The Air Festival flying kicks off at 1.25pm on Thursday with 95 year old wingwalker Tom Lackey. On Friday and Saturday the flying starts at 12.30pm and on Sunday the flying starts at 11.45pm.

Night Air flying displays start from 7.15pm each evening.

Follow the links below to find out a bit more about the aircraft and what day they are flying at this year’s Air Festival…

The Red Arrows – Thursday / Friday/ Saturday / Sunday – Apprearing on all four days of the Festival this year

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Saturday / Sunday – Featuring an RAF Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfire and Hurricane.

The Vulcan - Saturday – The XH558 AVRO Vulcan

Hunter Jet – Miss Demeanour - Friday / Saturday

Sally-B – Friday / Saturday / Sunday – B-17 Flying Fortress Sally-B

Canberra – Sunday – English electric PR9 jet

Sea Vixen – Sunday – De Havilland Sea Vixen DN110 FAW

The RAF Typhoon - Friday / Saturday / Sunday - Royal Air Force Eurofighter jet

The RAF Tucano - Thursday / Friday / Saturday – The Tucano T1 jet

The RAF Tutor - Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – A Grob Tutor aircraft

The RAF Chinook - Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – RAF HC2 Chinook

Rolls Royce Spitfire - Thursday / Friday / Saturday – Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX-PS853

The Royal Navy Blackcats - Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – Helicopter display team

The Royal Navy Merlin - Thursday / Friday / Saturday – RN Merlin HM1

Army Solo Lynx - Friday / Saturday / Sunday – The Army Lynx Helicopter

O’Brien’s Flying Circus - Thursday / Friday / Saturday

The Twister Aerobatic Solo - Thursday / Friday

The perfect place to watch the displays is Festival Hospitality, register your interest now!

On the ground and at sea

The Royal Navy & Army  will again be demonstrating their land,sea and air capabilities with a number of great static and interactive displays at their Village area. The Army Village will be located on Bournemouth seafront and is the perfect place to come and discover more about the Army. Land vehicles that will be on display include a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, a Jackal 2 weapons platform, a CVRT Scimitar Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle, and a Trojan Armoured Vehicle, as well as the Combat Support Boat, Terex Crane and 15t truck! There will be a static Apache helicopter flight simulator and demo Gazelle. Also in the Army Village area will be lots of Armoury including the AS90 gun, a L118 light gun and a Starstreak High Velocity Missile.

There will also be unarmed combat demonstrations and the historic Beat Retreat performed by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.

The RAF Village is set to feature a full size Chinook mock-up, elements of the RAF Central Band, a 591 Signals Unit, a No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron, a No1 Radio School, the RAF Recruiting and Motivational Outreach Team as well as stands from many of the participating display teams including the Red Arrows and charities such as Hounds for Heroes, the Jon Egging Trust, the Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Festival Hospitality

For the perfect central flight line location look no further than Air Festival  hospitality.  At the heart of the air displays, on the seafront, it’s a first class experience with delicious food, chilled beverages and superb service. Day time hospitality is no longer available but you can still get a taste of the action on Friday evening.

VIP hospitality evening tickets for Friday are only £25, they include:

Entrance to the VIP hospitality tent 7pm-11pm

Live music by the Groove Brothers

Food provided by River Cottage’s Gideon Hitchin Catering – evening menu here

Access to private bar and viewing area to watch the fantastic dusk flying displays

The perfect place to watch the fireworks

To book tickets or or contact For information on how to get here check out the getting here section!

Artist in Residence

This year we have an official Air Festival Artist in Residence. David, a leader in the world of modern aviation art, will be at unique Festival locations over the 4-days completing a new painting created especially for the town. Spending time capturing unique views of aircraft from RFA Argus, beach side roof top and the Marriott Hotel, he is delighted to be taking part in the Air Festival.You can read the full press release here.



The Official Air Festival brochure is available now at the Tourist Information Centre and from the local stockists below!

Brochure Stockists

The Air Festival brochure will be available to buy from these outlets from 11th August:

COMPANY NAME Address Postcode
Central Stores 45-47 Seamoor Road Bournemouth BH4 9AE
Westbourne Bookshop 65 Poole Road, Westbourne, BH4 9BA
Durley Chine Beach Cafe Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JG
Bournemouth Library The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ
Main News 71 Commercial Road, Bournemoputh BH2 5RT
Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel St Michael’s Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth, BH2 5DU
Hotel Collingwood 11 priory Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DF
Pavilion & BIC BIC & Pavilion BH2 5BH
Pier News & Gifts Bournemouth Pier BH2 5AA
Russell Cotes East Cliff, Bournemouth BH 1 3AA
Carlton Hotel East Cliff Bournemouth BH1 3DN
East Cliff Hotel East Cliff Bournemouth BH1 3AN
Miramar Hotel East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AL
Reefside Stores Boscombe Pier BH5 1BN
Sorted Surf Shop (Beach Front) 42 Sea Road, Boscombe BH 5 1BQ
Denewood Hotel 40 Sea Road Boscombe BH5 1BQ
Devon Candies 6 Sea Road Boscombe BH5 1BQ
The Rosscourt Hotel 6 St Johns Road, Boscombe BH5 1DB
St Catherines News St Catherines Road, Bournemouth BH6 4AE
Hengistbury Post Office 106-108 Broadway, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 4EH
Days Hotel 3 Russel Cotes Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH6 4EH
Cllr Drayton Margery Daw Shop 95/95a Southbourne Grove, Southbourne BH 6 3QX
DEBRA (formerly Action for Children) 81 Southbourne Grove, Southbourne, BH6 3QX
Bournecoast 26 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth BH 6 3RA
Southbourne Grove Post Office 14 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth BH6 3RW
Gordons News 11 Southbourne Grove, Southbourne BH6 3QS
Phillips News 836 Christchurch Road BH7 6DQ
Boscombe News 785 Christchurch Road BH7 6DQ
Precinct News 655 Christchurch Road BH1 4BP
Electric Beach Tanning Salon 651 Christchurch Road BH1 4AP
Boscombe Precinct Post Office 562 Christchurch Road BH1 4BH
Elstead Hotel 12-14 Knyverton Road, Bournemouth BH 1 3QP
Abbey Life Assurance Company 100 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8AL
Waterstones – Bmth Town Centre 14-16 The Arcade BH1 2AH
Burlington News 71-76 Old Christchurch Road BH1 2HZ
The Norfolk Royal Hotel Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 6EN
Harry Ramsdens Undercliff Drive,East Beach, Bournemouth BH1 2EZ
Bournemouth Echo Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 6HH
Sandbanks Store 8 Banks Road, Poole, Dorset BH13 7QB
Central Stores 21 Haven Road Poole BH13 7LE
Canford Cliffs Gifts 46 Haven Rd. BH13 7LP 46 Haven Road Canford Cliffs BH13 7LE
Ashley Road Central Convenience 194, Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BY
Ashley Road Post Office 217 Ashley Road West, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9DT
Parkstone News 233 Ashley Road, Parkstone BH14 9DS
Waitrose Parkstone 311-313 Ashley Road BH14 0AP
D J Brooking 420 Ashley Road Parkstone BH14 0AA
Waterstones – Poole 18 Towngate Shopping Centre Poole BH15 1ER
Poole Welcome Centre Enefco House, 19 The Quay, Poole BH13 1HJ
Broadstone Post Office 14 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone BH18 8AG
Tourist Information Centre 29 High Stree, Wimborne BH21 1HR
Waitrose Wimborne Rowlands Hill BH21 1AN
Central Stores 443 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown BH22 9NA
Gracesons News 16 Fulwood Avenue, Bearcross BH11 9NJ
Central Stores 8 – 10 Cunningham Crescent, West Howe BH11 8DU
Castle Cameras 329, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH 9 2AD
Waitrose Winton 345 Wimborne Road BH9 2AD
Waterstones – Castlepoint Castlepoint Castle Lane West BH8 9UY
BP Castle Lane East 771 Castle Lane East BH7 7DP
Waitrose Stockbridge Road, Winchester SO22 6EL
Village Hotel Wessex Fields, Deansleigh Road, Bournemouth BH7 7DZ
Londis Stour Road 108 -110 Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1JP
Tourist Information Centre 49 The High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AS
Christchurch News 60 High Street Christchurch BH23 1BN
Avon Beach Ltd (Cafe) Avon Beach, Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 4AN
Waitrose Christchurch 33 Bargates BH23 1QD
Town Common News 2 St Catherines Parade, Fairmile Road, Christchurch BH23 2LQ
Londis (marlow drive) 1-2 Town Centre, Marlow Drive, Christchurch BH23 2RR
Hurn Post Office Matchams Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6AN
Lunns of Ringwood 13 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DG
Waitrose Ringwood The Furlong Centre Ringwood BH24 1AT
Waterstones Ringwood 16-17 Furlong Centre, Ringwood BH24 1AT
Ringwood Gateway The Furlong Centre Ringwood BH24 1AT
Farwells 8 North Street, Wareham BH20 4AF
Tourist Information Centre Wareham Library, Wareham BH20 4LR
Tourist Information Centre The White House, Shore Rd, Swanage BH19 1LB
Tourist Information Centre 11 Antelope Walk, Dorchester DT1 1BE


When is it?

28th August to 31st August.

When are the Red Arrow flight times?

Thursday 3.15pm

Friday 3pm

Saturday 4.35pm

Sunday 12.10pm

When is the Vulcan flying?


When is the Eurofighter Typhoon flying?

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

When is the Canadian Lancaster flying?

Displaying with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Saturday and Sunday.

Where can I get ship open to visitor tickets?

HMS Westminster will be open to visitors Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Free timed tickets will be available from the Royal Navy Village from 10am each day. Tickets (subject to terms & conditions), will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

What time does flying start on each day?

Thurs 1.25pm

Fri 12.30pm

Sat 12.30pm

Sun 11.45pm

What time does the festival open?

The Air Festival site opens from 10am over the four days.

How much does it cost?

The Bournemouth Air Festival is a free event. The only event visitors pay for are the Night Air at the Piers concerts at Boscombe on the Friday and Saturday.

Where can I find out more?, follow us on Twitter @BmthAirFest / #bmthairfest or like us on Facebook – Bournemouth Air Festival. Or visit Tourist Information Centre on Westover Road.

Does the land train run?

No it doesn’t – the seafront is too busy for it to operate.
Do the cliff lifts still operate? Yes, both East and West cliff lifts operate during the Air Festival.

What is Night Air/ what goes on? Evening entertainment – Thursday, Friday and Saturday Live music, street entertainment, flying displays & fireworks Takes place in the Lower Gardens, East Overcliff (Manor Road junction), and seafront for fireworks, live music stages and dusk displays.

What time does Night Air start?

Thursday, Fri and Sat at 6.15pm on the East Overcliff for RM Command Recruiting Team and then HM Royal Marine Band performing the Beat Retreat 6.30pm

Flying display starts 7.15pm every night. Who is performing at Boscombe Pier Corona Wave105 stage? Friday – Rixton, Rizzle Kicks, Loveable Rogues and Alexa Goddard Saturday – Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Struts, Sigma, Jack Savoretti, Nell Bryden *This is a ticketed event* Where can I get tickets and how much are they?

Tickets are £8 each and available from or in person from the BIC.

Who is performing at the Bournemouth stage?

Thursday – Silver Beatles Friday – Bootleg Blondie Saturday – Abba Chique

All starts 8.30pm and this is free

What time are the fireworks?

10pm Friday and Saturday near Bournemouth Pier and beach pyrotechnics after Thursday and Friday night dusk displays.

Where’s the best place to park?

Plenty of town centre parking but we advise you use the ‘Park and Ride’ service.

How much does Park and Ride cost? £10 per group (maximum 7 people).

Where are the Park and Ride locations? Kings Park BH7 7AF Littledown BH7 7DX Redhill BH9 2SW
What are the ‘Park & Ride’ opening hours? Kings Park

Thursday 9.15am – 11.30pm (last bus at 10.45pm) Friday 8am – 11.30pm (last bus at 10.45pm) Saturday 8am – 11.30pm (last bus at 10.45pm) Sunday 8am – 7pm (last bus at 6.30pm)

Littledown Saturday and Sunday only Saturday 8am – 11.30pm (last bus at 10.45pm) Sunday 8am – 7pm (last bus at 6.30pm)

Redhill ParkThursday 9.15am – 11.30pm (last bus 10.45pm) Friday 8am – 11.30pm (last bus at 10.45pm) Saturday 8am – 11.30pm (last bus at 10.345pm) Sunday 8am – 7pm (last bus at 6.30pm).

Is there disabled parking and viewing? Yes, but it is limited – disabled parking drop-off point is at the bottom of Sea Road at Boscombe Pier. Accessible car-parks are at Sea Road and the Winter Gardens (250 spaces). There is accessible viewing available at MonkeyIsland (80 car parking spots).

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes you can but please use the bins provided for rubbish! There will be plenty of food and drink available on site between the Piers and along the East Overcliff.
Can you bring dogs or guide dogs to the Air Festival?

Yes, but they must be on a lead and are not allowed on the beach.

Will the beaches still be open?


Can I still go in the sea?

Yes – but only within the exclusion zones.

Is there a lost and found for children?

Yes – LV=Kidzone operates long the seafront, wristbands are available from Seafront Offices.

Can I cycle? You can cycle to the event and use the cycle racks located throughout the town.

Will there be a map of the event available?

Yes – in the Air Festival brochure.

Where can I buy the Air Festival brochure from?

You can pre-order online or visit the TIC. Other stockists are selling and a list is online and click ‘brochure’.

 How much is it? The brochure costs £6 with £1 from every copy divided between the 2014 Air Festival charities – Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, The Jon Egging Trust, The British Lung Foundation and the Not Forgotten Association.

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Twitter, a list of Bournemouth Air Festival tweets

    • Don't rush off, at 5.30pm The Royal Navy gun salute will mark the departure of the ships from the Festival
    • RT : Due to a building fire in Lansdowne - there may be some disruption, and buses are already diverting.
    • What a way to end this years flying! We're off to recharge our batteries. Let's do it all again next year 20 - 23 August 2015