What’s on

The skies will be hosting incredible performances from some of the world’s leading display teams and aircraft, and Night Air performance’s include Lawson, Alesha Dixon, Scouting for Girls, Livin’ Joy, Artful (Mark Hill formerly Artful Dodger), K-Klass and Sarah Harding – check out the videos in the Gallery!

Here’s last year’s video – on the ground, in the air, out at sea and into the evening…

The Air Festival Vulcan souvenir programme is available to buy now online or here is a list of local stockists 

Live Video Stream

In the air

We are currently working on the flying display programme but you will be able to see the Red Arrows display on all 4-days, the awesome Typhoon, Tutor, Hawk T2 Role Demo Team,  Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, SallyB, The Tigers, The Blades, Twister Duo, Tutor and the Vulcan will be flying for the last time, on the south coast, Sunday afternoon, 23rd August.

The brochure is available to pre-order now!  Priced at £8 the brochure is now a bumper 100 pages, jam-packed with information, photos and the all important flying display programme.  £2 from each brochure sold will be donated between the 2015 Air Festival charities

Please check out the Air Festival Facebook page or back here for updates!

NEWS: Red Arrows times CONFIRMED for 2015
Thursday 20 August:       2.15pm
Friday 21 August:             3pm
Saturday 22 August:        1.45pm
Sunday 23 August:           3pm


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.  Check out unarmed combat demonstrations and the historic Beat Retreat (Friday and Saturday) and concert on Thursday (ticketed event)both 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.

Beach Soccer

The 2015 Air Festival welcomes a special beach soccer tournament on Thursday 20th August, 11am – 2pm!

Free to view, the seven-a-side tournament will take place on the beach in the Air Festival Beach Assault Arena in Zone 2, by the Royal Navy Village.

Teams from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force are set to battle for a newly created Air Festival Beach Football trophy.

Organisers are looking for a community team, affiliated with a local amateur football club or professional organisation, to complete the line-up.

Click here to download an application form for your chance to take part!

Please note:

-Teams must be affiliated with a Dorset-based amateur football club or professional body (e.e. a locally based business or public sector organisation).

-Teams must consist of seven players (including goalkeeper), plus substitutes.

-All players must be available to play between 11am and 2pm on Thursday 20th August 2015.

-All players must be willing to be photographed for Air Festival marketing purposes.

-Teams are to provide their own kits (bibs are available as an alternative).

-Footwear will not be permitted.

-The tournament will be organised into two groups and format of play will be in the form a league system, each team playing one match against each of the other teams in their group.

-All games will last five minutes each way.

-Full tournament details and team instructions will be supplied once the participating community team has been selected.

Night Air

If you love live music, this summer’s Night Air is set to be the best to date!  Check out the line up for the Wave 105 Music Stage – get ready for three nights of fantastic music! Click here for tickets.

Thursday – proms on the beach style ‘Power from the Sea’ concert with HM RM Band Collingwood (£15 per ticket)* Click here for a preview

FridayPop Night with Fuse ODG, Alesha Dixon, Lawson, Scouting For Girls and more TBC (£12 per ticket)* Click here for a preview

Saturday – Wave 105 presents ‘Take Off’ a journey through 25 years of dance, with club anthems and DJ sets on the beach from Livin’ Joy ft Luzahnn, K Klass, Karen Harding, Cut Up Boys, Artful (Artful Dodger’s Mark Hill) and Black Box (£12 per ticket)* Click here for a preview

The music stage is in addition to the Night Air dusk air displays (days vary) with the Red Devils, Spitfire, O’Briens Flying Circus, Fire Flies, fireworks, Lower Gardens street entertainment and, on the East Overcliff, RM Band Collingwood performing the Beating Retreat sunset ceremony (Fri and Sat) and Royal Marines Commando Recruiting Team Unarmed Combat (Thurs only will be on the beach opposite the RN Village).

*Ticket prices include booking fee

Pyrotechnics on beach

Artist in Residence

Last year’s Artist in Residence David Bent is back supporting Arts University Bournemouth, this year with a photographic project.

“The BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course, at AUB are excited to be collaborating David Bent. The project gives students the opportunity to use their skills and creativity while working on a fascinating subject, during a festival that is both culturally and economically important to Bournemouth. We look forward to the outcomes, exhibition and publication and hope this will the first of many joint projects.”
Conrad Tracy Course Leader & Principal Lecturer – BA Commercial Photography


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Twitter, a list of Bournemouth Air Festival tweets