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The 1.5 mile Festival site is located between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, including the East Overcliff. Open from 10am – 10pm, Thursday – Saturday and from 10am – 6pm on Sunday.
This year, there were plenty of big name brands on show, including Audi, Nintendo, Haribo and The Transformers Prime UK tour, bringing a wide-range of interactive displays and exhibitions.
The Royal Navy & Army Village, had a number of great static and interactive displays. Tickets to visit the Royal Navy ship were available from the recruiting stand in the village and were allocated on a first come, first served basis. The RAF Village featured a full size Chinook mock-up, elements of the RAF Central Band and stands from many of the participating display teams including the Red Arrows.
Out to sea the Royal Navy had a range of ships on display, including Type-23 frigate HMS Northumberland and HMS Brocklesby. This year the French navy were also represented with their training ship L’Etoile.
This year’s Night Air entertainment featured fantastic live music at Boscombe and Bournemouth Corona Music stages (Boscombe ticketed), entertainment in the Lower Gardens and seafront, street entertainers, dusk displays, fireworks and other performances.
The fantastic 2013 Air Festival souvenir brochure has sold out!
It was jam-packed with pictures of this year’s display teams, pilots, stats, features and the flying display timetable.
Included with the brochure was a charity wristband – £1 from every copy will be donated between this year’s nominated charities; the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, Hounds for Heroes and the Jon Egging Trust.
There was also a UNIQUE CODE that gave people access to the FLYING DISPLAY TIMETABLE. This was updated throughout the Air Festival, keeping people up to speed with any last minute flying display changes.
Hidden inside 10 copies of the 2013 brochure were special Golden Tickets, offering fantastic Air Festival prizes! Winners had a mixture of a VIP tour of a Royal Navy ship, luxurious Night Air experience with Urban Reef restaurant, fabulous camera from Castle Cameras, VIP tour of RAF Coningsby with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and even a trip to RAF Scampton for a day with the mighty Red Arrows!!!