Bournemouth Air Festival ramps up its search for the region and nation’s best traders

Bournemouth Air Festival ramps up its search for the region and nation’s best traders

The search for a bumper crop of traders to take centre stage at this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival has ramped up.

Festival organisers are anticipating the 2022 festival will be one of the best yet, drawing in more than 800,000 visitors over four days.

Festival director Jon Weaver said they have already received excellent interest from local, regional and national talent with a steady flow of bookings coming in.

He said there was still space for producers and companies from across the country, to help deliver top-quality, exciting and unique experiences for festivalgoers along the seafront.

Mr Weaver said: “Our traders are a huge part of the festival, providing non-stop interest. We want to celebrate them and work with them to make Bournemouth Air Festival a roaring success in 2022.

“In previous years, traders have sold or promoted everything from memorabilia, food products, such as honey or sweets, home products, cars, and financial services. Bournemouth Airport and Rowse have also exhibited.

“We’ve had some fantastic testimonials from companies saying it’s the perfect location to engage with a family audience, receive a consistent footfall and raise company profiles.

“So, get your trade application in without delay and make the most of this opportunity. If you would prefer to really showcase your brand, there are sponsorship opportunities available suitable for every budget.”

This year’s landmark free festival will take place on Thursday 1 September to Sunday 4 and will feature the iconic Red Arrows alongside the mighty Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.

It has the largest single audience of any aviation event in Europe, presenting a wealth of trading and brand engagement opportunities.

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Vibrant Places, said: “This year is going to be very special. There’s a real excitement amongst everyone involved.

“Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are eager to celebrate this Jubilee year, and most importantly to support businesses that have overcome untold challenges since March 2020.

“Now in its 14th year, Bournemouth Air Festival is the biggest date in the area’s calendar, so it represents a major opportunity for traders to get in front of consumers.

“Whether it is tasting, sampling, educating, informing or relationship building, the Air Festival is a fantastic, fun, engaging and inviting event where you can make meaningful connections with people.”

A spokesperson from Bournemouth Airport said their seafront stand in previous years had ensured “great engagement with the public” with “footfall and location superb”. A Rowse spokesperson said: “The Air Festival has been the perfect location to engage with a family audience and receive a consistent footfall throughout the event.”

Traders who would like to register interest should email Ali Perrins, Event Officer, at or apply online here.

Notes to editors:

Please note catering applications for 2022 are now closed.