Be part of Bournemouth Air Festival

Dates for this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival have been announced, presenting an opportunity for businesses and sponsors to participate in the world’s biggest land and air festival by the sea.  

Bournemouth Air Festival, organised by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council, will return on Thursday 29 August – Saturday 31 August this year.   

Another jam-packed programme of world-class aerobatic displays will take to the skies, while plenty of entertainment for all ages will be accessible along 1.5 miles of award-winning coastline. 

Fairground rides, Pier to Pier trading, fireworks, vintage displays, demonstrations from the Army and Navy, exciting night air displays and plenty more is all to be expected at this year’s festival.  

The landmark event is also hoping to inspire budding engineers with an enhanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Village on the beach. Further to its success in 2023, the innovation-inspired village will feature unique demonstrations and displays from industry-leading companies, both local and national.  

Across four days, more than 600,000 people attended the last Bournemouth Air Festival. Over 11,000 copies of the official programme were sold; Bournemouth Air Festival social media accounts, which boast a combined following of more than 110,000 people, achieved over 1.8 million engagements; and the dedicated webpage was visited by over 1.4 million users.  

Participating brands and sponsors, which have previously included Porsche, Sunseeker, Rowse and Marriott, each benefitted from the equivalent of £3.5 million in advertising value, while the festival itself was detailed in over 1,400 items of coverage from local, national and international media.  

BCP Council is now inviting sponsors, traders and exhibitors to come forward to register interest in being part of this year’s festival, which has the largest single audience of any aviation event in Europe. 

As only a limited number of spaces are available, we advise registering interest early to avoid disappointment.  

Amanda Barrie, Director of Commercial Operations at BCP Council, said:  

“With its iconic planes, aerobatics, plentiful entertainment and welcoming family-friendly atmosphere, Bournemouth Air Festival is a fantastic finale to the summer, drawing in crowds far and wide. 

“This year we’re planning to make the festival even more memorable; listen out for further announcements regarding the event programme in the coming months.” 

Councillor Millie Earl, Portfolio Holder for Tourism at BCP Council, continued:  

“Bournemouth Air Festival marks a huge opportunity for sponsors, traders and exhibitors to get in front of consumers, grow and bring fresh eyes to their brand. The festival has the potential to bring a wealth of opportunities, whether your business is local, national or international.  

“Whether you choose to sponsor display acts or the STEM Village, take a prime trading location on the cliff or beach, or have your brand featured in the widely sold official festival programme, the event is a chance to make meaningful connections and develop new relationships.” 

Since last Summer, BCP Council has prioritised working with businesses and external organisations to operate a collaboratively funded, sustainable festival in 2024. 

Looking forward, the council is now inviting expressions of interest from operators to manage and deliver Bournemouth Air Festival in its entirety from 2025 onwards, enabling forward-thinking businesses and organisations to take the lead in continually growing, developing and building the event into a one of a kind ‘Festival of the Air’ spectacle. 

Councillor Earl added: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity to run, grow and shape an impactful event that has made a significant contribution to the local tourism economy over its remarkable 16-year history.  

“Consistently attracting over half a million visitors, Bournemouth Air Festival boasts an eclectic atmosphere, with day and evening air displays and entertainment attracting a broad demographic. If you think your business could help to grow and develop the festival, and the festival could help you to grow and develop your business, we’d love to hear from you.” 

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the business community, council officers and BCP Cabinet members who, amid passionate public appeal, have worked together on these plans to organise a sustainably funded festival this year, and in years moving forward.  

“Our area is built on a visitor economy and these plans are about supporting the businesses that depend on the festival with a sustainable, long-term strategy. We also recognise the cultural value it brings in making the area a great place to live, work and play, and I’m excited to see what the future will bring.”  

Sponsors, traders and exhibitors who would like to register interest in being part of the festival in 2024, should email Ali Perrins, Event Manager, at or apply online here: 

View the sponsorship prospectus here on the Air Festival website. 

Parties interested in managing the and delivering the Bournemouth Air Festival from 2025 onwards must express an interest through the Council’s eTendering website (ProContract).  

The deadline for expressions of interest is 2pm on Friday 01 March 2024.  


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Two-week countdown to air festival

The countdown is on for the Bournemouth Air Festival as more displays and attractions are announced. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the town on 31 August for the free four-day event. 

In a first for the festival, the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco plane will join the line up and making their debut will be the Starlings Aerobatic team, who will bring a two aircraft aerobatic display to the event. 

Visitors will be treated to a new performance by former RAF Tornado pilot Richard Goodwin in his unique G-JPIT bi-plane, which he has recently reengineered to include two ATM Lynx Jet engines. 

Making a welcome return will be the Yakovlev 50 and the Norwegian Historical Squadron with their classic jet the deHavilland Vampire FB.52  

The Night Air programme will include The Firebirds Display Team and Otto the Schweizer 300C helicopter with their vibrant pyrotechnics, not forgetting the Typhoon with its roaring night display. 

Back on land, and in another first for the festival, Madame MOJO’s Cabaret Club will be offering performances throughout the four days. 

Visitors can also take advantage of funfairs, big screens showing films and 1.5 miles of food and drink stalls. 

Portfolio Holder for Connected Communities and Tourism, Cllr Millie Earl, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back for this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival.  

“An incredible amount of work has gone into ensuring this event will be fun for everyone. 

Festival Director Jon Weaver said: “We encourage everyone to travel sustainably to the festival and try the Park and Ride, walk or cycle their own bike or a Beryl bike to the festival.  

“If you are from out of town, we have some excellent coach operators offering great prices down to the festival. 

“We’ve been made aware of planned strike action on the trains on Saturday 2 September and we are waiting for confirmation on how this will affect trains. Please check the South Western Railway website for more information. 

“While enjoying the festival, please help keep our beautiful seafront clean by recycling and disposing of your rubbish responsibly and leaving only footprints.” 

Also returning to the festival will be the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, who will be performing Sunday morning 11am-12pm and the Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony in the Lower Gardens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6.45pm. 

The Commando Recruiting Team will be giving Unarmed Combat demonstrations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6.20pm. 

Crowd favourites the Red Arrows will perform at 5.30pm on Thursday, 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 2.45pm on Sunday. You can get up to date access to the full Flying programme by purchasing the Coronation Souvenir programme here. 

The RAF Typhoon will display each day and the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster will perform the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. 

There’s still time to snap up the last few VIP hospitality tickets for the best view of the festival here. 

Editor’s notes: 

For more information on Morebus routes through the festival see here. Thanks to the current government bus subsidies, the fare is £2 per single journey, so it’s cheaper than ever to travel by bus and a greener way too.  

For more information on train strikes, please visit the South Western Railway website. 

Buy tickets to Madame Mojo’s Cabaret club here. 

For information on what BCP Council are doing to make the festival more sustainable, please see here. 

For more information on the displays and aircraft as they are being announced please go to the Bournemouth Air Festival website or stay up to date on social media: Facebook: @bournemouthairfestival, Instagram: bmthairfest, Twitter: @BmthAirFest   

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Inspiring the next generation

Primary school children who won a competition to inspire future engineers will get to meet the Red Arrows at this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival.

Six winners from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole primary schools won the competition to design a paper aeroplane.

They will now meet the world class RAF pilots at this year’s free four-day event, organised by BCP Council.

The winners will be taken on a tour of the festival’s Ultra Energy STEM Village (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), which features exciting demonstrations from local STEM companies.

All primary schools in the BCP Council area were also invited to an exclusive Question and Answer online event with the Red Arrows in late June.

About 130 classes and 3,300 children took part in the event, which featured Flt Lt Patrick Kershaw from the Red Arrows and promoted the Ultra Energy STEM Village.

The pilot, known as Red 5, spoke about his fondness for Bournemouth and how he would be looking forward to seeing the children wave as he flew over for this year’s air festival.

A spokesperson from Stourfield Infants School said: “Thank you for giving our school the opportunity to take part in today’s Q and A with Red 5.

“The children have been talking about it all day. He has truly inspired a whole school, so many aspiring to be a Red Arrows’ pilot.

“We’ve had lots of paper aeroplane making in Sparkle Time this afternoon, the playground was definitely a very busy runway!”

One winner of the paper aeroplane competition was Dylan Goodman from Winton Primary School, whose brightly coloured design caught the attention of the judges.

Dylan’s mother Sarah Goodman said: “Dylan is aviation mad, and it’s been his dream for as long I can remember to join the RAF and be a Red Arrow pilot, so this is an incredible opportunity for him!”

He will join winners from Heatherlands Primary School, Parkfield School, St Clement’s and St John’s Infant School, Talbot Heath and Christchurch Infants.

Councillor Richard Burton, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, said: “This community engagement has really helped us inspire the next generation of schoolchildren into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“If you’re a budding engineer, or you’re just interested in how things work, please do visit the Ultra Energy STEM Village at this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival.

“It will feature games and interactive displays on topics such as virtual reality, lifeboats that save lives at sea and zero-carbon technology.

“Some of the region and nation’s top experts specialising in various STEM sectors will be there, such as the RNLI and Rolls Royce. It’s not to be missed!”

Squadron Leader Tom Bould, Team Leader and Red 1 of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “STEM subjects power the work of the Red Arrows and are at the core of so many roles within the RAF.

“We’ve all been very impressed by the creativity and ingenuity in all in the children’s paper aeroplane designs. Every entry was a possible winner!”

Paul Hine, Ultra Energy’s STEM Ambassador, said: “Applying STEM to the world’s challenges is often the only way we’ll solve them.

“This year our stand will bring to life a zero-carbon theme with interactive games exploring how nuclear energy works and how we make it safe and controllable. We can’t wait to see you there!”

Visit the Ultra Energy STEM Village on the East Cliff at the Bournemouth Air Festival 31 August – 3 September 2023.

Editor’s notes:

See a list of all exhibitors at:

Ultra Energy – Ultra Energy – this year’s STEM Village sponsor, based in Ferndown. It’s goal is to see nuclear energy fulfil its net zero potential by engineering innovative safety solutions that help nuclear companies succeed. Website –

RNLI – with cutting edge technology the RNLI saves lives at sea. RNLI engineers design, build or maintain the charity’s lifeboats and stations or have a supporting role in finance, HR, planning or administration. Website –

Thales – this year’s display appearance supporter of the RAF Chinook Display Team. From the credit card in your pocket, your passport, your secure online banking and supporting UK’s Army, Navy and Air Force, Thales teams harness the extraordinary power of technology to build a future we can all trust. Website –

Rolls Royce – Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea and on land. We harness the potential of cutting edge technologies to create safe, cleaner and more efficient power and propulsion solutions. Website –

Micro Nav Limited the leading, award-winning specialist producer of Air Traffic Control simulators with an unbroken track record since 1988. Website – Micro Nav

Yunex Traffic –  a world leader in intelligent traffic systems, offering the widest end-to-end portfolio of solutions for adaptive traffic control and management. Website – Yunex

Spherea Test & Services Ltd– an international group providing complex test solutions for aerospace and defence platforms, systems and equipment. Website –

Superior Seals Ltd  – a leading manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals  Website Superior Seals Ltd

Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd – the UK’s largest fractional horsepower electric motor manufacturer and supplier, with state of the art manufacturing and service facilities.  Website Parvalux

AUB (Arts University Bournemouth) – a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries. Website –

Centre VR – Europe’s largest virtual reality arenas and escape room venues. Over 100 amazing experiences for seven-year-olds to adults. Website –

Bournemouth University – a university that inspires learning, advances knowledge and enriches society worldwide, through research, education, and the impact of its staff, students and graduates –

KW Engineering – an engineered aerospace component company based in Poole –

IMI Thompson Valves Ltd – designing, manufacturing, assembling and testing high integrity pneumatic and hydraulic flow control devices.  Website – IMI Thompson Valves 

Leonardo – sponsor of the Typhoon Display Team this year, Leonardo is a global high-tech company and a leading player in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Website –

AECC University College – specialist health sciences university, delivering high-quality education, research, clinical and consultancy services in chiropractic, physiotherapy, psychology, radiology and imaging sciences. Website –

For more information on the displays and aircraft as they are being announced please go to the Bournemouth Air Festival website or stay up to date on social media: Facebook: @bournemouthairfestival, Instagram: bmthairfest, Twitter: @BmthAirFest

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Land, Air, Sea and Stem

This year’s much anticipated Bournemouth Air Festival is set to engage with a new audience as confirmation of a new STEM area, sponsored by Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK), is taking residence on the East Overcliff. STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas and challenges of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Located next to the RAF Village area the Atlas Elektronik UK STEM marquee will see a number of high profile local, regional and multinational companies and experts specialising in various STEM sectors gathered in one place. They will be on hand and ready to introduce and inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, researchers, IT specialists, games developers and more.

Lisa Bowyer, Head of HR from AEUK said; “The Air Festival is the perfect platform to showcase careers specialising in a STEM education. The opportunities are vast, exciting and dynamic, there’s so much possibility. We’re delighted to be supporting this new area, to engage, offer advice and hopefully inspire children and young adults to choose a fulfilling and motivating STEM career.

Participating and on hand to talk to will be expert advice and representation from AIM Altitude, AEUK, Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, Bournemouth & Poole College, Bournemouth University, Cobham Mission Systems, Curtiss-Wright, Draken, EXplora Science Technology and Discovery Centre, RNLI, Spherea Test & Services Ltd, Ultra Electronics and Signature Technicair.

Jon Weaver Air Festival Director added: “It’s great to work with such leading STEM representation from the local and regional area. It represents something new in the festival along with other changes we’re making to introduce maritime. The bigger air-displays have already been announced – and there’s more to come.

Councillor Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture said: “It’s more great news for the air festival – along with last week’s RAF announcements. As always, we’ll keep our preparations rolling forward while staying attuned to any further developments and government announcements.

Regarded as the UK’s most successful civilian air show with brilliant day and night-time entertainment in the skies, on land and in the evening, the 2021 Air Festival takes place
2nd – 5th September.

Bournemouth Air Festival Announces the greatest RAF line up in five years

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows will be looping, rolling, and putting the famous red, white and blue coloured trails on as they take to the skies of the UK’s greatest air event later this year. The RAF line up will also feature the awesome Typhoon and much loved Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

Coming back with gusto the Red Arrows will display Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September. Typhoon and the BBMF also performing across all four days – this is the first time all three RAF display teams have been part of the festival line up since 2016.

Squadron Leader Tom Bould, who is the new Red 1 and Team Leader for 2021, said: “Bournemouth is certainly one of our favourite UK venues, like so many display teams we missed the thrill of home airshows last year.

“We’re all certainly looking forward to entertaining the hundreds of thousands of spectators on the beach, it’s going to be really special to be back where we belong, performing and inspiring the next generation of pilots and engineers.”

As always spectators will be amazed by the team’s pinpoint precision as they demonstrate their breath-taking synchronised formation and astonishing aerobatics – which will include a number of new manoeuvres for the 2021 display season.  The Typhoon, with it’s new dedicated call sign of ANARCHY1, also makes a welcome return as does the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – which this year features the full line up historical line up Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire.

Flight Lieutenant James Sainty, 2021 Typhoon Display Pilot said; “The team had a great time at the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2019 and can’t wait to be back again later this year!”

Jon Weaver Air Festival Director added; “It’s fantastic to have confirmation of not only the incredible Red Arrows but also the Typhoon and BBMF. We all missed the air festival last year and great news like this does give us real positivity that we will be in a great position by the end of the summer.  As always we’ll keep our preparations rolling forward while staying attuned to any further developments and government announcements.”

Councillor Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture said; “Since the start of 2021 we’ve been determined to make this the year of ‘bounce back’. To engineer the fastest possible recovery for businesses and for jobs – and to help people back outdoors. We’re staying positive – our Festival Coast Live is now well under way with preparations – we just need the weather! And this latest news from our partners in the Air Festival is a massive boost for everyone involved.”

Exact Red Arrow display times to be confirmed, for more information please check social media and nearer the time.

The annual Bournemouth Air Festival on land, in the air and at sea, with fantastic day to night entertainment, takes places 2nd – 5th September 2021. A free festival, located across a unique seafront site, he perfect place to watch the action is at the heart of the festival, in the VIP hospitality marquee, for more information please visit


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A quick, easy and efficient way to travel to Bournemouth is via South Western Railway. Trains regularly run from London Waterloo and takes as little as 1hour 46mins to reach the UK’s premier seaside resort, home to the UK’s Best Beach (TripAdvisor 2019).

Sunseeker Partners With Bournemouth Air Festival 2021

From sky to sea – Sunseeker partners with Bournemouth air festival in a record-breaking parade of new and classic sunseeker boats

Sunseeker has partnered with the Bournemouth Air Festival for 2021 to create a spectacular display of new and classic Sunseeker yachts. On Saturday 4th September, Sunseeker owners are invited to join an official ‘Parade’ in front of thousands of Air Festival spectators. Sunseeker is calling for owners to take part and help become part of an extraordinary event by bringing together the largest number of Sunseekers in history.

This follows last year’s hugely successful inaugural Sunseeker Parade as part of the grand opening of its VIP Showcase in Poole, where dozens of boats took to the seas in a commemorative voyage of a lifetime, culminating with a visit to its shipyard on Poole Quay.

The Bournemouth Air Festival draws thousands of spectators each year and remains the UK’s best-attended seaside festival. This year the event is set to return Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th September and Sunseeker is delighted to be involved in bringing the festival back to the local area with new maritime entertainment.

Bryan Jones, Marketing Manager at Sunseeker International, commented: “The Air Festival is such a fantastic local event and one of the best vantage points to view the amazing displays is definitely on the water where boats are invited to anchor. We are delighted to be supporting the event this year and hope to welcome a record number of our fantastic owners to get involved in the Parade and put on something unique for festival-goers to enjoy. We are always blown away by the enthusiasm of our owners who make these events possible and we hope to make this one of the highlights of 2021. We’re used to breaking records but with so many owners involved, this is going

to be truly momentous.”

Added Jon Weaver Air Festival Director; “The Air Festival provides a great platform to showcase the prominent international status of local brands, and in particular Sunseeker based in Poole. We hope this is the beginning of a strong partnership that demonstrates this Festival has a wide programme of activity on land, sea and air.”

If you own a Sunseeker and would like to take part in the Sunseeker Parade on Saturday 4th September 2021, please register your interest.



Enya Lumley or Nicola McKenna

McKenna Townsend

Tel: +44 (0)1425 472330


Bryan Jones

Marketing Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1202 381111



About Sunseeker International Limited:

Sunseeker is the world’s leading brand for luxury performance motor yachts. Originally named Poole Power Boats, the company was founded by brothers Robert and John Braithwaite in 1969. The company changed its name to Sunseeker International in 1985 and has since become a global icon, with every Sunseeker the result of an uncompromising and unmatched approach to design, craftsmanship and performance.

In August 2013 a majority stake in the business was acquired by Wanda Group, the Beijing headquartered conglomerate with strong footprints across China, Europe and the US. Wanda Group is a committed long-term shareholder providing strong financial and strategic backing for Sunseeker’s continued growth and success.

From its manufacturing base in Poole, Dorset on the south coast of England, Sunseeker employs c.2,000 people and produces around 150 boats every year ranging from 38-161 feet with 95% being exported – see

Poole is also the home to Sunseeker’s dedicated Design & Technology Centre, a unique facility which vertically integrates every detail of the yachts from the initial concept designs through to the finishing details including furniture, complex electrical systems, helm consoles and soft furnishings. As Sunseeker produces these components in its own dedicated facility, it is able to offer exceptionally high quality control, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

In 2022, Sunseeker International will launch its first production yacht with hybrid power.

Sunseeker’s continual investment in research and development is evident, not only in the application of world-class innovation, but also in the design and construction of its boats. New materials and propulsion systems are continually developed and introduced to the range to offer improved environmental impact, better handling and better comfort on board. Going forward, Sunseeker is investing in new materials and features to improve sound and ambient air quality for its customers.

When customers want something even more distinctive, buyers of the larger Yacht and Superyacht models can benefit from the company’s ‘Bespoke’ customisation service which allows individual customers to personalise their yacht.

Demand for the company’s larger models continues to grow year-on-year with more than 141 yachts over 100 feet in length already delivered since 2000. This increase in demand for larger models has been the driving force behind the recent launch of the company’s Superyacht Division and its truly momentous plans to expand its manufacturing into the world of metal-built yachts. This exciting new development will see Sunseeker produce its largest superyacht ever, the magnificent 50M Ocean, launching in 2023.

Working very closely with 120 retail & service locations in 74 countries, service and product support is a key priority in maintaining customer satisfaction.

As a prominent business within the county and one of Dorset’s largest employers, Sunseeker continues its work with charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that resonates with its employees who have already raised donations approaching £100,000 during just two years. In addition, it continues its support of their annual Dorset Bike Ride which has raised over £1million since Sunseeker’s involvement began.

Most recently Sunseeker announced a long-term partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves around the world and improving biodiversity. With the future of healthy seas and oceans at risk, Sunseeker supports BLUE in its widest sense including a unique campaign titled ‘Project Menorca’ which will focus on the island’s marine environment. Working closely with BLUE, the new partnership will establish a recognised model of conservation, supported by local partners on the island including the Menorca Preservation Fund.

The Sunseeker range constantly sets new standards and benchmarks. From the majestic Superyacht and Yachts range, through to the luxurious Manhattan range, the iconic Predator models, dynamic Sports Yacht and the agile Performance range, each Sunseeker is the result of an uncompromising approach to innovative design and engineering excellence. Never settling for second best, it is this spirit of excellence that has driven Sunseeker to its pre-eminent position in the leisure marine industry today.

The current 20 boat range consists of:

Superyacht 50M Ocean, 42M Ocean, 131, 116

Yacht 100, 95, 90 Ocean, 88, 86, 76 Sport Yacht 74, 65 Predator 74, 60 EVO™, 55 EVO™, 50 Manhattan 68, 66, 55, 52

Performance Hawk 38

BCP to extend the cancellation of outdoor events until end of August 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020 

Joint media release by BCP Council and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Destination Management Board

‘Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole take difficult decision to extend the cancellation of outdoor events until end of August 2020.

Major events and festivals including Bournemouth Air Festival that were due to go ahead this summer have been cancelled due to the continued impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Responding to the government’s guidance on the outbreak, BCP Council – with support of Destination Management Board – has taken the decision not to permit outdoor events on council public open space until the end of August 2020.

This includes, the cancellation of BCP Council organised events – the Bournemouth Air Festival, Summer Fireworks and summer events programme on Poole Quay.  Other events that have had to be cancelled include BSO Concerts in Meyrick Park and Christchurch Food Festival.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said; “Our immensely popular summer events programme, including the Bournemouth Air Festival, attracts millions of visitors to the area bringing over £32 million income to our local businesses and supports the council’s services through our seafront offering.

“In response to the recent government guidance around the easing of lockdown, it will no longer be possible that events planned to take place this summer in public outdoor open space can go ahead.

“Cancelling major events and festivals is a decision we don’t take lightly. The most important consideration is the health of our residents, and the safety of everyone involved including visitors, festival goers, exhibitors, traders, staff, contractors, and the many more who contribute and play a part in delivering those much-loved events.

“Our NHS and emergency services have coped incredibly well during the Covid-19 pandemic and we would not want to risk this changing, or to try to manage events whilst adhering to government measures and advice including on social distancing.

“The government’s guidance indicated that hospitality businesses are not likely to open before July.  We know there are many hotels, restaurants, bars and local contractors serving this industry whose livelihoods rely on the summer events programme and we want to assure those businesses – including the 17,000 plus people employed in this sector – that BCP Council will do everything we can to support you and work together with you to come through this.

“We’re looking at every feasible option to help to sustain this industry, and with this we have already committed to deliver a refreshed Air Festival in 2021.”

BCP Council and Destination Management Board for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will continue to work together in lobbying central government to ensure this vital sector is fully supported through the national recovery plan.

David Bailey, Chairman of the Destination Management Board, said; “The Board fully understands the decision taken by BCP Council. It is very important that as the Destination of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole we show we are taking the sensible measures and demonstrate that in the future we want to offer visitors and residents the safest environment to enjoy the unique tourism and hospitality offer.   We thank BCP Council for its continued support and the confirmation of next year’s Bournemouth Air Festival.”

A Bournemouth Air Festival for next year has been confirmed for Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th September 2021.

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, “Our Proms in the Park concerts hosted in partnership with BCP Council are always a highlight of the summer season in Bournemouth; with audiences dancing away to our live music, the series is always a celebratory moment in the BSO year.  We know that loyal audiences will be sorry to miss the party this year, and we’ll miss you all too, but we look forward to seeing you next year for a spectacular celebration”.


Notes to Editor

All events that were due to take place on council land between now and 31 August 2020 have been cancelled.  These include:




13/14 June 2020

Magic of Thailand Festival

Baiter Park

27 June 2020

Folk in the Quay

Poole Quay

Fridays 3 July – 28 August 2020

Quay for my Car

Poole Quay

4 – 5 July

Reggae Weekender

Kings Park

Tuesdays 7 July -25 August 2020

Dream Machines (Bike Night)

Poole Quay

12 July

Poole Goes Vintage

Poole Quay

10 – 12  July 2020

Sandpolo / Sandfest


Thursdays 23 July -27th August

 Summer Spectacular Fireworks

Poole Quay

25 – 26 July 2020

Mudeford Arts Festival

Mudeford Quay

28 – 30 July 2020

BSO Proms in the Park

Meyrick Park

28 – 30 July 2020

Poole Harbour Festival

Baiter Park

30 July – 2 August

Handball Beach Championships

Poole Seafront

Fridays 31 July – 28 August 2020

Bournemouth Fireworks

Bournemouth Seafront

31 July to 2 August

Poole Harbour Festival

Baiter Park

6 – 8 August 2020

RNLI Funday

Mudeford Quay

8 August 2020

Mini Steam on the Quay

Poole Quay

20 -23 August 2020

Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Seafront

28 – 31 August 2020

Mudeford Seafood Festival

Mudeford Quay

28 – 30 August 2020

Upton Concerts

Upton Country Park

29 – 31 August 2020

Christchurch Food Festival

Christchurch Quay & Town Centre


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The top ten best locations to watch the Air Festival

Whether you want an incredible eye level aircraft view, a beachfront location with planes over head or perhaps you fancy a more relaxed time away from the crowds, there are plenty of perfect places to watch the Air Festival’s aviation action!

If the weather forecasts sunny days and balmy temperatures you can be sure the Air Festival will be busy with families, friends, aircraft enthusiasts and people simply after a fantastic day out – so if you want to be amongst the excitement be sure to get your spot nice and early.

Obviously one of the most convenient places is the beach area near Pier Approach, don’t forget your windbreak and deckchairs available to hire.  You can reach the beach from the Lower Gardens and zig zag slopes and from here Bournemouth’s historic Pier, another great spot to watch the incredible aircraft, is just a moments’ walk.

The display line stretches from Bournemouth Pier to just beyond Boscombe Pier and at the heart of this is another ideal location, the central flight line. Here you’ll also find the official Air Festival Hospitality Marquee, the perfect place to treat family, friends or business associates to a super special first-class day out.

What makes the Air Festival location different to others is the choice of vantage points and the overcliff area offers spectacular eye level views.  It’s busy but the perfect spot to capture images and enjoy the array of cliff top entertainment.

Should you fancy watching the planes away from the hustle and bustle of main festival site you can still see the action from a more relaxed location.  Boscombe beach is perfect, with ample amenities and, although not in the official event air space, you can still see and hear aircraft and display teams towards Southbourne or over the west side of the Pier towards Alum Chine.

Alternatively, if you want the beach front views but your own space why not hire a beach hut along the seafront or perhaps book one of the exclusive Beach Lodges.

With so much choice, perhaps you just want to be at home and hear what’s going on from the comfort of your armchair or deckchair – then simply tune into the Air Festival commentary on 87.7FM

Whatever your idea of the perfect festival location, we’ve got it covered – beachfront fun, cliff top vistas, central flight line experiences, relaxed alternatives, beach hut hire or simply tuning into the radio…we look forward to welcoming you to the another fantastic Air Festival this summer 30th August – 2nd September!