What are the dates this year?

The Bournemouth Air Festival 2018 will take place 30th August to 2nd September

Do the cliff lifts still operate?

The Westcliff and Fishermans Walk lifts are both operating, but due to the landslide last year the Eastcliff lift is not.

Can I bring my dog/guide dogs to the Air Festival?

Yes, but they must be on a lead and are not allowed on the beach. Please check the website here for more information regarding dog friendly beaches.

Is there a lost and found for children?

Yes – LV=Kidzone operates along the seafront, wristbands are available from the Tourist Information Centre at Pier Approach.

How do I get to the Festival site from the town centre?

You can get to the site through the Lower Gardens which lead straight to the seafront (and turn left!).

Can I walk? How far is it?

You can walk from the train station; it takes about 30mins but buses run every 5mins to the town centre.

Where’s the best place to park?

We recommend visitors use the park and ride service, details of which will  be available shortly.  However there are a number of car parks in the town centre which can be found online at

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 (BH5 1BN) and the Winter Gardens (BH2 5AQ with 250 spaces). There is accessible viewing available at Monkey Island, at the end of East Overcliff Drive (80 car parking spots).

For more information on blue badge parking in the town, you may wish to contact Borough Council Parking Services.

Are there any road closures I need to be aware of?

The East Overcliff is closed to public access and if you are a resident you will be made aware of the closures in place.

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.

Will the beaches still be open?


Can I still go in the sea?

Yes – but there is limited bathing, only outside the exclusion zones. We recommend you swim either side of the Piers.

Can I cycle?

You can cycle to the event and leave your bike in one of the cycle racks located throughout the town. Unfortunately you are not allowed to cycle along the seafront so will have to dismount and walk with your bike along the festival site.

What time does flying start on each day? (approx daily times)

Flying times vary each day.  There is no flying before 12 noon. Start times will be published on the website nearer to the event

What time does the festival open?

The Air Festival site opens from 10am each day.

What are the Red Arrow display times?

These will be announced shortly

Where’s the best place to view the flying?

The festival site is 1.5 miles long between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers – there’s a whole beach to choose from as well as the East Overcliff!

Where is the central flight line?

The flight line, or datum, is directly over the top of the Hospitality marquee in Zone1.

Is there are cash point located on the festival site?

There is a cash point at Pier Approach by the main entrance to the Pier Amusements.

Are the air displays suitable for young children?

The Air Festival is a great family event, but the for some younger children the noisy jets can be rather loud, if you are worried it’s an idea to bring ear defenders!

We will be watching the air displays from our boat - are there designated areas or restrictions?

The maritime safety zone map will be available online shortly

What is Night Air/ what goes on?

Night Air is the evening entertainment staged across the Air Festival site Thursday, Friday and Saturday from approx. 6pm.  Dusk displays in the skies, entertainment in the lower Gardens and RM Unarmed Combat on the East Overcliff. There’s also live music on the Bournemouth stage from 8pm.

What live music is there this year?

To be announced

Are there fireworks and what time are they?

Yes, Friday and Saturday at 10pm

Can I fly my drone at the Air Festival?

No. drones are banned at the event.  Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are strictly not allowed to be flown at the event site, please do not bring any UAS or UAV’s to the festival.  It is against the law for any of these craft to be flown within the Restricted Airspace that is established at the Air Festival to protect participating aircraft and display teams.  Organisers are under strict rules to cancel the flying display programme if drones are flying in the dedicated approved air space.  Please be aware drone operators will be prosecuted.

How have organisers of the Air Festival responded to recent tragedies at public events?

As with all major events, we have an extensive and robust event plan, covering all elements of operations.  We work with stakeholders, Dorset Police and other emergency services to provide the best possible experience for people attending the Air Festival.  The threat level is currently the same as last year, but as with all other national and major events, there will be additional high visibility patrols by uniformed officers in place, in addition to the measures put in place in 2016.  As always, we remind everybody to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious.

Where can I find a coach drop off point?

During the Air Festival coach drop off points are available on Westover Road (BH1 2BU). Coach parking: Queens Road coach and car park (BH2 6BE) will be available for coach parking on all four days of the festival. Please note: coach parking at Kings Park will not be available during the duration of the Air Festival. .

Is there any live streaming of the Air Festival?

Yes, live streaming will be available.



Does the land train run?

No, unfortunately it doesn’t – the seafront is too busy for it to operate.

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