What are the dates for 2021?

The Bournemouth Air Festival 2021 will take place on the 2nd – 5th September.

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

Varies daily, flying starts early afternoon.

What time does the festival open?

The Air Festival site opens from 10am each day.

What’s new/ different this year?

2020 content to be confirmed

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!

Do the cliff lifts still operate?

The Westcliff and Fishermans Walk lifts are both operating, but due to the landslide in 2016 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 except guide dogs. 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 from the Train Station? How far is it?

Yes; it takes about 30 mins but buses run every 5 mins to the Town Centre.

Where is the best place to park?

We strongly recommend visitors use the Park and Ride service. 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 ( BH1 3BZ with 80 car parking spots). In addition, entering the event site from Boscombe, there is an accessible viewing area on the promenade outside the Surf Steps School (BH5 1BN).

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.  You will be able to view a full map of the closures on the Getting Here pages nearer the time.

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.

Where is the central flight line?

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

Where are the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Marines and RAF Village areas?

The RAF Village has a new location, on the East Overcliff.  Here you can also find the RN dive tank and catering unit. The Royal Navy village, with the Army and Royal Marines, is on the beach in Zone2. There will be vehicles, have-a-go equipment and personnel to speak to.

Where can I get information about the flying programme?

You can buy a copy of the Air Festival brochure, available from outlets – a list of stockists is available on line or from brochure sellers on the day.  Brochure coming soon!

Can I buy the brochure online?

Yes you can now pre-order a copy – Brochure coming soon!

Is there a cash point located on the festival site?

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

Will there be Royal Navy ships in the bay?

2020 content to be confirmed


Will there be any anchorage tours of the Royal Navy ships – how do I get tickets?

To be confirmed

How much does it cost to attend?

The festival is free as is the Night Air entertainment

Where can I find out more about the festival?

Online: | Twitter: @BmthAirFest |

Facebook: /Bournemouthairfestival | Instagram: @bmthairfest
Or visit the Tourist Information Centre at Pier Approach
You can contact the organiser via theses channels as well

Does the land train run?

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

Do the cliff lifts still operate?

The Westcliff and Fisherman’s Walk lifts are both operating, but the Eastcliff lift is not.

Can I book space on the beach or is it first come first served?

First come first served – but casual seating is available near Air Festival Hospitality for £15 – chair, central flight line location with toilet and bar access. Visit for more details and click out the Hospitality page.

Is there hospitality this year and are there tickets still available?

Yes, tickets are still available, please check out the website for more details or call 07761 553910.

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

Yes – as long as they are on a lead you can bring guide dogs to the beach, do remember loud jets can be very loud.  Dogs are only allowed on the promenade on a lead and not the beach. See the Dog Friendly Zones for more information.

Are the air displays suitable for young children?

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

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 prohibited and not 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.

Do I need to be aware of high tides?

Tides to be confirmed.

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

The Maritime Safety Zone Map is available online at, click the ‘Getting Here’ section.

Do we have to book or pay to watch from the bay?

No, you don’t have to book or pay to view.

Will there be any searching?

You will notice enhanced security at the Air Festival this year, with uniformed police and security staff, and you may also be searched at the entry or within the site.

How are both crowd and event safety managed?

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, and as with all other national and major events, there will be high visibility patrols by uniformed officers in place. As always, we remind everybody to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious. You will notice enhanced security at the Air Festival again this year, with visible police, armed police and security staff as well as CCTV monitoring present.

Are there stewards on site if I need assistance?

Yes, stewards in hi-vis vests and Zone Managers in pink t-shirts are on site and ready to assist if/ when needed.

What are you doing to keep visitors safe?

The answer is lots. There are the security measures you can see and of course the ones you can’t. We monitor the whole site each and every day and our staff are trained to ensure all festival goers have a safe, secure and happy time. We work very closely with Dorset Police and teams of onsite security and stewards to ensure our security procedures are up to date and following best practice.

If you’re lucky, you may even see a sniffer dog on duty at the Air Festival but please remember, these are busy working dogs with a very important job to do.

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 there’s also live music on the Bournemouth stage from 8pm

What live music is there this year?

To be confirmed.

Are there fireworks and what time are they?

To be confirmed.

Where’s the best place to see the fireworks?

It’s probably best to locate yourself either on the beach or cliff tops for a higher view.

What time does Night Air entertainment start?

To be confirmed.

What is the Royal Navy doing this year?

To be confirmed.

Is there any Night Air hospitality – if so, can I get tickets now or on the door?

Yes, there are tickets available, please call 07761 553910 or email for details.

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

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

How do I get to the festival site from the train station – 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.

How much does the Park and Ride cost?

Parking is free but there is a charge to use the bus which will drop off at Manor Road (BH1 3EZ), approx. 5 – 10 minute walk to the event site.

Tickets entitle up to 7 people to use the bus (return)

Thursday and Sunday – £10

Friday and Saturday – £12

Where are the Park and Ride locations?

Kings Park BH7 7AF | Open Thursday – Sunday

What are the ‘Park & Ride’ opening hours?

Thursday 9.00am – last bus at 11pm | Friday 9am – last bus at 11pm |
Saturday 9am – last bus at 11pm | Sunday 9am – last bus at 7pm

Where does the Park & Ride drop off?

The buses drop off at Manor Road, approx. 5-10 min walk from the event site.

Will the flyover be closed again as last year?

Yes it will be closed during the daily flying displays.

Will buses be running as normal across Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth?

Yes – check Yellow Buses and More Bus websites or Facebook for up-to-date information and travel times.

What time are the bars open until?

Bars are open until 10pm

Will there be a map of the event available?

Yes – in the Air Festival programme or you can download the official festival app from the app store

Where can I buy the Air Festival programme from in advance?

See the website for list of retailers selling the programme 

Where can I buy a copy at the Festival?

There will be a number of brochure stands in and around the Festival site – including the Lower Gardens, Pier Approach and on the East Cliff.

How much is it?

The brochure costs £6, there will be a donation to Forces nominated charities, Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers Charity, RAF Association and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Still need help?

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