Crowds and safety at the Air Festival

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.  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 #SeeitSayitSorted. 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 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.

Will there be any searching?

It’s safety first at the festival and you will notice enhanced security this year, with uniformed police and security staff, and you may also be searched at the entry or within the site.

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 – good news you don’t have to book or pay to view from the bay

Lost children:

It’s a big show site, so do make sure your children have a LV=Kidzone wristband, available from the Tourist Information Centre at Bournemouth Pier Approach and from members of the team – LV=KidZone, Seafront rangers or an RNLI Lifeguard tower. Also take a moment to read the RNLI ten top tips for a safe summer at the seaside.  Do make sure you have an arranged meeting place (as an idea check out the numbered lamp posts nearest your beach spot), stewards, security and members of the Air Festival team (in pink t-shirts) or the Seafront team (in turquoise t-shirts), are always on hand to help.

Be prepared:

Beach wear is always a must – t-shirt, hat and sunglasses and if it looks like it’s going to be hot always pack sun cream, hats, water to stay hydrated and, if possible, umbrella for shade, plan ahead by using the beach check page.

…most importantly, have a great time!