British Army soldiers posing for a photo outside their Air show stand

Armed Forces Villages

Located on the beach in Zone 2 at the Royal Navy Village you’ll find personal to speak to, hands on equipment, service charities and interactive demonstrations.
Located next door you’ll also find the Royal Marines and The Army, each offering hands-on experiences and giving festival goers the opportunity to get up close to an array of equipment and vehicles.
Daily at 11:30am, there will be an Unarmed Combat Display

Royal Air Force Village

Located on the East Overcliff, and this year will be home to The Red Arrows and Typhoon trailers, a static Hawk and interactive virtual reality experience – that’s just some of the hands on experiences on offer… there’s plenty to see and do! On the East Overcliff you’ll also find the Royal Navy Dive Tank making a popular return, keeping the crowds cool in any warm weather!

Funfairs & Entertainment

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the Seafront, up on East Overcliff and in the Town Square – with a variety of traders and entertainment.

Festival vendors

Food and drink

With 1.5 miles of terrific traders and a variety of veritable vendors, there is always plenty to keep everyone well fed and entertained throughout the festival. Not forgetting the new seafront al fresco bars and restaurants, perfect for watching the air displays…kick back and enjoy the fun!

Marching band along Bournemouth Seafront

Lower Gardens & Night Air entertainment

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12noon – 1pm don’t miss the Prince of Wales Army Band performing in the Lower Gardens Bandstand.

The Unarmed Combat Display and Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony (performed by HM RM Band Collingwood) takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 6.20pm

On Sunday enjoy the Praise Sunday Service in the Bandstand 9am – 11am, followed by a Royal Navy concert with HM RM Band Collingwood and performance by Prince of Wales Army Band.

The HMS Bathtub is back with its Vintage Garden bar located in the lower gardens. There is, of course, a wide range of Beers, Ales, Ciders and Gins to enjoy but also live music that starts from midday until 10 pm.

Big Screen located in the Bournemouth gardens with visitors watching

The Big Screen

From 7:45pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday the big screen in the Bournemouth Lower Gardens will be airing some great films, bring a picnic blanket or camping chair and join the outdoor screenings – just don’t forget your popcorn!

Thursday – Hairspray

Friday – Back to the Future 3

Saturday Grease Singalong

Multi colored fireworks exploding in the night sky above Bournemouth pier


Enjoy Bournemouths awe-inspiring firework display near the pier on Friday and Saturday evening at 10pm.