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 there were personnel to speak to, hands on equipment, service charities and interactive demonstrations.
Located next door were 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.

Royal Air Force Village

In 2021 the East Overcliff was home to The Red Arrows and Typhoon trailers with a static Hawk and interactive virtual reality experience as just one of the hands on experiences on offer. East Overcliff was also the place to find the Royal Navy Dive Tank making a popular return in 2021 and keeping the crowds cool in the warm weather!

Funfairs & Entertainment

There was 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 was 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

Marching band along Bournemouth Seafront

Lower Gardens & Night Air entertainment

2021 saw 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) and on Sunday the Praise Sunday Service in the Bandstand

The HMS Bathtub was back with its Vintage Garden bar in the Lower Gardens with a wide range of Beers, Ales, Ciders and Gins to enjoy as well as live music throughout the afternoon and evening.

Big Screen located in the Bournemouth gardens with visitors watching

The Big Screen

New for 2021 and courtesy of Festival Coast Live! the big screen in the Bournemouth Lower Gardens aired some great films in the early evening including Hairspray, Back to the Future 3 and on the Saturday a full Grease Singalong

Multi colored fireworks exploding in the night sky above Bournemouth pier


Bournemouth's awe-inspiring firework display near the pier on Friday and Saturday evenings proved as popular as ever