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

Armed Forces Villages

Located on the beach (Zone 2) is the Royal Navy Village where you can meet members of the services alongside a variety of service charities, that help to support serving and former personnel and their families, and interactive attractions and demonstrations. Also in Zone 2 is the chance to visit the Army Village where you can get up close to an array of current British Army equipment, such as the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank! With expert soldiers on hand to answer any questions you may have it's the perfect opportunity to find out all about a career in the Army

The RAF chinook team posing in front of their stand at the air show

Royal Air Force Village

Why not come up to East Overcliff and visit the interactive RAF Village with the returning static Hawk display. It is the perfect place to find out more about a career in the RAF and discover what the RAF do on a daily basis. This is also the place where you will find the Royal Navy Dive Tank making a popular return in 2022 and keeping the crowds cool in the warm weather!

Funfairs & Entertainment

2022 will once again see a variety of traders across the Seafront, the Town Centre and up on East Overcliff, offering everything from local shortbread to a nifty new pair of sunglasses or a Red Arrows cap. There will also be plenty of funfair entertainment to enjoy across the Seafront across the 4 days.

Festival vendors

Food and drink

With 1.5 miles of terrific traders and a variety of veritable vendors, you will find plenty to keep everyone well fed and watered 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

This year we are delighted to welcome the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth who will be performing the Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony in the Lower Gardens on Saturday and Sunday at 6.45pm. Also performing will be the Commando Recruiting Team giving Unarmed Combat demonstrations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6.20pm.

You will also find the HMS Bathtub 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

The Festival Coast Live! big screen will be back in the Lower Garden over the Festival offering the chance for a bit of nostalgia each night at 7pm. Casablanca will be showing on Thursday evening, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid on Friday and the classic Some Like it Hot on Saturday evening.

Multi colored fireworks exploding in the night sky above Bournemouth pier


Bournemouth's awe-inspiring firework displays near the pier on Friday and Saturday evenings are sure to be as popular as ever