Bournemouth Air Festival Red Arrows

Bournemouth Air Festival 2018 is Ready for Takeoff

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The award-winning and internationally renowned Bournemouth Air Festival is back for its 11th showing this year! From the 30th August – 2nd September, you can expect to see spectacular air displays that feature some the world’s most impressive aircraft bolting through the skies. There will also be a whole host of military land and sea vehicles in action.

If you’re staying with us at South Lytchett Manor, then the Bournemouth Air Festival’s an absolute must! With only a short 15 – 20 minute drive from the campsite, we are an ideal location to base yourself during the action packed weekend.


General admission is completely FREE!

However, if you’re looking to treat yourself and the family, VIP hospitality and upgraded seating is available. This offers many luxury extras to make your Bournemouth Air Festival experience weekend even more special.

From £15 to £120pp, you can enjoy a whole range of additional goodies. These include: Front row VIP seats (right under the central flight line), evening parties, a bar, private toilets and more. Tailor your experience to perfectly suit you.

What You Can Expect

There are many activities, events, food, and shows that are hosted throughout the whole weekend, day and night. There’s always something going on. So, here are some highlights you should definitely be on the lookout for.


From the RAF Red Arrows darting through the skies to the whopping Chinook helicopter performing stunts that seemingly defy physics, there’s a whole variety of aircraft to see in action. This year will also see appearances from the modern Super Pitts Muscle Planes and BAC Strikemaster Mk82A as well as fully operational WW2 aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane.

Chinook at the Bournemouth Air Festival

On Land

With the festival covering over 1.5 miles of Bournemouth coastline, there is lots to see during the downtime of the air displays.

Get involved in the interactive village hosted by the RAF by getting up close and personal with the formidable Chinook and the team that operate it.

Newly introduced for the 2018 festival is “Operation Reality”. Get first hand experience on what it’s like to be in the shoes of the men who put their lives on the line, getting immersed in highly realistic RAF simulation of the different roles.

There’s even an Army Village that features a wide range of equipment and vehicles to get your hands on. Tanks, weapons and utilities, you name it, they’ve got it!

Take at the Bournemouth Air Festival

At Sea

Out taking on the Bournemouth seas will be a formidable battleship. This is provided courtesy of the Royal Navy so it’s the real deal, folks!

Royal Navy Ship Bournemouth Air Festival

In The Evening

There’s plenty going on during the festival, even during the evenings. Some of which include Night Air Music, Night Air Entertainment and the unique “Dusk Displays”, which boast three epic showings.

The evening aerial shows include: Otto The Helicopter, that is piloted by the talented Brendan O’Brien. Watch as he pulls off extremely impressive stunts whilst simultaneously shooting fireworks – a truly spectacular show. Also shown during the evening are the Twister And Fireflies combo which put on a breathtaking aerobatic performance in the sky. And lastly is the Breitling jet team. Witness their eight planes fly wing to wing whilst performing intricate manoeuvres, putting on another spectacular show.

When it comes to music and other types of entertainment, there is plenty going on. There’s a marquee with live music, private toilets, dinner menu, and best seating for the dusk air displays and even a firework display which is taking place at 10pm.

The Night Air Music and Entertainment is definitely worth staying for and is fantastic for winding down after a busy day, It’s a great reason to stay even longer!

Food & Drink

Sitting down in the shade and recharging is made easy at the festival. Enjoy a wide range of food and drink facilities that are in the area that specialise in many different food cuisines from around the world. You’re bound to find something that takes your fancy.

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