Bournemouth Air Festival

One of the largest free air festivals in the UK

Bournemouth Air Festival is celebrating its 12th year in 2019. 

As the UK’s most successful civilian air show with brilliant day and night time entertainment in the skies, on land and in the evening, the dates for your diary are 29th August – 1st September 2019.

You can enjoy the festival from many locations along the seafront but the area between Bournemouth and Boscombe Pier's is the focus for many of the displays. 

There will be free displays in the air, on the ground and at night from 10am - 10pm daily.

2017 details to follow, in 2016 we enjoyed:


Among others in 2016 there will be fantastic dusk displays from the Red Devils and O’Briens Flying Circus starring Otto The Helicopter, as well as Team Fire Flies and Aerosparx, both bringing formation flying and pyrotechnics to the evening display programme.

RAF assets alongside the Red Arrows and Typhoon will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and fantastic interactive RAF Village.

Last seen in 2013, the Breitling Wing walkers are returning with the ever-popular Tigers Parachute Team making daily jumps from an amazing 6,000 feet freefalling at an incredible 120mph! Not forgetting the SallyB, Twister Duo and The Blades.


The Royal Navy & Army will be demonstrating their land, sea and air capabilities with a number of great static and interactive displays at their Village area.

There will be 4 Navy war ships, with note – Ship open to visitors! Tickets will be available at the end of July. Furthermore, there will be Beach assaults, Beat Retreat, Military Villages and Proms performance.

With the presence of Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy at last year’s event, the Navy’s ongoing commitment to the festival is confirmed with four warships, a large amphibious command ship complete with helicopters, Royal Marines and landing craft and Royal Navy Black Cats helicopter display team. The famous amphibious beach assault demonstrations and beachfront Royal Navy Village are back again, all bolstered tremendously by world class music from the Royal Marines Band, HM RM Band Collingwood.


During the festival, Bournemouth’s picture-perfect horizon will be transformed by an impressive military flotilla, including 4 ships, courtesy of the Royal Navy. Continuing to support us year-on-year with a host of assets, action and entertainment we are incredibly grateful for everything they bring to the event on land, at sea and in the air!

The ever popular ship tickets for visits Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be available online at the end of July and again in early August.


This year’s Night Air entertainment, with Wave105, runs across three nights (Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August). It includes fireworks at 10pm on Friday and Saturday, along with three fantastic music nights created to spread the entertainment across all generations.

A revamped Night Air programme welcomes a mini tattoo on the East Overcliff (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening) with the brilliant RAF Queens Colour Squadron, alongside the Royal Navy Beat Retreat sunset ceremony and unarmed combat displays by the Royal Marines.


Getting Here

Up to 1 million people visit the Air Festival each year - it's busy so don't bring your car in to central Bournemouth. The main coach and train station is a short distance from the festival site, and the site itself is easily accessible by bike or foot.



Saturday 9am – 10.30pm and Sunday 9am – 7pm.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 7pm each day.





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