Bournemouth Air Show : One of Dorset's biggest event.

Update 21st August 2011:

Well it was a sad end to the Bournemouth Air Show.The Red Arrows were supposed to close the show but of course that did not happen following the tragic death of Flt Lt Jon Egging.

I went down to the beach on Sunday afternoon but the crowd seemed smaller and subdued.

I saw some helicopters and the brightly coloured Miss Demeanour Hunter Jet but well it was just not the same.

Life goes on and I am sure it will be another great event in 2012.30th August to 1st September,a later date to avoid the Olympics, so see you all then.

After the huge success of the Bournemouth Air Show in 2008,this event is now firmly on the calender of must see shows in the summer.

I've just got my hands on the official programme for 2011 and here are some highlights:

In 2011 the dates are 18th-21st August with the Red Arrows being the big draw.

They are on display at 3-4pm Friday,1-2pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday.

Not only that there are displays by the Spitfire, the F16,the Flying Fortress,Vulcan, and the RAF Tornado GR4

The Breiling Wingwalkers will be performing from 2-3 Friday, 1-2 Saturday and Sunday

On the ground there will be 1.5 miles of street stalls including a fun fair at Boscombe Pier running to 8pm each night.

The Band of the Royal Marines will play in the Lower Gardens near the Pier.Bet they play the Monty Python theme.

red arrows

No fireworks this year I understand.

To get my views and my Twitter followers on how this all went in 20009 visit my Squidoo lens.


Getting here

Last year it was estimated some 200,000 people came to watch the show,so parking is a major problem.Now if you come by train South West Trains are offering a special deal of £10 to travel between any two SW Trains stations.More details of this offer can be found at If you do come by car then there are a number of park and ride schemes from Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB,King's Park, BH7 7AF and Littledown Centre,BH7 7DX

I would go for the King's park site as it is just off the dual carriage way the A338 .This is the main route into Bournemouth if you are coming from the east.

£12 per group of seven but then you would pay more to park in the town centre for the whole day.

Bring lots of water and yes sunblock it might be sunny.

Hospitality Package

If you wish you can buy a whole package to the Bournemouth Air Show, which gives you the best seats in the house,or on the beach in this case.This is what you get:

Pimms on arrival

· A sumptuous two course lunch with a glass of wine

· Reserved seating

· Afternoon tea and cakes

· Access to the VIP bar and decking area throughout the day

· All facilities are exclusively provided for this VIP experience from 11am– 6.00pm

· Use of the Air Festival Park and Ride service

· Complimentary More Bus Bournemouth Air Festival Souvenir Programme

· Prime beach front location, central to the air display performance area.

If you want to book call Lisa Sharwood on 01202 558 897.

For more details about this even go to the show website

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