This is the week, guys!!! Finally, as our last post announced, The BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL 2014 has come. Most of us have been waiting for it the whole summer, but the wait is over.
This festival is said to be the biggest air show in Europe, attracting large crowds of both tourists and locals, who often gather on the cliff tops for the best views. It will take place on Bournemouth beach, between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, including the East Overcliff, from today to Sunday 31st August. Furthermore, it promises to be even bigger and better than previous years.
Unfortunately, the full flying schedule will only be available in the Official Bournemouth Air Festival brochure. However, the times of the best displays have been officially made available to help visitors plan their festival. So, make sure you get to your vantage point in time for these displays.
Check out the sections below for an overview of what’s happening at this year events as well as information on where you can purchase the official Air Festival brochure!
IN THE AIR
The Air Festival flying kicks off at 1.25pm on Thursday, with 95 year old wingwalker Tom Lackey. On Friday and Saturday the flying starts at 12.30pm and on Sunday at 11.45pm. Night Air flying displays start from 7.15pm each evening. Follow the links below to find out a bit more about the aircrafts, and what day they are flying at this year’s Air Festival.
The Red Arrows – Thursday / Friday/ Saturday / Sunday – Appearing on all four days of the Festival this year
- The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Saturday / Sunday – Featuring two Canadian Lancasters, Dakota, Hurricane and Spitfire
- The Vulcan – Saturday – The XH558 AVRO Vulcan
- Hunter Jet – Miss Demeanour – Friday / Saturday
- Sally-B – Friday / Saturday / Sunday – B-17 Flying Fortress Sally-B
- Canberra – Sunday – English electric PR9 jet
- Sea Vixen – Sunday – De Havilland Sea Vixen DN110 FAW
- The RAF Typhoon – Friday / Saturday / Sunday – Royal Air Force Eurofighter jet
- The RAF Tucano – Thursday / Friday / Saturday – The Tucano T1 jet
- The RAF Tutor – Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – A Grob Tutor aircraft
- The RAF Chinook – Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – RAF HC2 Chinook
- Rolls Royce Spitfire – Thursday / Friday / Saturday – Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX-PS853
- The Royal Navy Blackcats – Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – Helicopter display team
- The Royal Navy Merlin – Thursday / Friday / Saturday – RN Merlin HM1
- Army Solo Lynx – Friday / Saturday / Sunday – The Army Lynx Helicopter
- O’Brien’s Flying Circus – Thursday / Friday / Saturday
- The Twister Aerobatic Solo – Thursday / Friday
- The perfect place to watch the displays is Festival Hospitality, register your interest now!
ON THE GROUND AND AT SEA
- The Royal Navy & Army will again be demonstrating their land, sea and air capabilities with a number of great static and interactive displays in their Village area. The Army Village will be located on Bournemouth seafront and is the perfect place to come and discover more about the Army.
- Land vehicles that will be on display include a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, a Jackal 2 weapons platform, a CVRT Scimitar Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle, and a Trojan Armored Vehicle, as well as the Combat Support Boat, Terex Crane and 15t truck! There will be a static Apache helicopter flight simulator and demo Gazelle. Also in the Army Village area will be lots of Armory including the AS90 gun, a L118 light gun and a Starstreak High Velocity Missile. There will also be unarmed combat demonstrations and the historic Beat Retreat performed by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.
The RAF Village is set to feature a full size Chinook mock-up, elements of the RAF Central Band, a 591 Signals Unit, a No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron, a No1 Radio School, the RAF Recruiting and Motivational Outreach Team as well as stands from many of the participating display teams including the Red Arrows and charities such as Hounds for Heroes, the Jon Egging Trust, the Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
NIGHT AIR MUSIC…TWO PIERS, TWO STAGES, THREE NIGHTS!
Get set for more fantastic live music at the Boscombe and Bournemouth Corona Music stages. On the Boscombe Wave 105 and Cornona stage on Friday night – Rizzle Kicks, Rixton, Sigma, Loveable Rogues & Alexa Goddard Saturday night – Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Struts, Jack Savoretti.
On the free Bournemouth Stage, confirmed so far Bootleg Blondie, the Silver Beatles and Abba Chique.
Night Air kicks will be at 6.15pm each evening on the East Cliff with the Royal Marine’s band Beating Retreat. The Night Air flying displays start at 7.15pm each evening.
Lastly, I hope you enjoy the Bournemouth Air Festival as I do. Don´t close your eyes or you will miss it!!!!!!
Unfortunately, this post is not going to be a happy post for the Bournemouth locals. Guys, the summer is going. It is going slowly, but it is going.
As the Lana del Rey’s lyrics song says, “I got that summertime, summertime sadness”. Hundreds of memories, which we left behind this bright summer. The first summer that you study abroad, great barbecues on Bournemouth Pier’s surroundings area with your new friends or work colleagues, those long walks along the seafront watching the amazing landscape, those friends who you have met from the other countries going back home, or what about that special girl or guy who you fell in love with and who is the apple of your eyes? There will be a huge amount of unforgettable memories that you will have on top of your mind for a while at least.
Anyway, it is not too late yet! The last sun rays are still shining and the last events of the summer are not finished yet. So please be aware of the free activities which Bournemouth offers to its visitors and locals. One of the most attractive events is the Candlelight Nights, which have been taking place in the summer on selected dates: 30th July 2014, 6th August 2014, 13th August 2014 and 20th August 2014. So, the last one was yesterday. If you missed one of these magic nights in the summer, you will have another chance to see it next summer.
Apart from the Candlelight Nights that we were talking about in older posts, another of the most beautiful activities that you can see on the seafront is the fireworks display, which is a spectacular show, lighting up the sky over the Pier and reflecting in the water. These are some of the highlights of the Bournemouth´s summer. You can watch the fireworks from so many places, such as the beach, the seafront, the Pier and the cliffs. As the summer is nearly finished, there are only three more displays:
-Friday 22nd August, Friday Family Fiesta, Bournemouth Seafront – 10.00pm
-Friday 29th August, Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth Seafront – 10.00pm
-Saturday 30th August, Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth Seafront – 10.00pm
The summer is bidding us farewell, Guys!!! But, it doesn’t finish here. You can enjoy the summer events with your friends until the last weekend of August.
I am pretty sure that all of you have been hearing so many things about the massive event that is coming. Yes, The BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL 2014 is coming. This festival is said to be the biggest air show in Europe, attracting large crowds of both tourists and locals, who often gather on the cliff tops for the best views. It will take place the last weekend of August, from the Thursday 28th August to the Sunday 31st August.
If you want to know something else about this huge event in Bournemouth, you won´t miss the next post, which will come flying to you soon!!!!!!!!