Bournemouth Air Show 2017: Expert Guide

The ultimate guide to #winning at the Bournemouth Air Show

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Bournemouth Air Show 2017 runs from 31st August – 3rd September and is the UK’s biggest air festival. It has entertained millions of people since 2008 and will continue to do so this year, with plenty to enjoy on land, at sea, and of course in the air. To top it all off, Bournemouth Air Festival is free for everyone to enjoy! This guide will provide ideas to help you plan your visit the Bournemouth Air Show 2017, covering everything from location to accommodation.

The Bournemouth Air Show schedule

Although the Bournemouth Air festival programme is not yet available, we can confirm that the Red Arrows will be performing a display at 6:00 PM on Thursday, 3:30 PM on Friday, and 12:00 Noon on Saturday.


Bournemouth Air Show 2017 is located on Bournemouth’s seafront, between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. You can get onto the festival site by walking down through Bournemouth’s lower gardens and turning left. If you’re looking for the best places to watch Bournemouth Air Show that aren’t so busy, consider Hengistbury Head and Ballard Down in Purbeck.


If you’re looking for somewhere to sleep during Bournemouth Air Show 2017, consider the many hotels and B&Bs in the area, such as Brooklands Bed & Breakfast Hotel. Brooklands is just a five-minute walk from the seafront on which the festival is taking place.

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Although there are no Bournemouth Air Show tickets due to it being a free festival, hospitality tickets are available for purchase. Hurry up though, as there are only a limited number! Looking for other places to fill up on good food? Top tip: Urban Reef in Bournemouth is the best for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a great view of the air show.

What to bring

When coming to the Bournemouth Air Show 2017, we recommend you bring plenty of water, as it is likely to be hot and busy. Dog owners are allowed to bring dogs on leads, and you are permitted to bring your own food as long as you dispose of any rubbish in the bins provided. If you have any other questions, be sure to visit the festival’s FAQ page.

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