Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Air Festival 31st Aug – 3rd Sept 2023

Bournemouth Air Festival is back for 2023 and will take place over 4 days from 31st August until the 3rd September 2023.

The Bournemouth Air Festival is the UK’s largest FREE air festival and is held over a period of 4 days. The highlight of the festival is the Red Arrows display (exact programme is still to be confirmed) but there are loads of other fantastic acrobatic displays and flight passes. On the ground there are fairground rides and other entertainment and exhibitions by the Army, RAF and Navy.

The Breitling Wing Walkers are always popular

The festival takes place on Bournemouth Beach right by the pier. Probably the best place to view is on the beach between Bournemouth and Boscombe or bring along a deckchair and make yourself comfortable along the East Overcliff Drive.

The 2023 dates are from 31st August – 3rd September 2023

For more details and programme of events see the official website

As you can imagine the festival attracts plenty of visitors to Bournemouth, over 600,000 in 2022. Accommodation can fill up quickly and traffic and parking can be a bit of a nightmare if you don’t arrive early.

Bournemouth Air Show Red Arrows Flight Times 2023

Display dates and times have yet to be confirmed

More info can be found at

Photos of Bournemouth Beach east during the Air Festival - it can get quite crowded if the weather is good
View from Bournemouth Pier looking east towards Boscombe. The beaches can great quite crowded during the festival.
Bournemouth west beach during the Bournemouth Air Festival
View from the pier looking west.
People on Bournemouth Pier watching the air displays
If you want to watch the air displays from the pier then best to get there early. If you have some binoculars then bring them along.
Each year, due to safety reasons, the aircraft are doing their acrobatics a bit further out over the sea. If you want to get some close up photos you’ll have to use a telephoto lens.
Wing walkers in action
The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival
The Red Arrows
Red Arrows
Red Arrows

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