The Red Arrows will return this year to the world’s biggest free seafront airshow to be held in Sussex. Attracting crowds of thousands, Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow boasts a two-mile flying display line along the Sussex resort’s seafront and is a weekend not to be missed!
Featuring the best in military and civilian aviation with display teams including the much-loved Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, better known as the Red Arrows once again taking to the skies
this year those in attendance in Eastbourne will be treated to some show-stopping displays between 11 – 14 August.
Airshow visitors will also have the chance to see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on all four days, in a year which marks the 80th anniversary of the Spitfire and the 75th year of the Lancaster Bomber. The Red Arrows will take to the skies on Friday and Saturday much to the delight of event organisers.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said: “We are delighted to hear that airshow favourites, the Red Arrows have chosen to return to Airbourne for two great displays this year, which will no doubt attract many thousands.”
The King Air, a multi-engine pilot trainer, part of No. 3 Flying Training School and based at RAF Cranwell, will fly on the Saturday and Sunday with Saturday being what organisers have called as Super Saturday – last year it celebrated its busiest ever day with thousands of spectators visiting the event.
In 2015, the culmination of the 12-hour Super Saturday extravaganza was a twilight pyro-aerobatics, Scouting For Girls on stage and a firework display. 12,000 people watched the chart-topping and from the beach stage alone, with thousands more lining the seafront to see the firework spectacular.[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””] Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow
Thursday, 11 August – Sunday, 14 August
Ground displays open 10.00am – 6.00pm daily with flying
from lunchtime until approximately 5.00pm
The Airbourne Live beach stage continues into the early evening
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Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans said: “It was fantastic to see so many families enjoying the show and many more around town dining into the evening. The atmosphere on Super Saturday was amazing; we’ve never seen the seafront look so vibrant.”
Now in its 24th year, the event is celebrating a recent haul of national awards including Tourism Event of the Year 2015/16 at the Beautiful South Awards and the UK’s Best FREE Airshow by Airscene.[tie_slideshow] [tie_slide] [/tie_slide] [tie_slide] [/tie_slide] [tie_slide] [/tie_slide] [tie_slide] [/tie_slide] [tie_slide] [/tie_slide] [tie_slide] [/tie_slide] [/tie_slideshow]
The event isn’t just about scooping national awards; As in 2015 this year will see more than 200 volunteer bucket collectors out in force, with collections by the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, along with support from the clubs of Eastbourne, Eastbourne AM, Eastbourne Sovereign and Beachy Head.
The ‘give a quid’ initiative is something organisers have launched – by asking for donations to Airbourne, which helps keep the event free, and in addition, 30% of all donations go to local charities with last year’s event final total raised by Rotary Club volunteers amassing an impressive £36,415.82.
We’ve teamed-up with Airbourne to offer, a lucky reader a very special prize!
We have a one-day pass for two people to enjoy a pleasure flight helicopter ride from Beachy Head during the air show, and VIP passes for the Pilot’s Enclosure including a light lunch and refreshments – click HERE for more information on how to win!