Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow 2018
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As summer spreads its wings and soars into full-flight, it's around this time of year that we to turn our attention to the 2018 Eastbourne Airshow. This year's 26th event takes place over a four-day period from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th August.
You can watch the air display completely free from the prime location of Eastbourne Seafront and as always, this event is extremely popular so expect to be part of a large crowd!
If you don't want to be in the thick of it, there are plenty of opportunities to view from further afield - The air display line stretches a colossal 2 miles so anywhere within a mile radius of Eastbourne's seafront will still give you a great vantage point.
2018 Line Up
The 2018 event features a huge range of military and civil aircraft including the Red Arrows, a Typhoon and the much-loved Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) which usually consists of the Avro Lancaster, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. Flying displays are of course subject to operational commitments, weather and serviceability conditions. Here are some of the 2018 star attractions:
- RAF Red Arrows (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
- RAF Typhoon (All four days)
- RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (All four days)
- AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers (All four days)
- The Blades (All four days)
- RAF Tutor (Saturday and Sunday)
- The Flying Circus Wingwaling Team (All four days)
Ground displays open 10 am to 6 pm every day and the flying display runs from lunchtime until around 5 pm each day.
As the Eastbourne airshow is always a hugely popular event, it's worth taking some time to plan your trip. If you're travelling by car, here are a few useful tips on parking:
You can park on the seafront and normal seafront parking charges will apply for the duration of the Airshow (Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th August 2018). Eastbourne Resident's Leisure Cards won't be valid during Airbourne at Beachy Head and Eastbourne Car Parks so they'll be more spaces available than normal. It is, of course, worth mentioning that parking will be extremely busy so it really is best to arrive early if your intention is to park as close to the sea as possible. The roads into Eastbourne Town Centre will also be chock-a-block so make sure you set off early.
There are also car parks nearby but be aware of height restrictions if you're in a van or campervan. **Details are thought to be correct at time of original publishing but may be subject to change.
NCP TRINITY PLACE
Beachy Head Car Park & Viewing - Warren Hill Field and Dencher
This is our TOP-TIP for an awesome view!
This particular location is a bit different... and extremely popular. It gives you a unique opportunity to view the Airshow from a higher vantage point. To get there, head to the Park n' View car park at Dencher, Beachy Head. There are toilets and refreshments at this location and also a pub if you fancy a tipple. Normal parking charges apply and we think it's only £5 for the whole day. Make sure you set off early from home to avoid the inevitable queues
The car park opens at 11am to 6.30pm on Thursday and 10am to 6.30pm for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Park & Bus Scheme
There will be a Park & Bus Scheme available between nearby 5 Acre Field (BN22 7SG) and Eastbourne Pier.
Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, and Saturday 18 August 2018
Sovereign Centre Forecourt Depart 9.30am and then every 15 minutes until 7pm
Cavendish Place Depart 9.40am and then every 15 minutes until 7.10pm
Sunday 19 August (Includes the awesome late-night fireworks display!)
Sovereign Centre Forecourt Depart 9.30am and every 15 minutes until 10.45pm
Cavendish Place Depart 9.40am and every 15 minutes until 10.55pm
The Airbourne Flyer Service Fees are as follows: Adult return £4, Child Return £3, Adult Airbourne Flyer £5, Under 16 Airbourne Flyer £3, Family Airbourne Flyer £10 (one adult and up to 4 kids under 16, or two adults and up to three kids under 16)
Airbourne Flyer is pretty versatile and can be used on all buses within the Eastbourne Dayrider zone. Please be aware that no other tickets will be accepted on the Airbourne Park and Bus Scheme other than singles and Airbourne Flyer.
There are no concessions on the Airbourne Flyer service and as such, concessionary passes won't be accepted. If you're in your car, the parking will cost you £5 per car.
Please note that as with most things, the above timings may be subject to change.
There is one designated Disabled Parking area you can use but be aware that it's only available on a first come, first served basis. It's located at Devonshire Place (between the junction with Grand Parade B2103 and the junction with Memorial Roundabout (BN21 4AJ).
You can also use the off seafront NCP Pay and Display, which also has bays for disabled parking - Location: Trinity Place, BN21 3BZ.
There are plenty of ways to keep busy at ground level - From £45 per person, you can take a helicopter ride over Beachy Head or keep your feet planted firmly on the ground whilst soaking up the sun (hopefully!) on the beach with friends or family. There are a couple of beach play areas especially for kids with giant inflatables and bungee trampolining.
There's evening entertainment on Eastbourne Bandstand with Big Band Sounds as well as ABBA & Rock n' Roll Tribute shows. Bear in mind that you'll have to buy tickets for this though.
Flight Simulators & Climing Wall
There are also state of the art flight simulators that will give you the chance to experience the thrilling twists, turns, ups and downs of a close formation aerobatics display team.
You can also try and tackle the Air Cadets Climbing Wall, take a zip wire ride, browse the many trade stands available or check out a real-life cockpit for size.
Grand Finale Firework Display
Every year at the close of the Eastbourne Airshow there's a breathtaking, free firework display. This year's spectacle takes place at 10pm on Sunday 19th August 2017 and is definitely not to be missed.
If you'd like to find out about everything that's going on at this year's Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow, head on over to the official website.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article is posted with what we believe to correct times and information. Whilst we assume most be correct, some details may be subject to change or updates so please check the official website for confirmation nearer the time.