Eastbourne Airshow 2021 (Airbourne) **CANCELLED** Dates, Parking & Information
UPDATE: The 2021 eastbourne airshow has been cancelled - pLEASE DISREGARD THE REST OF THIS POST
Airbourne will be back on Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th August 2021 - don't miss it!
***Please note - We're not affiliated with the Eastbourne Airshow so we can't answer any phone or email questions
Older information below regarding times and parking which are usually the same or similar each year although prices for 2021 may be slightly higher and some other coronavirus restrictions may also apply. We'll try and update this page nearer the time in the Spring of 2021
As we're now firmly into 2019, it's around this time of year that we to turn our attention to the 2019 Eastbourne Airshow. This year's 27th event takes place over a four-day period from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August 2019
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.
Aircraft Appearing at Airbourne 2019
The 2018 event featured 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's a taster of the 2019 lineup and what you can expect to see overhead:
- Breitling Jet Team (All 4 days)
- RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (All four days)
- RAF Tucano (All four days)
- RAF Chinook (Friday & Saturday)
- RAF Typhoon (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
- RAF Tutor (Saturday and Sunday)
Highlights from Airbourne 2018
Ground displays are usually open from 10am to 6pm every day and the flying displays typically run from lunchtime until around 5pm 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 usually park on the seafront and normal seafront parking charges normally apply for the duration of the Airshow (Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August 2019). We expect this to be the same this year but we can't confirm this just yet. 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.
***Please note that the table below was applicable in 2018 so this may change for 2019 AND prices may be slightly higher.
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 will probably apply (which was £5 last year) for the whole day. Make sure you set off early from home to avoid the inevitable queues
The car park opened at 11am to 6.30pm on Thursday last year and 10am to 6.30pm for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We expect this to be similar for the 2019 event.
Park & Bus Scheme (Unconfirmed for 2019)
There is usually a Park & Bus Scheme available between nearby 5 Acre Field (BN22 7SG) and Eastbourne Pier. We'll update this for 2019 Eastbourne Airshow when we have more details.
Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, and Saturday 17th August 2019
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 18th August 2019 (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 for last year were: 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) 2019 Services and prices may be different.
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 probably cost you around £5 per car (which was last year's price).
Please note that as with most things, the above timings may be subject to change.
There was only one designated Disabled Parking area in 2018 which you could use but be aware that it was 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). This may be subject to change in 2019
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 - 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 usually a couple of beach play areas especially for kids with giant inflatables and bungee trampolining.
There's typically evening entertainment on Eastbourne Bandstand with a selection of bands as well as tribute acts. Bear in mind that you'll have to buy tickets for this though. Click on the link to see 2019 prices and availability.
Flight Simulators & Climbing Wall
There are usually 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. We'll try to confirm that this will still be the case for the 2019 Eastbourne Airshow.
Grand Finale Firework Display
Every year at the close of the Eastbourne Airshow there's a breathtaking, free firework display. This year's spectacle will most likely take place at 10pm on Sunday 18th August 2019 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 be reasonably accurate times and information that is based on the 2018 airshow. Whilst we assume some to be correct, some details may be subject to change or updates for the 2019 event so please check the official website for confirmation nearer the time.