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Weston Air Festival

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Weston Air Festival


BS23 1BA


Tel: 01934 427225

Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Day take place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June on Weston Seafront.

The world-renowned Royal Air Force aerobatic team, The Red Arrows, are confirmed to perform a thrilling precision flying display, featuring their trademark formations, close-passes and dynamic loops and rolls on Saturday 21st. To mark their 50th display season, the Red Arrows will be sporting a striking new tailfin design at this year's event.

Also confirmed for the Sunday is the mighty Avro Vulcan bomber. The Avro Vulcan XH558 returned to flight in 2007, following an award winning restoration programme. As the last airworthy Vulcan, she returned triumphantly to the air display circuit in 2008 and has been a significant crowd puller at every show at which she has since appeared.

Widely recognised as the UK’s premier military parachute display team, the Falcons will wow the crowds with their controlled freefall movements across the sky thousands of feet above the ground, including their trademark canopy stack manoeuvre.

The granting of the Freedom of the Town of Weston-super-Mare to 40 Commando Royal Marines will take place on Saturday 21st June at 11.00 hours. 40 Commando will parade through the Town led by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The ceremony is in Princess Royal Square which is near the Grand Pier on the Sea Front.

When the Freedom of the Town has been granted the Royal Marines will exercise the Freedom by marching off with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and Colours flying. As the Royal Marines march off there will be a flypast by a helicopter from Commando Helicopter Force and an 11 Gun salute by 29 Commando Artillery Unit.

Visitors of all ages will have a unique opportunity to see the Armed Forces up-close, meet currant personnel, Veterans, Cadet Forces, support and Civilian agencies and Charities. The day will officially open with a Flag Raising Ceremony at 1230hrs in the Main Arena, which will be complimented by the RAFA Band Concert.

Throughout the day there will be a range of Arena events including the Red 'Barrows' Display by 290 Squadron Air Training Corps and various displays by Sea Cadets, Army and Marine Cadets. There will be a Junior Gun Display and Sealed Knot Black Powder Demonstration by the Sir Henry Tillier's Regiment of Foot. We hope to also have various air displays and flypasts throughout the afternoon and we will keep you updated as confirmations are received.

The day will close with a Drumhead Service and Evening Hymn, concluding with flag lowering at 1800hrs, where it will be presented to the Mayor for safe keeping until next year. Most of the exhibitors in the Armed Forces Village will remain for the Sunday, as thousands are expected to descend on the Town to enjoy Weston Air Day.

Both days promise to be action-packed with fun for all the family, featuring arena displays, fun fair rides, trade stands and a variety of activities and refreshments.

The confirmed flight and arena times so far...



13.00 RAF Falcons Parachute Team (sponsored by Weston College)

13.25 Royal Navy Lynx Black Cat

13.38 Scottish Aviation Bulldog

13.51 Calidus Autogyro

14.04 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (sponsored by Agilisys)

14.24 RAF Tutor

14.37 Sea King helicopter

14.47 ‘Raging Rhino’ muscle bi plane

15.00 Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish

15.13 Royal Navy Historic Flight Sea Fury

15.26 B17 Flying Fortress

15.45 Red 10 arrival

16.15 Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter aerobatics

16.28 RAF Tucano (sponsored by Bristol Airport)

16.45 RAF Red Arrows

17.10 The Hawker Hunter

17.25 Red 10 departure

Arena programme

11.00 Granting of Honorary Freedom of the Town to 40 Commando Royal Marines, Princess Royal Square

11.45 RAFA Band concert

12.30 Armed Forces Day flag-raising ceremony

12.40 Weston Sea Cadet Corps TS Weston Band marching display

13.00 290 Squadron ATC drill squad rifle and banner drill display

13.35 Sealed Knot black powder display - Sir Henry Tillier's Regiment of Foot will present a drill sequence and black powder demonstration

14.20 Weston Sea Cadet Corps hornpipe display

14.30 Avon Fire and Rescue display

15.10 Band and bugles of Somerset Army Cadet Force (silver bugles) band display

15.45 290 Squadron ATC Red Barrows display team

16.20 Weston Sea Cadet Corps Junior Section field-gun race

17.05 Muster of participants

17.15 Drumhead service, evening hymn and sunset



11.30 Royal Navy Lynx Black Cat

11.43 RAF Tutor

12.00 Calidus Autogyro

13.00 RAF Falcons Parachute Team (sponsored by Weston College)

13.25 Brietling Wing Walkers

13.38 ‘Belgian Ballerina’ Stampe bBi Plane

13.51 Trig Aerobatic Team

14.04 RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (sponsored by Agilisys)

14.24 Royal Navy Historic Flight Sea Fury

14.37 Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish

14.50 ‘Raging Rhino’ muscle bi-plane

15.03 Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter aerobatics

15.16 RAF Tucano (sponsored by Bristol Airport)

15.29 RV8RS aerobatic team

15.42 Sally B B17 Flying Fortress

16.15 The Hawker Hunter

16.28 English Electric Canberra

16.41 AVRO Vulcan

16.54 The Jester Autogyro

17.07 Big Jet Formation

17.20 De Havilland Sea Vixen

Arena programme

11.00 Shadows Elite Cheerleaders

12.00 George Orange, tightrope walker

13.00 Sealed Knot

14.00 George Orange, tightrope walker

15.00 Weston Brass Band

15.30 The Marionettes singing trio

16.30 Weston Brass Band

17.30 George Orange, tightrope walker

All times are subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions, operational or technical circumstances.

Keep up to date with all the festival news and soon to be announced competitions here, or follow us on Twitter @WestonSeafront.


Park all day for £7 at Royal Sands beach car park, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4NJ.

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