We’ve been going to Bournemouth Air Festival since its inception in 2008 and seen it grow from strength to strength over the years.
We’ve sat in extreme weather (raincoats to blazing sunshine) and the excitement doesn’t pall. It’s a fabulous atmosphere whether in the middle of everything or further away on Hengistbury Head.
We’re blessed that we don’t have far to travel at all and of course being local, know where to park and which back roads to use to avoid traffic. The past few years there has been a Park and Ride very close to our home. We used it one year but find it easier (and cheaper) to take our own car.
If you’re travelling to get to Bournemouth Air Festival then you can find out more about the park and ride on the website.
One year we spent a day at the beach between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers; a day at Hengistbury Head; an hour on the cliff above Durley Chine (to see the Vulcan on its last flight).
Follow the official Twitter feed @BmthAirFest to keep up to date with all things Bournemouth Air Festival (you’ll find out if there are any changes in the programme while you’re attending too).
My all time favourite photo in the Red Arrow tent in 2012. And yes, it was very red inside!
A selection of photos
Between the Piers (Friday)
At the start of the day – plenty of space that fills up very quickly.
On The Sea and Beach
Above is the Steamship Shieldhall which you can see berthed at Poole Quay in my post here.
|HMS Dasher (foreground)|
RFA Argus (background)
In The Air
|The Reds creating the heart|
|Sally B (B52)|
|Landing on X marks the spot|
Hengistbury Head (Saturday)
|The only day we take Taz with us|
Cliffs above Durley Chine (Sunday)
|IoW in the background|
|Looking to the right and Studland|
And the reason we went …
The last flight of the Vulcan
|A wing wiggle as it disappears off into the clouds|
We managed to capture a short 56 second video (with a few wobbles and out of focus!).
It felt like such an emotional time and we felt honoured to witness the Vulcan’s last flight.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Shoreham Airshow accident.