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Summer Airshows 2021

Eastbourne Airbourne
Eastbourne Airbourne. Photo: Ashleigh Ridler

The government has recently released its COVID-19 four-step plan to ease lockdown in England, and it looks like we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for events and attractions over summer and beyond. But the future of some summer 2021 events still hangs in the balance with the recent cancellation of popular airshows like Airbourne and the English Riviera Airshow. 

Below is a list of various airshows across the country and their current status.

Shuttleworth Evening Air Shows (Bedfordshire)

The Shuttleworth Evening Air Shows will have a new Drive-in and Pedestrian Format. Allowing visitors without a car and small groups to attend the shows.

Groups will be able to choose between a 5Mx5M car or family box for £10, a 2.5Mx5M box for up to two people (who may also have cycles or motorcycles) for £5, and a 4.5Mx8M box for larger vehicles for £20. Everyone in the group will also need an air show ticket.

Shuttleworth Evening Air Shows in 2021:

15th May – Spies and Intrigue

19th June – A Scurry of Chipmunks

17th July – Flying for Fun

14th August – Flying Circus

For more information on the various Shuttleworth Air Show Events, please check the Shuttleworth website.

IMW Duxford Airshow (Cambridgeshire)

IWM Duxford will be holding two events in 2021. The Air Festival takes place 24th – 25th July and the Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Airshow takes place 18th – 19th September.

Details of the two shows are yet be released but tickets can be purchased online at www.iwm.org.uk/airshows.

English Riviera Airshow, Torbay (Devon)

For a second year running, the English Riviera Airshow in Torbay has been cancelled. Originally scheduled for 5th-6th June 2021, the event has been running since 2016.

“This is the second year in a row we have had to postpone the event, which draws in crowds of over 165,000, along the English Riviera coastline and contributes more than £7m to the local economy.”

The 2022 airshow will be taking place 4th – 5th June, please check the website for any future updates.

English Riviera Airshow

English Riviera Airshow

Bournemouth Air Festival (Dorset)

Bournemouth Air Festival is scheduled for 2nd – 5th September 2021.

The airshow is currently still scheduled to take off in 2021, and this year will mark the 13th edition of the popular Bournemouth Air Festival, following the cancellation of the 2020 show. Over time it has become the best-attended seaside airshow in the UK.

Tickets for this event are free, please visit the website for more information.

Draken Afterburner at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Draken Afterburner at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Airbourne, Eastbourne International Air Show (East Sussex)

Originally scheduled for 12th to 15th August this year, the 2021 air show has been postponed for a second year in a row.

“The decision to postpone the 2021 event has not been taken lightly, however, we know that it is the responsible one to make taking into account the continuing forms of social distancing to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.”

The next Eastbourne Airbourne is scheduled for 18th – 21st August 2022.

Farnborough Airshow (Hampshire)

The Farnborough Airshow is held every other year (on even-numbered years), due to Covid-19 restrictions the 2020 event was cancelled. There was not due to be a Farnborough Airshow this year – as the airshow alternates with the Paris Air Show (which has been cancelled for 2021). The Next Farnborough Airshow is due to be held from 18th to 22nd July 2022. Visit the website for more details. 

Biggin Hill (Kent)

The 2020 Festival of Flight was planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and The Hardest Day, illustrating these extraordinary events in UK history, both in the air and on the ground. But this was cancelled due to government restrictions.

There is currently no date for a 2021 airshow, you can check the website for regular updates and any announcements on future air shows.

Blackpool Air Show (Lancashire)

The Blackpool Air Show is currently scheduled to take place on the 7th and 8th of August 2021. 

This free seaside airshow hosts an afternoon of classic and modern aircraft displays over the two days. Check the website for any future updates on the event. 

Rhyl Air Show (North Wales)

The free seaside airshow in the North Wales coastal resort of Rhyl is scheduled to take place from 28th to 29th August 2021. As with many air shows last year, the 2020 event had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, but the Managing Director of Denbighshire Leisure promises the 2021 air show will go ahead “bigger and better than ever”. For more details visit the Rhyl Airshow website.

Rhyl Air Show

Rhyl Air Show

Abingdon Air and Country Show (Oxfordshire)

The Abingdon Air & Country Show will return in 2021 with an afternoon Flying Display featuring the old and new, including Abingdon favourite Richard Goodwin, as well as a range of ground attractions.

The 2021 show is scheduled for 11th September – revised from 12th June, previously on 16th May. Tickets for the show are – Adult £19, OAP (65+) £9, and Child (5-15) £5, you can find more details and ticket booking on the show’s website

Royal Navy International Air Day (Somerset)

The Royal Navy International Air Day (RNIAD) was scheduled for Saturday 10th July 2021 at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset. This event has now been cancelled for the year.

“The risks associated with hosting a large-scale international event in July is too significant for all parties involved.”

The annual airshow welcomes over 35,000 visitors from across the UK and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. As well as various aircraft that participate in the extensive flying and static displays. The event will hopefully return in 2022, but there is currently no date set. Please check the website for any updates.

Weston-super-Mare Airshow (Somerset)

Weston Air Festival is currently scheduled for 19th and 20th June 2021. More details of the festival will be announced soon, and you can find any updates on the Weston Air Festival website.

Scottish International Airshow

The show was due to be held in Ayr from 4th to 6th September 2020 but was cancelled, the dates and venue of any 2021 show are not known at this time. Check the website for any up to date information and announcements. 

For a full list of the status of all the airshows and events taking place this year, visit the British Airshows website.

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