Airbourne, Eastbourne’s International Airshow!

My favourite childhood memory is being stood on the seafront watching the Red Arrows roaring across the sky in front of me with their colours of red, white and blue trailing behind them and my love of aircraft has stayed with me ever since.

Without fail, every year we make sure we see the Red Arrows displaying if they are local, from Lyme Regis to Lymington and we ensure we get there early to get the best spots, but it is the air shows with a variety of aircraft that we really enjoy. We normally head to Bournemouth Airfest as it is closest to us but this year we are away and have decided to travel to Sussex to see what AirBourne has to offer instead.

Airbourne won Tourism Event of the Year 2015/16 at the Beautiful South Awards, Highly Commended in the 2016 VisitEngland Award and voted the UK’s Best FREE Airshow by Airscene – Airbourne celebrates 24 years of airshow excellence in 2016!

The incredible four-day airshow on Eastbourne’s stunning seafront runs between 11-14 August 2016 from 10am each day, featuring some of the best RAF and international flying display teams, including some of our favourites, the Chinook, RAF Typhoon, The Blades, Brietling Wingwalkers and the Battle of Britain Memorial display.

Bournemouth Air Fest

There are also many displays we have not seen before including the Hangar 11 P51 Mustang, OV-10B Bronco, B25 Mitchell and many more.


Airbourne is not just about all the things to see in the air. The Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and the Royal Air Force are all represented over the Airbourne weekend and visitors can meet the Recruiting Teams to get some career advice and ask questions, take on the Royal Marines Commando Challenge and see how long it takes to lift the power bags around the course.

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The Army also have an inflatable assault course for you to test out your fitness and agility along with a Gazelle helicopter on display, Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and flight simulator.

Wheels Fest

In the evening there is also a great live entertainment line-up at the free four-day event with a music stage on the beach with live bands playing into the early evening.

The prime position to watch the air displays is on the seafront which is also host to plenty of trade stands to peruse in between displays or if you want to stay away from the crowds, head to the Park n’ View car park at Dencher, Beachy Head which has excellent views of the flying over Eastbourne.

I do quite fancy the Helicopter pleasure flights over Beachy Head that are available over Airbourne and at £40pp they won’t break the bank either.

Have you been to Airbourne before – what is your favourite thing to see?

22 thoughts on “Airbourne, Eastbourne’s International Airshow!”

  1. I love air shows. When I was little I used to live near Farnborough and would watch the aircraft flying into the airshow, now living near Goodwood we get Spitfires flying over our house and airplanes doing loop the loop over the harbour, we are very spoilt! My husband grew up near Eastbourne and has fond memories of the airshow there, he’s always badgering us to come, but I’m waiting till the children are old enough to appreciate it!

  2. I have never been but boy would I love to go, I love aircraft old and new and to be at the beach too would just be fantastic. It looks like and sounds like you had an amazing day and I may have to speak to hubby about maybe coming down for the weekend. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. My Husband is covering the Farnbrough air show – I know completely different show but Ii just made think. I was thinking about going up to see it this year as my husband goes on and on about it. But this year it more of a trade show then public so I’m told.

    Anyway look like you got a little solider on your hand. 😉 xx

    p.s: When I say my husband is covering, I mean he the official photographer for the air show. xx

  4. We live near Southend on Sea, which was famous for its airshow (and having the world’s longest pleasure pier!), but sadly it was stopped a few years back. We’ve really missed it and the seafront feels like it really lacks atmosphere and personality without it. Eastbourne is less than two hours from us, so I’m seriously considering making the trip for the next one!

  5. We used to go to lots of airshows when we were kids and our favourites were always the red arrows. I am really looking forward to seeing them at Chatsworth in September x


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