The 2015 Bournemouth Air Festival returns for its eight year this August for an incredible four-day summer extravaganza of land, sea and air display entertainment.

The award winning Bournemouth Air Festival takes off from August 20-23 with a staggering amount of support from the Armed Forces and three exciting new Night Air music evenings.

Bournemouth Air Festival, sponsored by Kier and supported by Mouchel, has recently won the coveted Gold in the Tourism Event of the Year at the most prestigious awards in English tourism, the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

 “We’re absolutely delighted to win Gold in the Tourism Event of the Year. Being part of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence cements Bournemouth Air Festival’s reputation as one of the premier events in the national and international calendar,” said Mark Smith, Director of Tourism Bournemouth.

“The Bournemouth Air Festival encapsulates the spirit of modern Bournemouth as a world-class experience. This free festival brings together the thrill of gravity-defying displays in the air and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground against the spectacular backdrop of the UK’s best seaside resort.”

As the only summer destination for the UK’s best aviation Bournemouth will be hosting four days of Red Arrows displays, alongside the mighty Typhoon, Tudor and Hawk Role Demo - a first for the event. Supported with a multitude of Royal Navy assets, Pier to Pier county show trading stalls and Wave105 staging three nights of music, the festival is more than just an airshow.

Nearly 1.2 million visitors came last year and this month the skies of Bournemouth are set again to host some of the world’s best military and civilian aviation display teams and a huge off shore naval presence.

In the air, the line-up is set to feature thrilling displays - prepare to be amazed by the famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Chinook helicopters and parachute teams.

On the Ground, the Pier Approach area will host the Royal Navy, Army and RAF interactive villages, where people can get up close to all the action. Spectators will be able to see SallyB, The Tigers Parachute Display Team, The Blades and Twister Duo.

When the sun goes down, Night Air entertainment will light up the skies with night flying displays illuminated by pyrotechnics and the moon. Supported by the Patrons 100 Club members, and their Ambassador local hotelier David Bailey, they will again be funding three nights of evening air displays as well as supporting this year’s Air Festival charities, The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, (ABF) The Soldiers Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

If last year was big, the presence of Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord & Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy has confirmed the Navy’s ongoing commitment to the event with land, sea and air assets. Hugely taken by what he saw the Royal Navy are planning to bring four warships, a large amphibious command ship complete with helicopters, Royal Marines and landing craft, Royal Navy Black Cats helicopter display team and Commando helicopters. With the famous amphibious beach assault demonstrations and beachfront Royal Navy Village, all bolstered tremendously by the world class music from the Royal Marines Band.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director commented; “Entertainment doesn’t stop with the last aircraft, Wave105 will be staging an impressive Night Air music line-up featuring three different music nights – Thursday ‘Proms on the Beach’ with HM Band Collingwood, Friday welcomes the best chart acts and Saturday night is a celebration of dance music – something for everyone!”

This year the official brochure is taking on a new challenge with the mission of raising £45,000 for the 2015 Air festival charities. Available from early August the £8 Air Festival brochure includes a double-sided souvenir aircraft poster with wristband and £2 donation to Air Festival charities.

www.bournemouthair.co.uk

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Located opposite Bournemouth airport, off the B3073, the Bournemouth Aviation Museum offers a fantastic hands-on experience for all the family. There is a unique selection of informative and interactive exhibits - in fact most of their aircraft cockpits are available for you to actually sit inside. From the famous English Electric Lightning to the mighty Westland Wessex Helicopter, all are available to view up close.

Originally established in May 1998 as the Jet Heritage Museum (housed in the Jet Heritage hangar on the airport) the museum had the advantage of visitors being able to see work under way on Jet Heritage’s fighter collection as well as access to an outside viewing area. June 1999 saw an open day at the museum where, as well as the Jet Heritage aircraft, visitors were treated to a visit by Concorde.

Jet Heritage saw the company go into liquidation in August 1999 but, being a separate Charitable Foundation, the museum remained in business. It then became the Bournemouth Aviation Museum, run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Exhibits ranged in size from an Isaacs Fury to a BAC One-Eleven.

Museum operations continued until the end of 2007 when the museum had to close and relocate due to airport expansion.

In 2008 the museum was relocated to Adventure Wonderland adjacent to the airport.

Today, the museum aims to have as many exhibits as possible, their most recent addition being the Boeing 737-200.

Learn about the variety of exhibits and their various operational roles and get an insight into the local aviation heritage. There is also a gift shop with aviation memorabilia. Entry £6 adults, £3 children, free for under 3s, open daily. Visit www.aviation-museum.co.uk