Calendar of British & UK Airshows 2018 onwards

Airshows and other flying displays, 2018 and beyond

Airshows in 2018 (scroll down or use the list on the left for other months)

Date Airshow &Venue Airshow Details
April 1 RAF100 Celebration
Stow Maries Aerodrome, Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Essex
CM3 6RJ

World War 1 replica aircraft flying from Europe's only surviving Great War aerodrome.

April 7 - 8Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-in
Middle Wallop Airfield, Hampshire
SO20 8DY
The Official Fly-in to recognise the 80th anniversary of Taylorcraft, who made the Auster AOP (Air Observation Post) aircraft. Tickets (see their web site for details) include entry to the Museum of Army Flying, the aircraft parking areas and related exhibitions.
May 6 Air and Country Show
Abingdon Airfield, Oxfordshire
OX13 6JG
01235 529142

This relaxed and friendly show moves back to the Bank Holiday weekend for 2018 after experimenting with a slightly later date in 2017. It may well be the first major show of the year for most participants, so the first public display of new teams, new personnel, new paint schemes etc.

Expect live music, local crafts, tanks, vintage and classic vehicles and steam; military and civilian static aircraft, as well as a major fly-in. The number and nature of flying displays may vary from earlier years.

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May 6 Shuttleworth Season Premiere & RAF Centenary Airshow
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

The first Shuttleworth Collection airshow of the season. Flying displays of resident and visiting aircraft, vehicle parade and live music.

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May 12 - 13 Radial and Trainer Fly-in Vl
Compton Abbas Airfield, Ashmore, Salisbury
SP5 5AP

PPR Required. Free Landing fees for pre-1970s and radial aircraft.

Yak 18 G-BMJY 'Yellow 18' from Bourton is the first aircraft to be announced. Also scheduled to come are Compton Abbas resident T6 Texan SNJ-5 the 'Round the World' Chipmunk, flown by Paul Green.

May 19 Classic Evening Airshow
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

A series of 'Classic Evening Airshows' introduced last year are retained in 2018. Opportunities to see the aircraft up close with some late afternoon and early evening flying.

May 20 Wings and Wheels
Stow Maries Aerodrome, Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Essex
CM3 6RJ

Vintage aircraft, classic cars, motorbikes, traders, exhibitors, activities and the museums.

May 26 - 27 Duxford Air Festival
Duxford, Cambs
CB22 4QR
01223 835000

As well as flying, there will be living history re-enactments, sounds of the era and free access to the museum.

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CANCELLED SkyLive Airshow
Durham Tees Valley Airport
Darlington, Tees Valley
DL2 1LU

Skylive was due to return for a third year but it was announced on 26th October that the owners of the airport had withdrawn permission to hold the event. The organisers are seeking an alternative venue.

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June 2 - 3 Torbay Airshow
Paignton
Torbay
Devon
TQ4 6AG

Returning for a third year after its very successful 2016 debut and 2017 reprise. The show is based over the sea at Paignton and the ground events are centred on Paignton Green.

An 'event village' offers stalls, music, food and fair rides.

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June 3 Fly Navy
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

Extremely popular show with naval-oriented displays. Vehicle parade and live music.

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June 9 Queen's Birthday flypast
The Mall, London
SW1A 2AX
Not an airshow as such but an RAF flypast over the Mall and Buckingham Palace at 1pm on the Queen's official birthday.
June 10 RAF Cosford Air Show
RAF Cosford, Shropshire
TF11 8UP
0844 5611897

The only RAF-organised show, featuring plenty of RAF displays and other airshow favourites: classic and current British and foreign aircraft, lots of static aircraft, entertainment, air museum and trade stalls all on this operational RAF airbase. In 2018 the show will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

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June 14 - 16Aero Expo UK
Wycombe Air Park, Bucks
SL7 3DP

Mainly a trade fair exhibiting all types from ultralights through to piston props and helicopters as well as aviation-related technology and accessories. It will include fly-ins of private and exhibited aircraft and a few air displays.

June 16 Classic Evening Airshow
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

A series of 'Classic Evening Airshows' introduced last year are retained in 2018. Opportunities to see the aircraft up close with some late afternoon and early evening flying.

June 16 - 17

Great Yarmouth Airshow

Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR30 2EH

A new airshow was to have been launched in June 2017 but was postponed because of concerns about the anticipated cost of anti-terrorism and medical cover. The postponed show is now confirmed for June 2018.

June 22 - 23 Charity Flying Weekend (Moth Club)
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
De Havilland Moth Club charity flying weekend
June 22 - 24 Flywheel Festival with Classic & Sports Car Show
Bicester Airfield
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA

The Classic and Sports Car Show, previously held at Alexandra Palace, and the Flywheel Festival combine show bring cars and aircraft. There will also be cars on display from private owners, collectors and dealers on this well preserved WW2 bomber station, all against the background of genuine WW2 buildings.

June 23 - 24 Weston Air Festival & Armed Forces Weekend
Weston Bay
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
BS23 1BE

Free event along the seafront and in the air above Weston Bay. Once a single-day event, it was extended to 2 days in 2014.

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June 24 The American Fly-in
Old Buckenham, Norfolk
NR17 1PU

Celebrating everything American on this former USAAF base. The 453rd Bombardment Group & 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery will be open and American aircraft of all eras are invited to join a special display. Other also aircraft welcome.

June 30 Plymouth Armed Forces Day
The Hoe, Plymouth, Devon
PL1 2NZ

Displays from current personnel, veterans, cadet forces, support agencies and charities. Events including Field Gun challenge and flying displays.

June 30 National Armed Forces Day
LLandudno,
N Wales
 

LLandudno will host the National Armed Forces Day event this year. Expect a formal parade and substantial airshow.

June 30 - July 1 Wales National Air Show
Swansea Bay, Glamorgan
SA1 9SA

This show used to be held every two years but became an annual show from 2016. This free event along the South Wales coast, which attracts first class displays, attracted over 250,000 visitors in 2017.

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June 30 - July 1 Battle of Britain Airshow
Headcorn Airfield
Nr Maidstone, Kent
TN27 9HX

Battle of Britain display featuring representative aircraft of the Battle of Britain era such as Spitfires, Hurricane, Tiger Moth and Harvard T6: flying 14.00 - 17.00. Family event including flight experiences, a funfair and stalls. In advance one day prices: Children £7, Adults £12, OAP £9, Family (4 people) £29. For gate, 2-day and weekend prices see their website

June 30 - July 1 Chalke Valley History Festival Air Show
Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
SP5 5JH

The History Festival lasts all week from 25th June but the airshow element is usually limited to the final weekend.

July 1 Military Pageant Airshow
Old Warden, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

One of the venue's bigger airshows will feature a gathering of military aircraft and vehicles. On the ground there will be live music, vehicle parade and re-enactors.

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July 6 - 8 Southport Air Show
Southport Seafront
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 1RY
01704 533333

The Southport Airshow moves from its September slot to the early summer for 2018. Friday dusk and weekend seafront air show, but not free. Unusual in that the flight path is over the broad sands of the beach, whereas most seafront shows are over the sea.

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July 7 RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day
Yeovilton, Somerset
BA22 8HB

Royal Navy's main show of the year with plenty of contributions from the other UK and foreign services as well, on the ground and in the air. Expect five hours of fast jets, rotaries, warbirds and formation teams.

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July 10 RAF100 Parade and Flypast
The Mall, London
SW1A 2AX
Not an airshow as such but an RAF flypast over The Mall to celebrate the centenary of the RAF.
July 12 - 15
NOW CONFIRMED
Festival of Speed, Moving Motor Show (22nd) and
Goodwood Aviation Exhibition

Goodwood, West Sussex
PO18 0PH
01243 755055

Focus on cars and motorcycles and a few top air displays, including for this year the Red Arrows and the Typhoon. Plenty of F1 teams will be represented and top F1 and other race drivers from all eras. Entry by advance ticket only - no tickets on the gate.

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July 13 - 15 Royal International Air Tattoo
RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
GL7 4EG
0800 1071940

The biggest military airshow in the world. Modern military and classic aircraft featuring static and flying exhibits from all over the world, including several national display teams, in around eight hours of spectacular flying each day.

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July 14 Classic Evening Airshow
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

A series of 'Classic Evening Airshows' introduced last year are retained in 2018. Opportunities to see the aircraft up close with some late afternoon and early evening flying.

July 14 - 15 Flying Legends Air Show
Duxford, Cambs
CB22 4QR
01223 835000

One of the most popular warbird air shows and possibly THE heritage air show of the aviation calendar, drawing visitors from around the world. Historic piston engined aircraft in rare combinations in the air and an authentic 1940s atmosphere on the ground.
The finale is a 'balbo': a massed-formation featuring many of the aircraft that took part in the flying displays.

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July 16 - 22 Farnborough International air Show
Farnborough Aerodrome, Hampshire
GU14 6AZ

The biggest aircraft trade show in the UK is held once every two years. The first few days are trade days but Friday has special features for younger people and the last two days are a public airshow.

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July 20 - 22 Silverstone Classic
Silverstone, Northants
NN12 8TN

The race course is built on a wartime airstrip. Expect big name live music acts as well as air displays and classic motor racing.

July 21 - 22 Stow Maries at War
Stow Maries Aerodrome, Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Essex
CM3 6RJ

The airfield at war.

July 27 - 29 Sunderland International Airshow
Seaburn Recreation Park & Seaburn and Roker Seafront, Sunderland
SR6 8AB

Free seafront airshow starts at dusk on Friday and continues all day Saturday and Sunday, with flying each day and arena events.

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July 28 - 29 Old Buckenham Air Show
Old Buckenham, Norfolk
NR17 1PU
01953 860806

Previously a one-day show, it has been held over 2 days since 2013.

An exciting mix of warbirds and civilian aircraft; classic and military vehicles; tank rides; re-enactors; bands; food village; funfair; helicopter rides and flying experiences.

Also Rod Dean in Slingsby Firefly
Aug 5 Shuttleworth Family Airshow
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

Last year's Edwardian Pageant becomes the 'Family' airshow. Expect a large number of resident aircraft and visitors on the ground and in the air, music and a vehicle parade; free rides on a vintage bus and the opportunity to look around the Regency Swiss Garden and Shuttleworth House.

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Aug 9 - 12 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
BS8 3TQ

The 40th balloon fiesta, as its name suggests, is principally a gathering for balloon enthusiasts with ground attractions including music and a fair but there are also air displays. Balloon launches and nightglows some days.

This is a free 4-day festival about 20 minutes walk from Bristol city centre. Shuttle bus or parking (charged) is available.

Aug 11 - 12 Blackpool Airshow
Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool, Lancashire
FY1 4BJ
01253 478222

Free seaside airshow with afternoon displays of classic and modern aircraft over two days, centred just to the left of the North pier.

Aug 11 - 12 Festival of Flight
Newcastle, Co Down,
N. Ireland
02843 722222

Air displays over Dundrum Bay; exhibitions, street entertainment, music and other ground-based activities.

Aug 11 - 17
(Flying on some days)
Cromer Carnival
Cromer
Norfolk
NR27 9HP

A week of carnival events, always held in August, in the week which includes the third Wednesday, this year 11th - 17th August. The Red Arrows usually display on the Wednesday but this will not be confirmed until early 2018.

Aug 12
NEW DATE (was July 29)
Gathering of Moths: Mothfest
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927
A gathering of de Havilland Moths, returning to Old Warden again after their debut here in 2016 and return in 2017, replacing the Woburn Moth Rallies. Moth pilots can register to attend. Free visitor entry to the grounds for the event but visits to the Collection will be at group entry rate - payable on the day.
Aug 16 - 19 Airbourne - Eastbourne International Airshow
Eastbourne,
BN21 3YT
01323 411400

Free 4-day airshow along the very attractive seafront with ground displays, extensive military exhibition and plenty of flying all four days including strong military involvement. Also live music on the beach stage, children’s entertainment areas, helicopter pleasure flights and fireworks.

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Aug 18 Shuttleworth Flying Proms
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

The 21st incarnation of the extremely popular Flying Proms. Exquisite Flying by resident and visiting aircraft in display sequences to live classical music. Free vintage bus rides to Shuttleworth House.

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Aug 18 - 19 Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
Biggin Hill Airport
Kent
TN16 3BH

The fifth year of the show in its new guise retains the 2-day format introduced in 2017.

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Aug 18 - 19 Combined Ops
Headcorn Airfield
Nr Maidstone, Kent
TN27 9HX

Classic aircraft and historic military vehicles at the former WWll airfield then known as 'Lashenden Airfield'.

Aug 23 - 24 Clacton Air Show
West Greensward, Clacton seafront, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
CO15 1NW
01255 686633

Free seaside air show and ground attractions. Not as big as some other seaside shows, but a good mix of military and classic aircraft exhibition, trade stands, food court and on-site entertainment.

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Aug 25 - 26Wings and Wheels
Dunsfold, Surrey
GU6 8HY
01483 542226

Great show with classic, military and car runs, ground shows, static displays and about 5 hours flying each day based on this historic airfield with intimate links to Hawker aircraft, Brooklands and Top Gear.

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Aug 25 - 26 2018 (TBC early in 2018) Rhyl Air Show
Rhyl, Denbighshire, North Wales
LL18 3AQ

The local authority have advised that the 2018 show has not been confirmed yet but that, presuming it does go ahead, it will be over the weekend of the August Bank Holiday. Free seaside air show and ground attractions. There will be military and civilian favourites in the air plus exhibition, trade stands, food court and on site entertainment. Main viewing areas will be between Blue Bridge and the Splashpoint along the seafront. The events arena will be by the Seaquarium.

Aug 26 Little Gransden Air and Car show
Fullers Hill Farm, Little Gransden, Cambs
SG19 3BP
07730 091132

Around four hours of vintage and aerobatic flying; vintage, veteran and classic vehicles and large scale model aircraft, in aid of Children in Need and local charities.

Aug 30 - Sept 1 Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Dartmouth, Devon
TQ6 9PS

Mainly a rowing and sailing regatta but also some air displays and related events in and around the town.

Aug 30 - Sept 2 Bournemouth Air Festival
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH1 3AF

This free seafront show enters its second decade following its 10th anniversary show last year. Expect military and civilian favourites in the air and naval involvement; parachutes with flares and planes with fireworks after dark along with lots of music and other entertainment on the ground for the whole family in this award-winning festival.

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Aug 31 - Sept 2 Scottish International Airshow
The Low Green, Ayr, Scotland
KA7 2XA
01292 479500

The former 'Scottish Airshow' retains the 'Scottish International Airshow' title and stretches to three days for 2018 with an evening air display on the Friday and two full days of flying along Ayr seafront over the weekend. Also expect a funfair, aviation market, STEM, family area, comfort seating, VIP, enthusiast areas, vintage vehicles, steam, military villages, marketplace and other ground attractions.

Sept 1 - 2 Airwaves: Northern Ireland International Airshow
Portrush, Coleraine, N. Ireland
BT56 8AP
02870 347234

Biggest airshow in Ireland. Free air and sea displays, ground shows and exhibitions in two areas: East Strand and Lansdowne. The display line moved to the east side of the peninsular in 2014, bringing it closer to the crowd line and with the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle photogenically in the background.

Sept 2 Shuttleworth Heritage Day Airshow
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

The September show keeps its 2017 theme. Vintage aircraft, vintage motors, vintage agriculture and vintage bikes, from the collection and from visitors.

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Sept 7 - 9
PROVISIONAL
Goodwood Revival
Goodwood
West Sussex
PO18 0PH
01243 755055

Step back in time to the halcyon days of motor racing at Goodwood. Revival is not just a celebration but a recreation of the 'Goodwood Years'. Come in period dress and be part of the festival with period car and motorcycle racing, flying and static air displays of pre-1966 craft. Entry by advance ticket only - no tickets on the gate.

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Sept 8 - 9 Scampton Airshow
RAF Scampton
Lincoln
LN1 2ST

The second incarnation of this new airshow, organised by the RAF Charitable Trust, who also organise RIAT.

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Sept 13 Jersey International Air Display
St Aubins Bay, Jersey, Channel Is
01534-873956

Wartime and modern military and civil aircraft. Expect an impressive line-up including a great deal of foreign participation not commonly seen on the mainland, flying over the coast in St Aubins Bay, adjacent to the island's capital, St. Helier.

Sept 13 Guernsey Air Display
St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Is
GU1
01481 728686

Slightly smaller than the Jersey show on the same day, this show is centred to the east of St Peter Port harbour.

Sept 22 - 23 Battle of Britain Air Show
Duxford Cambs
CB22 4QR
01223 835000

The Duxford's September Air Show will celebrate the Battle of Britain again in 2018. As well as flying, there will be living history re-enactments, sounds of the era and access to the museum.

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Sept 22 - 23 Sywell Classic Pistons and Props
Sywell Aerodrome
Northants
NN6 0BN

Classic cars, bikes and planes, vintage lifestyle and family entertainment. Vintage and classic traders. Vintage funfair and music. Aviation museum and art deco buildings. Many of the visitors wear classic dress.

Oct 7 Shuttleworth Race Day (Season Finale)
Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
01767 627927

The last airshow at Old Warden, Shuttleworth Race Day will blend the best of Shuttleworth's vehicles with the usual superlative flying.

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Future Years
June 2 - 9 2019Daks over Normandy
There will be a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day from 2 to 5 June at IWM Duxford and from 6 to 9 June at Caen Carpiquet Airport in France. On 5th June around 30 Douglas Dakotas / DC-3s / C-47s from all over the world are expected to fly in formation across the English Channel for an airborne parachute drop over the original 1944 drop zones.
July 20 - 26 2020
July 18 - 24 2022

Farnborough International air Show
Farnborough Aerodrome, Hampshire
GU14 6AZ

The biggest aircraft trade show in the UK is held once every two years. The first few days are trade days but Friday has special features for younger people and the last two days are a public airshow.

July 19-21 2019
July 17-19 2020
July 16-18 2021
July 15-17 2022
Royal International Air Tattoo
RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
GL7 4EG
0800 1071940

The biggest military airshow in the world. Modern military and classic aircraft featuring static and flying exhibits from all over the world, including several national display teams, in around eight hours of spectacular flying each day.

August 15 - 18 2019
August 13 - 16 2020
Airbourne - Eastbourne International Airshow
Eastbourne,
BN21 3YT
01323 411400

Free 4-day airshow along the very attractive seafront with ground displays, extensive military exhibition and plenty of flying all four days including strong military involvement. Also live music on the beach stage, children’s entertainment areas, helicopter pleasure flights and fireworks.

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