This will be the 26th Southport Airshow, which has been an annual event since 1991. Expect the displays to represent the normal seaside mix of military and civilian aircraft including warbirds, light aircraft, aerobatics, jets and rotaries. On the ground enjoy static aircraft, children's entertainment, simulators, trade and military displays.
There is also due to be an evening programme on Friday 15th, although the planned programme for the Friday in 2016 had to be cancelled because of atrocious weather.
Southport, Merseyside, is on the coast of the Irish sea, not far from Liverpool. There is a very deep expanse of sand. As well as the sand, another backdrop for the displays is the very old but modernised Southport Pier, the second longest pleasure pier in Great Britain.
Southport is unusual in three respects. Firstly, because the beach is so deep there are displays over the sand, whereas at other seaside shows the aircraft would always be over water. The second novel feature is that Southport charges, so you have to buy tickets to get the best views. Southport has managed to make this work, unlike unsuccessful charging experiments at seaside shows elsewhere. Thirdly, some light aircraft land on the beach before the main displays, so there are ground aircraft movements, whereas at other seaside shows all displays would fly in and fly out.
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Use the postcode PR8 1RY until you get close enough to pick up the airshow direction signs. Follow the signs in preference to the sat nav once you see them, as there may be traffic diversions in place.
For a detailed route, select one of the routeplanner links on this page.
National Express have direct coach services from Liverpool (about 1 hour), Birmingham (express about 4 hours) and London (roughly 6 hours) with connections from further afield. All services terminate at the the coach station, which is close to the railway station and only a short walk from Marine Drive, parallel to the flying line. You can book seats online. Click the National Express name to go to their web site.
Local bus services are operated by Merseytravel.
Northern Rail operate direct services to Southport from Manchester city and airport, Bolton and Wigan. Merseyrail go direct to Liverpool airport and city. From Manchester and Liverpool there are connecting services nationwide.
The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose, but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.
It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.
There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.
Between them, LateRooms and Expedia list a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. Expedia also give, and take, Nectar points.
Click either blue agency name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into both links, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates.
Trivago will list competitive prices for a range of hotels, but they might not necessarily find them all, because some chains do not subscribe to their service. You may also get a better rate if you book direct with an hotel, especially if you are a member of a loyalty or rewards scheme.
The International Hotels Group have two Holiday Inn Express hotels in Liverpool and one in Preston, all roughly 18 miles away. They also have Holiday Inn hotels in Liverpool and Preston. Premier Inn have one hotel in Southport itself and another just outside, in Ormskirk, about 4 miles away as well as two in Liverpool. Toprooms can find some B&Bs
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September 15th - 17th
in advance: adults & children over 5 £6.50
on the day adults & children over 5 £8.
Sat & Sun
in advance: adults £8.50, children 5-15, £6.50.
on the day: adults £10, children 5-15 £8.50.
Advance parking £7.
Gates at 6pm.
Flying at dusk.
Sat & Sun
Event open 09.00 until 17.30 both days. Flying will be within those hours
Sat Nav PR8 1RY
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