This ‘Fly Navy’ airshow will showcase the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, its current capabilities and historic achievements.
The show invariably adopts main and supplementary themes and there is plenty to choose from in 2017.
In 2017 the first Royal Navy aircraft will touch down on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she sets sail to begin sea trials. Operational evaluation and testing of the F-35B Lightning multirole fighter will continue; Wildcat helicopters will partner front-line destroyers and frigates and the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day itself celebrates its 70th anniversary: the first show took place in 1947.
These may be themes when the Air Station’s gates open to an estimated 40,000 visitors, providing the perfect opportunity to see naval equipment and meet the Station's personnel.
UK and foreign military formation and solo display teams have been invited to participate at the airshow which will feature over 5 hours of flying displays and an extensive static display.
|Great War Display Team|
|Gazelle Squadron have applied to display with four flying but their attendance has not been confirmed by the show|
|All appearances are subject to availability and to technical, weather and other constraints|
Yeovilton Air Day is famous for it role demonstrations. The Air Day's Commando Assault demonstration is the famous Air Day finale involving helicopters galore and plenty of pyrotechnics.
Elsewhere on the ground there will be displays in the arena and hangars, including a Field Gun Competition, live music and a vehicle exhibition.
Before WWll much of the land on which RNAS Yeovilton stands was owned by the Church of England. The admiralty Air Division commandeered it in 1939 and the first runway was operational in 1941. During the war the station was home for an increasing number of naval air squadrons and afterwards became one of the main demobilization centres for the Royal Navy.
RNAS Yeovilton, also known as HMS Heron, is now one of two principal naval air bases in the UK, the other being RNAS Culdrose. Over 100 aircraft are based here, belonging to front-line squadrons and training units including all Fleet Air Arm Lynx and the Commando Helicopter Force.
Yeovilton also houses the vintage aircraft of the RN Historic Flight and the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
RNAS Yeovilton is on the B3151, five miles north of Yeovil and about forty miles south of Bristol. The B3151 is off the A37 from the north and south and from the A303 from the east and west. The nearest motorway is the M5, which most visitors would leave at junction 25 onto the A358 and then the A303.
The post code BA22 8HT can be used for sat nav but, as with all shows, ignore the sat nav in favour of local directions as soon as you see Air Day traffic signs.
Some coach operators offer excursions, normally with inclusive travel and entry tickets. Check the air show's 'how to get there' page for details.
National Express have a direct coach service from Weymouth which will get you to Yeovil in about an hour but it is more difficult to reach the show in time for the start of the show from further afield. Coach and bus services terminate at Yeovil bus station, from where there is a shuttle bus to the show site.
You can book National Express seats online. Click the National Express name to go to their web site.
The nearest stations are Yeovil Penn Mill and Yeovil Junction. From Yeovil Junction there is a direct service to London (about 2.5 hours) and Exeter (about 1 hour). From Yeovil Penn Mill the service goes to Weymouth (about 45 minutes) and Bristol (about 2 hours). There is a (not free) shuttle bus service from both stations to the show site.
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.
If you need plenty of options, we find that, 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.
For other hotels, the International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express about 20 miles away at Junction 25 of the M5 and there are two nearby Premier Inn hotels, one in Yeovil itself and one at Yeovil airfield, both about 7 miles from the airshow and another in Glastonbury about 12 miles away.
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8th July 2017
On the day (unless sold out)
adult (16+) £27, child (5-15) £14
Advance (1 Feb - 27 June)
adult £21, child £7, online, phone and post booking fee £3
Earlybird no longer available
Arrivals Day £13 advance only
Car parks 08.00
Flying 11.00 - 16.30
Sat Nav BA22 8HB
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