Blackpool Airshow 2020 Preview

Blackpool Airshow 2020

August 8th - 9th
Chinook

RAF Chinook

The Red Arrows are regulars and the RAF generally are supporters of the show.

Details of the proposals for 2020 will be here when known.

Aircraft
Aircraft will be listed here when known.
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

About the show

A free seaside airshow with afternoon displays of classic and modern aircraft over two days. The best views are from the promenade between the Central Pier and the Northern Victorian pier.

Blackpool Airshow 2019

August 10th & 11th
Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team were due to display on both days - but didn't.

The Red Arrows are regulars but did not display this year, because they were on their North American tour. Jets were nevertheless due to feature impressively, with two of the most popular teams: a rare UK appearance by the Breitling Jet Team and the ever-popular 'Bring on the Noise' RAF Typhoon.

Unfortunately, the extreme weather conditions prevented any flying on Saturday and on Sunday a reduced programme did not include the Breitling Jet Team. One of their aircraft suffered a technical problem and the weather en route prevented the arrival of the others.

Everyone's other favourite, the RAF Chinook, made this one of just 13 locations nationwide to secure the display in 2019 and the other teams made special efforts to ensure there was a display programme on Sunday.

Originally proposed schedule
Saturday flying programme cancelled
13:30 Typhoon
13:43 Muscle Pitts S2S Special
13:56 AeroSuperbatics Wingwalkers
14:17BBMF
14:38RAF Chinook
14:55 Avro Anson
15:06 Bulldog
15:17 Calidus Autogyro
15:28 The Blades
15:49 Harvard
16:00 Extra & Yak 50
16:11 Breitling Jets
Sunday
13:30 Typhoon
13:43AeroSuperbatics Wingwalkers
14:04 BBMF
14:25RAF Chinook
14:42 Avro Anson
14:53 Bulldog
15:04 Calidus Autogyro
15:15 The Blades
15:36 Harvard
15.47Extra & Yak 50
15:58Muscle Pitts S2S Special
16:11 Breitling Jets
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints
Aircraft
All flying cancelled Saturday.
Breitling Jet Team (cancelled both days: weather and tech issue)
Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Chinook (RAF)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane
Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
The Blades
Calidus Autogyro, Peter Davies
Richard Goodwin 'Muscle' Pitts Special
Extra
Yak 50
Avro Anson
Harvard
Bulldog
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

Location

Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Use sat Nav FY1 4BJ until you get close, but ignore the sat nav in favour of local directions signs as soon as you see them. There are links to route planners in the Travel Advice column if you prefer to plan ahead or don't have sat nav.

By coach

Blackpool is well served by National Express. There are routes from many towns and cities including Preston, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Taunton, Stoke, Plymouth, Yeovil, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Bradford and places in between. Click the blue National Express to go to their web site.

By Train

There are direct services to Blackpool North from Manchester, Liverpool and York. Services from London Euston, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other major cities go to Preston, from where there are about 4 trains an hour for the onward journey to Blackpool.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

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.

Travel Advice

Road traffic updates
Highways Agency
Rail
Incidents and enquiries
National Railway Map
DIY pocket timetable
Journey planning by public transport
Traveline
Route planners (Road)
AA
RAC
Bing (Microsoft)

Accommodation near the show

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.

Expedia lists 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. They also give, and take, Nectar points.

Click the blue Expedia name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into the links but when the list comes up you will need to enter your dates and adjust the number of rooms and guests, if necessary.

The International Hotels Group do not have a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in Blackpool itself, but there is one Holiday Inn and one Holiday Inn Express hotel in Preston, about 15 miles away. There is a Premier Inn near the beach; another two within three miles and a fourth in Blackpool East.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Blackpool weather forecast from the UK Met Office

The Met office seven-day forecast includes maximum, minimum and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind direction, gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's five-day forecast has overall conditions including temperatures, UV range and a description that may help to determine how pleasant the day will be for the visitor.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

2020 Show Basics
Date

August 8th & 9th

Airshow links
Show's website

Tickets

Not required. This is a free seaside airshow

Probable Times

Flying from about 1.30 p.m. on both days

Travel

For links to travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting there' tab