Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

11 - 12 August 2018
Red Arrows Rollbacks

The Red Arrows are due to close the show at 4pm on Sunday

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

The Red Arrows will again headline the show but will display on Sunday only, although the 'bring on the noise' Typhoon will be there both days, as will the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane trio.

Earlier schedules suggested an appearance by the Strikemaster, but this is not in the current schedule and the owner has confirmed that it will not be at the show.

See the tables for the latest flying schedule and for the expected display timetable.

Due to fly
Red Arrows (Sunday only)
Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF) (both days)
Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane (BBMF)(both days)
Swordfish W5856 (Navy Wings)
The Blades
Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
Scottish Aviation Bulldog
Chipmunkde Havilland Chipmunk
North American P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
Pitts Special, Lauren Wilson
Yakovlev Yak 50
Turbulent Team
Extra 300L
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints
Flying Schedule (Revised)
13.51The Blades13.44Extra 300L
14:24Extra 300L14.09Pitts
14.35Swordfish14.20Mustang 'Miss Helen'
14.48Pitts14.32Yak 50
15.14Mustang 'Miss Helen'14.43BBMF
15.26Yak 5015.04Bulldog
15.37Bulldog15.15The Blades
15.48Turb Team15.36Turb Team
16.09Typhoon16.00Red Arrows
Approximate and subject to change


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.

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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.

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 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.

2018 Show Basics

11th & 12th August 2018

Airshow links
Show's website


Not required. This is a free seaside airshow


Abut 13.00 until 16.30 both days


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