Headcorn Battle of Britain Airshow

Aero Legends Airshow

Headcorn Aerodrome
September 25th - 27th 2020
(confirmed following review on July 6th)
(was June 27-28)
Round Canopy drop in 2019

Round canopy drop in 2019.

The airshow at Headcorn is focussed on the Battle of Britain. Its displays feature representative aircraft of the Battle of Britain era and around the grounds are family friendly attractions.

The show was to have been in June but was postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The organisers confirmed following a review on July 6th that the show will go ahead but are keeping a close watch on the situation in case the government have to introduce more stringent measures. Furthermore, the previously 2-day show will run over three days in 2020, to include the Friday as well as the weekend days.

The first display to be confirmed is The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), who have been working up a special display to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain called the ‘Dowding Display’. This comprises 5 aircraft including the Avro Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes.

More details of other displays will be on their web site and here over the coming weeks.

About Headcorn Aerodrome

Originally farmland, the site became a First World War training school in 1914 but reverted to a working farm following the war. In 1942 it was requisitioned by the Airfields Board and became Lashenden aerodrome. The Canadian Air Force moved in during August 1943, flying Spitfire 1Xb’s under the command of ‘Johnnie’ Johnson. The United States were later based here flying the North American P51D Mustang until they left in June 1945 when the airfield closed.

Flying resumed at the now-private aerodrome in 1963. Aero Legends arrived in 2014 and introduced flight experiences.

BBMF Dowding 5-aircraft display: Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes
Stampe Formation TeamStampe Formation Flying Team (four SV.4 Stampe biplanes) (TBC)
Additionally there will be a display of static aircraft.
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints


Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

The Aerodrome is about 15 minutes (in normal traffic) south of Junction 8 of the M20. Use Sat Nav TN27 9HX 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 Train

Headcorn has its own railway station on the London Charing Cross to Ashford International line. A taxi from the station to the aerodrome takes about 5 minutes in normal traffic.

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 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 the blue agency name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into the link, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates and adjust the number of guests, if necessary.

There are six Premier Inn hotels in the Ashford and Maidstone areas within about 15 miles of the aerodrome and several more slightly further away. The International Hotels Group have Holiday Inn hotels in Ashford and Maidstone between about 8 and 15 miles from Headcorn.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Headcorn / Frittenden 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

September 25th - 27th
confirmed following review on July 6

Airshow links


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