Midlands Air Festival

The 2020 show has been cancelled

Next Festival will be held at Ragley Hall on 4 - 6- June 2021

Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire

4 - 6- June 2021
Bristol Blenheim

The Bristol Blenheim: one of the displays at the previous show at Ragley Hall in 2018

Message from the organisers

Subsequent to the recent government announcement on curtailing large gatherings and our concerns for the rapidly changing developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, the organisers of the Midlands Air Festival have reluctantly had no option but to cancel this year’s event, which was to take place at Ragley Hall on the 29th to 31st May.

The health and safety of our visitors is of course our primary and overriding concern and throughout the last months we have already been including additional measures and mitigation in our event planning to protect our audience, pilots, teams, traders and volunteers. Sadly, the UK and worldwide situation has overtaken us and we have no option but to cancel this fantastic event for this year. All tickets purchased so far will be automatically refunded subject to our ticketing providers, See Tickets, standard terms and conditions.

Both James and I are extremely sorry for any justifiable disappointment and inconvenience this may cause but on the positive side, we and our team are already enthusiastically planning next years show, carrying forward the exciting surprises we had arranged and adding ever more spectacle to this unique event.

We are therefore delighted to announce that the Midlands Air Festival will return to our home of Ragley Hall on the 4th, 5th and 6th of June 2021.

In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to seeing all of you back at Ragley Hall for another stunning Air Festival next year.

Trev Graham & James McDonald – The Midlands Air Festival

Arbury Hall, Nuneaton

May 29 - 31
Otto displayed on Friday

Brendan O'Brien's Otto was one of the dusk displays on Friday

In May 2019 The Festival was held at Arbury Hall, Arbury Park, Nuneaton. It featured a Nightfire and virtually all kinds of aviation over the weekend. Fascinating special shapes were amongst the balloons that took part in the night glow on Friday and two mass balloon ascents. Although there were cancellations, most of the aircraft also displayed.

Nightfire on the Friday evening featured a night time aerobatic air display with lights and pyrotechnics, followed by a hot air balloon glow: balloons inflated and burning to a choreographed music track and a fireworks finale.

Arbury Hall

Arbury Hall, set in lakes and parkland of over 100 acres, was built on the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Priory and remodelled into the Gothic style in the second half of the 18th century.

The Estate includes Arbury Hall, park and farms, residential properties, a commercial estate and Astley Castle & Manor.

Nightfire on Friday
Scheduled to fly at dusk, with fireworks
Brendan O'Brien in J-3 Cub
Brendan O'Brien & Otto the helicopter
Silence Twister solo with Grob x2
Red Devils Parachute Display Team.
30 Balloons
Aircraft Scheduled to fly in daylight
Saturday and Sunday unless noted
Fournier RF4 Motorglider (Bob Grimstead) (also Friday)
Catalina PBY-5A (Catalina Society 'Plane Sailing')
Yakolev YAK3-U (Will Greenwood)
Team Raven
Brendan O'Brien in J-3 Cub
Brendan O'Brien & Otto the helicopter
Westland Wasp (also Friday)
Calidus Autogyro, Peter Davies (also Friday)
Strikemaster pair, G-SOAF and G-RSAF Cancelled - pilot unwell replaced by Jet Provost Mk3
SIAI Marchetti F260
Stampe Formation TeamStampe Formation Flying Team (four SV.4 Stampe biplanes)
Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
P-51D Mustang 'The Shark' (Norwegian Spitfire Foundation)
Sea Fury T-20Hawker T20 Sea Fury (Norwegian Spitfire Foundation)
Red Devils Parachute Display Team
Auster (Friday only)
Silence Twister solo (Friday only)
Appearances are always subject to technical, weather and other constraints and some were affected.

Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall Estate

18 - 20 May 2018
Bristol Blenheim

The Bristol Blenheim: one of the displays

This new aviation event for the Midlands, featuring virtually every type of aviation, was a massive success.

Nightfire on the Friday evening featured a night time aerobatic air display with lights and pyrotechnics, followed by a hot air balloon glow: balloons inflated and burning to a choreographed music track and a fireworks finale.

Most of the air displays were on Saturday and Sunday. They included classic WW1 & WW2 fighters, high energy aerobatics, classic jets, flying circus, helicopters, a gyrocopter and a full hot air balloon festival with around 75 balloons, mainly special shapes.

On the ground there were trade stalls, catering, exhibitors, arena events and activities, including Battlefield South’s Commando laser shooting experience: free of charge on a first come first served basis. Ragley Hall itself was open and could be visited for an additional donation.

The flying displays are listed in the table.

About Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall, a stately home completed in 1750, is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford and is currently the family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness.

Aircraft
Due to fly (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
P-51D Mustang 'The Shark'
Bristol Blenheim
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 'N3200'
Lauren Wilson in Pitts S-1S
Turbulent Team
Hawker Fury FB11
Calidus Autogyro, Peter Davies
Westland Wasp: Terry Martin
Fournier RF4 Motor Glider
Catalina
Strikemaster
Harvard
Beech 18
Great War Display Team
Auster
P-47 Thunderbolt
Stampe Formation Flying Team ‘Belgian Ballerinas’
Otto the helicopter, flown by Brendan O'Brien (also Friday evening)
Twister (solo) (Friday Evening)
Sydney Charles Display Team (Grob Motor Gliders x2) (Friday evening)
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

Location

Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Use postcode B49 5NJ in the sat nav until you get close, but ignore the sat nav in favour of local direction 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

Statford-upon-Avon train station is about 8 miles from Ragley Hall.

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 link but when the list comes up you do have to enter your dates and adjust the number of rooms and guests, if necessary.

The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn Express hotel at Redditch, about 8 miles away and one in Droitwich Spa, about 11 miles away. There are Premier Inn hotels in Evesham (7 miles away) and Stratford-upon-Avon (9 miles away) as well as several more about 10 miles from the show.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Alcester 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.

Next Show
Date

June 4 - 6 2021

Airshow links

Midlands Air Festival website

Show Management

Slipstream Management Ltd.
info@midlandsairfestival.com.

Travel

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

Trade Enquiries

Click the blue text for the show's application form for traders.