Midlands Air Festival

Midlands Air Festival, Arbury Hall, Arbury Park, Nuneaton

17th - 19th May, 2019
Bristol Blenheim

The Bristol Blenheim: one of the displays in 2018

The Midlands Air Festival returns for 2019 in a new location, Arbury Hall, Arbury Park, Nuneaton. It will again feature Nightfire on Friday and virtually every type of aviation over the weekend. Thirty aircraft and over 100 hot air baloons including 40 special shapes have been promised.

The first Midlands Air Festival was held in 2018 at Ragley Hall and 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.

Further details of the aircraft and balloons that will feature in the 2019 show will be released soon.

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.

Due to fly
Fournier RF4 Motorglider
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints


Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Use postcode CV10 7NF in the sat nav 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

The nearest main station to Arbury Hall is Nuneaton, which is a little over 10 minutes from the Hall by taxi.

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
Incidents and enquiries
National Railway Map
DIY pocket timetable
Journey planning by public transport
Route planners (Road)
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.

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 change the number of rooms and guests, as necessary.

The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn Express hotel at Nuneaton, about 2 miles away and there are Premier Inn hotels in Nuneaton (2 miles away) and Hinkley (4 miles) as well as several more in the Coventry area, around 10 miles away. If searching for a Holiday Inn, be sure to put 'Nuneaton' in the search box. If you try 'Arbury Park', you may get results from Australia.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Nuneaton 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.

2019 Show Basics

17th - 19th May

Airshow links

Midlands Air Festival website

Show Management

Slipstream Management Ltd.