July 29th & 30th
Previously a one-day show, the Old Buckenham Airshow has been held over 2 days since 2013. For 2021 it had been stretched to three days but reverted to two and remains a two-day show for 2023.
The show offers an exciting and expanding mix of warbirds and civilian aircraft; classic and military vehicles; military vehicle rides; re-enactors; bands; food village; family centre and funfair.
In 2022 Alex Rainier flew a Pipistrel Velis Electro, believed to be the first electric aircraft display at an Airshow anywhere in the world.
Old Buckenham is already at the forefront of electric flight. The home of the UK’s first electric aircraft charger is also the place where the NUNCATS project is developing an aircraft designed to connect the developing world, with zero emissions. Test flights are imminent and the factory will be based at the airfield in a hangar originally built for the USAAF in WWII.
In order to reduce the environmental impact of the airield and the airshow in particular, they have studied everything from the aircraft to generators; printing to transport.
The impact of travelling to the show will be offset by planting 40,000 trees, enough to offset 358 tonnes of CO2 and will plant 40,000 trees for every airshow from now on. Cabling is being installed to avoid the use of generators and power only comes from zero emission providers.
Tickets are available now.
|This is the 2023 flying list Please check the show's site for the latest list|
|Red Arrows (Sat only)|
|Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF) (both days)|
|BBMF Lancaster 'PA474 Leader' (Sat only)|
|de Havilland DH.100 Vampire T.55 XJ711 (Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron) (Sun only)|
|Boeing B-17G 'Sally B' (both days)|
|Bristol Blenheim G-BPIV (ARC)|
|Beechcraft D.17S Staggerwing 'High Maintenance' N9405H|
|Tiger 9 Formation Team|
|P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen' (Aerial Collective)|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV MH434|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX 'RW382' 'The Suffolk Spitfire' presented USAAF Mk.IXc "Porky II" (converted from a low-back Mk XVIe to high-back Mk IX configuration, complete with Rolls Royce Merlin, full wing tips and earlier rounded tail, in 2011).|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver G-DHCZ: Aircraft Restoration Company|
|North American Harvard IV (ARCo)|
|North American Harvard AT-6C, American navy livery|
|RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team|
In case there are mistakes or changes, please check the
show's site for the latest list.
Use postcode NR17 1PU in the Sat Nav until you get close, but ignore sat nav in favour of local airshow signs as soon as you see them. In particular, be sure to avoid Attleborough.
There are links to other route planners in the Travel Advice section.
Although there is a station at Buckenham, services are sparse. There is normally a service at weekends. Attleborough, between Cambridge and Norwich, is the nearest alternative station. A taxi from there to the airfield would take about 10 minutes in normal traffic.
Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.
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.
The location is already built in to the link but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.
There are 5 Premier Inn hotels in or around Norwich and one inThetford, all within about 20 miles of the show.
There are 3 Travelodge hotels in Norwich and one in Thetford, all within about 15 miles of the show.
A full 7 day Banham (nearest to Old Buckenham) weather forecast from the UK Met Office
The Met Office 7-day forecast includes actual and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.
The BBC's 14-day forecast has overall conditions including and hourly estimate of temperature, wind direction, wind speed and UV range.
Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.
July 29th & 30th
This is one of the few airshows that welcomes dogs, provided they are on a lead at all the times. Plenty of water is provided for dogs.
Sat Nav Postcode NR17 1PU
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