Shoreham Airshow

RAFA Shoreham Air Show

Shoreham Airshow

There will not be a show in 2018
Great War Display Team

Regulars at Shoreham: Great War Display Team

The tragic incident in 2015, in which 11 bystanders and road users were killed when Hawker Hunter T7 WV372 was lost, had resulted in a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the prospects for future shows at the venue.

The organisers announced in January 2016 that the Shoreham Airshow would not be held in that year. That was widely anticipated. They say the decision was principally out of respect for those affected by the incident in 2015. The show was unlikely to go ahead anyway until the outcome of the review by the AAIB into the accident is complete and the findings considered, by which time there would be little time to make the arrangements. The organisers said they would 'explore the possibility' of holding a show in 2017 but that show was also cancelled. This and other statements from the show organisers are on the show's web site.

The RAFA Shoreham Airshow had been held annually at Shoreham airfield, the oldest licensed airfield in the UK (now known as Brighton International Airport) for 27 years until 2015.

Against a background of the imposing Lancing college and the West Sussex countryside, the show is famous for featuring a plethora of wartime aircraft and for its set-piece, usually involving a re-enactment of an airfield attack, with pyrotechnics, scramble and pursuit.

Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold is an excellent, reasonably nearby, alternative.


Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Shoreham is in West Sussex, West of Brighton. Look for signposts to the show or to Brighton International (Shoreham) airport.

From the east and west, use the A27, or locally the A259. From the north you are advised to avoid the A283 and join the A27 from the A23.

The airport is signposted from the A27 at traffic lights between Adur flyover and North Lancing roundabout. Post Code (for Sat Nav) BN43 5FF.

There is free parking at the airport.

By coach

National Express have services that go to Shoreham. All services go to the High Street on the A259.

By Train

There are frequent direct mainline rail services from London, Brighton and other south coast stations.

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 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 in Brighton about 7 miles to the east and Premier Inn have hotels in Worthing (5 miles), Brighton (7 miles), Littlehampton (9 miles) and Arundel, about twelve miles to the west.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Shoreham Airport 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.

Airshow links

Show's web site


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