Sunderland International Airshow 2021

The air show at Roker Beach


Sunderland International Airshow


Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are regulars at the Sunderland International Airshow

Sunderland is one of the longest-running seaside airshows: 2021 would have been the 32nd Sunderland International Airshow. Activities usually start on Friday evening and continue all day Saturday and Sunday, with flying displays and arena events.

Normally, visitors expect a very good military presence in the air and on the ground with RAF, Army and Navy military villages as well as the usual craft and trade stands. However, regrettably the show was cancelled in 2021 because of Covid-19.

Message from the airshow organisers about the 2021 show.

After careful consideration Sunderland City Council have taken the decision to cancel the Sunderland Airshow 2021.

Getting to the Sunderland Airshow

By car

The nearest main road to the flying line is the A183, Whitburn Road. Use sat nav SR6 8AB 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 other route planners in the Travel Advice section.

By Train

Sunderland is about 20 minutes from Newcastle and to there about another hour from York, 1½hours from Edinburgh, 2½ hours from Manchester or 3 hours from London.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

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Accommodation near the Sunderland Airshow

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.

Some Options

There are two Premier Inn hotels in Sunderland and another 11 within 15 miles.

Travelodge have two hotels in Sunderland itself and another six within 10 miles.

Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. The links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

Weather for the Sunderland Airshow area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Sunderland weather forecast from the UK Met Office

BBC Forecast

A 14-day forecast from the BBC

What the forecasts tell you

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.

2021 Show Basics



Airshow links

Show's web site

Tickets in 2021

Not required. This is a free seaside show


Sat Nav SR6 8AB


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