Teesside Airshow

Previously known as the Tees Valley 'SkyLive' Airshow

Teesside Airshow

11th June 2022



The organisers announced on 17th January 2022 that the Teesside Airshow will be back on June 11th of that year, after an absence of 5 years.

The 2018 show was cancelled. There were also no shows in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

For 2022 the organisers, Skylive Air, promised the show's return with displays and fly-bys, a classic car show, displays from the Army, a funfair, live music and food stalls.

The show had excellent support from the RAF with the Red Arrows, Typhoon, BBMF and Falcons Parachute Display Team all on the list.

More details on their web site.

In the event, the show did go ahead but the main headline was massive traffic queues, which caused the organisers to offer refunds to anyone unable to get to the show for reasons which they said were beyond their control.

There has been no word of an airshow at Teesside since 2022.

Red Arrows
BBMF Spitfire & Hurricane
Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
StarlingsThe Starlings Aerobatic Team (Extra 330 and CAP 232)
Calidus Autogyro, Peter Davies
L-39 Aviation (Aero Vodochody L-39)
Hawker Hunter Mk 58, ZZ190 (Hawker Hunter Aviation) Flying in and then static (no display).

In case there are mistakes or changes, please check the show's site for the latest list.
Appearances are always subject to technical, weather and other constraints.

SkyLive Airshow 2018 Cancelled

was to have been May 27th 2018



The organisers had promised an announcement on the 2018 show. Details of flying displays were expected but the story was instead the cancellation of the show. The show organisers said at the time that the airport owners had caused the cancellation, citing regulations, the cost of satisfying them and financial losses they say they have had to bear.

The organisers dispute this, saying that the show would have continued to grow. A few possible alternative venues had been suggested, but none came about.

The 2016 show had been good as a general family show with some flying but not memorable as an airshow. The 2017 show was a little better but still not as good as the hype. The 2018 had been intended to build on the improvement over the previous two years but that aspiration was not realised.

Aircraft in 2017
Flying list (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire
Breitling Wingwalkers CANCELLED
RAF Falcons
Global Stars
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse 'Loach'
Lauren Richardson CANCELLED
T-6 'Texan'
Tom Cassells, CAP 232
Boeing 727 Oil Spill Response aircraft will take off and flypast but will not perform a full display
Additionally the following were on static display
The BBMF aircraft, Chinook, RAF Tucano T1, RAF Hawk, Auster WZ706, RN Wildcat and a Boeing 727 Oil Spill Response aircraft

Plenty of Family Fun but not much Flying


Along with the Red Arrows, the Typhoon was a major highlight

An estimated 18,00 visitors turned up when Durham Tees Valley Airport hosted an airshow on 28th May, for the first time since 1989. The show secured the cream of the RAF but not a huge number of other displays.

The Red Arrows, Typhoon and the BBMF all displayed, although the Red Arrows were down to 8 jets following a bird strike and the BBMF were without the Lancaster because of essential work to renew pipes and hoses. The RAF Falcons were to have displayed but their jump was cancelled due to an unserviceable aircraft.

The Red Arrows are always popular, even with a slightly unbalanced formation due to the missing aircraft, and being able to see them take off and land is a welcome bonus, but the highlight was the roaring very first public display by the new Typhoon team with pilot Flt Lt Mark Long.

Alongside the RAF there were just a couple of civilian flying displays and a parachute team. There was a static aircraft park with about a dozen aircraft; live music featuring Bre, Kiera, Jamie, Heavy Mod, and Toploader; military displays, a fairground, classic cars and a food village.

A decent day of family fun, lasting from quite early in the morning until past 10 at night but not particularly busy in the air. But for some superb RAF involvement we would class it as a fête and music family event with some flying rather than a major airshow.

Postponed from 2015

The show was to have been held in 2015 but was postponed until 2016 following the tragic incident at Shoreham airshow the previous week and the new restrictions on flying vintage jet aircraft introduced by the CAA in its wake.

Flying schedule   (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Red Arrows (RAF) (8 aircraft following bird strike)
Typhoon (RAF)
BBMF (RAF) (Lancaster booked but unserviceable)
RAF Falcons (Cancelled due to unserviceable aircraft)
The Blades
Tom Cassells (CAP232)
Silver Stars Silver Stars (Parachute Display Team)

Getting to the Tees Valley Airshow

By car

Use sat Nav DL2 1LU until you get close, but ignore the sat nav in favour of local directions signs as soon as you see them.


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By Train

The nearest train station is Darlington, about 7 miles to the west.

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Accommodation near the Tees Valley 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 three Premier Inn hotels within 8 miles of the Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Travelodge have hotels in Darlington, Middlesborough and Sedgefield, all within ten miles of the airshow.

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 show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Durham Tees Valley Airport 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.

2022 Show Basics


June 11th

Airshow links

Show's web site


Tickets are avilable now through the show's web site. Valid tickets bought for the 2020 show can also be used.


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