Bob Jones Memorial Airshow, Welshpool, 2018

The 2018 Air Show at Welshpool has been cancelled

2018 Airshow cancelled

There will be no Welshpool (Bob Jones Memorial) Airshow in 2018.

The following is from their web site.

"Welshpool Town Council, in conjunction with Mrs Linda Jones the owner of Welshpool – Mid Wales – Airport, have taken the reluctant decision to not hold the Welshpool (Bob Jones Memorial) Air Show in 2018. Planning for the Event would normally start immediately after this year’s Show, but in the face of mounting costs and much reduced attendance the decision is unavoidable because any losses have to be borne by the Council and local tax-payers.

The Air show for Mid Wales, which brought several thousands of visitors to the area between 2006 and 2017 and had become a major event on the Air Show calendar and certainly put Welshpool, Mid Wales and the Airport on the map.

We enjoyed brilliant June weather and had seen many exciting displays and historic aircraft alike. With the co-operation and support of Welshpool Town Council the Event was able to expand and it took in the Welshpool Transport Festival.

In 2012 the Event incorporated “Bob Jones Memorial” to the name in recognition of the Owner of the Airport who had been the Event’s Patron and a driving force for General Aviation in Wales. Bob Jones had died in a tragic flying accident in 2012.

The Event Fund was stretched by recent additional costs that were incurred to overview an already safe and buoyant Show; however, prevailing weather in the days before, and on Show Days, for 2 consecutive years placed an unsustainable strain on financial resources which resulted in the decision to place the Air Show on hold".

Welshpool Airshow 2017

11th June 2017
Red Arrows

The Red Arrows will make a flypast

Despite the weather, the cream of the display circuit came to the show that calls itself the 'best little airshow'. Starring this year was to have been the Sea Vixen, but it was damaged in a wheel-up landing at Yeovilton following its first display of the season at Duxford's Air Festival.

Although this late cancellation from the programme is extremely disappointing, there was also a late addition: a flypast by the Red Arrows. This was not a full display, but a flypast in formation and demonstrates the RAF's respect for the show.

The Strikemaster pair were due to displa in their first display season as a duo. The Strikemasters in Royal Omani and Royal Saudi colours are both from the nearby North Wales Military Aviation Services, based at Hawarden Airport.

Further RAF input to this mid-Wales show comes from the BBMF, who sent a pair of Spitfires. They were due to accompany the welcome return of the Lancaster, whilst the queen of aerobatics, Lauren Richardson will impress those who come to see small aircraft put through their paces. The Lancaster does still appear on the programme, although its late-running maintenance programme will keep the organisers on tenterhooks until the last minute in case the Spitfires have to display without their heavy bomber.

Due to fly (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Red Arrows (Flypast, not full display)
BBMF Lancaster + 2 Spitfires
Strikemaster pair
Lauren Richardson
Westland Whirlwind
Red Devils
Grob Tutor
Aviat Husky
Team Raven
Old Bückers
Rotorsport Autogyro
Steve Carver, Extra 260
Twisters (withdrawn following incident at Abingdon in May)
Sea Vixen (damaged during wheels-up landing on 27th May)
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

On the ground a Festival of Transport with classic private and military cars, bikes, vans and larger vehicles.

The show is dedicated to Bob Jones who owned, managed and looked after the airfield and started the show but died in 2012.


Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

From the east take the M6 then the M54. From both directions take the A458 then the A483 towards Newtown. Use SY21 8RS for sat nav but ignore the sat nav in favour of local signs when you see them. Local signposting will direct you to local park and ride or airport parking (if you have pre-booked). Some local traffic arrangements change for the show. See the show's illustration.

By coach

National Express Service 409 between London, Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth passes Welshpool and connects with services to North and Central Wales.

By Train

There are regular rail services from Shrewsbury, Birmingham and Aberystwyth with connections to the rest of the UK. There is a free shuttle bus between the station and the show.

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 has a Holiday Inn Express in Shrewsbury, about 20 miles away; there are three reasonably close Premier Inn hotels, two in Shrewsbury and one slightly closer in Oswestry, about 15 miles from the show.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Welshpool 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.

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