Eastbourne’s international air show held at the seafront every year.
Where – Airbourne takes place right across Eastbourne seafront. The flying displays take place over the sea with clear views from the entire 5 miles of beach. However, the best position to be in is probably between the Eastbourne’s pier and the Wish Tower or opposite the Grand Hotel on the Western Lawns. The ground displays take place on the Western Lawns and there are plenty of attractions on the Wish Tower Slope and promenade.
When – The Eastbourne airshow is held every year for four days. It takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on either the second or third weekend in August. Attractions usually open around 10am and flying displays kick off about 11am. For the Red Arrows you should be in place on the seafront as early as possible.
Ground displays – Eastbourne’s Western Lawns hosts displays by the RAF Police Dogs and the RAF Regimental Presentation Team as well as shows of vintage cars, bands, dancers and more. There are lots of stalls and marquee displays as well as children’s rides, flying/racing simulators and trade shows. There are even planes on the ground like a Red Arrow Hawke and Tornado which the public can sit in. Along the promenade there are also plenty of stalls and activities like bouncy castles and slides. During helicopter flying displays and the helicopter rescue displays the Western Lawns are the landing site for the helicopters and it can get very noisy and windy as well as thrilling!
Air Displays – Every year during the Eastbourne air show, the skies are filled with all sorts of aircraft. The displays remain relatively similar each day apart from a few exceptions. Keep an eye on the press as things can change by the day. However most days you will probably see the following aircraft.
- Red Arrows
- Tornado F3
- Jaguar GR3
- WWII Aircraft (Lancaster/Spitfire/Hurricane)
- Nimrod MR2
- Hawk T1
- Tucano T1
- RAF Falcons Parachute Display team
- Chinook sea rescue
There are plenty more aircraft flying over the four days and your best bet is to order the programme or see below for further information. A word of warning for families with small children. Some of the jet planes particularly the Tornado are VERY loud and every year the sound of screaming children can be heard in between the roar of the jets. So please cover their ears, poor little things.
Parking – Eastbourne seafront is not an easy place to park at the best of times and it’s impossible during Airbourne. The seafront road, Royal Parade, is total gridlock over the four days so steer clear. Best thing to do is come in to Eastbourne on the A22 and park in the free parking in the fields opposite the Sovereign Centre. As you come in to Eastbourne on the A22 follow signs for the seafront. You should be on Lottbridge Drove passing the car sales showrooms. You will see Tesco on your right. Over the roundabout with Staples on your right and the fields are to your left. You can get the bus or the Dotto train from outside the Sovereign Centre to the pier. Or if you get parked nice and early you can walk along the promenade all the way to the action. It’s about 2 miles. For information on other ways of getting to Eastbourne please see the Travel Information page of this site.
Further Information – For more detailed information about exactly what aircraft are flying and when the Red Arrows will be appearing, please see the official Airbourne website. You can request a programme from the Tourist Information Centre, Cornfield Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex. BN21 4QL. Their Airbourne HOTLINE is 01323 411400. You can also get information about accommodation and other events in Eastbourne like Skate or the Eastbourne Half Marathon from the Tourist Information Centre. Finally, once you are in Eastbourne you can get the very latest information plus commentary on the displays, from Radio Airbourne on 87.7FM