A Guide to the Bournemouth Air Show 2016

If you’ve never attended the Bournemouth Air Festival before, it’s vital you read our guide to find out where to park, what to eat and where to stay, such as our bed and breakfast in Bournemouth! The spectacle is one of the greatest air shows in the UK, with plenty to see in the air, on the beach and in the evening.

What to expect

Bournemouth_Air_Festival_brooklands_hotelFrom early Thursday 18th August to late on Sunday the 21st August, the Bournemouth Air Festival will be in full swing. Expect impressive air displays, stalls on the beach with fun things to do for kids, a night party on the beach and much more, found on the Bournemouth Air Festival website.

The Bournemouth Air Show is incredibly busy with 2 million people in attendance, and Bournemouth pier and beach will get packed quickly. If you have tents and chairs for the beach, expect to arrive early to find a space! Many choose to line up across the coast line, sitting or standing, for a few miles either side of Bournemouth pier.

Secret spots to watch the show

  • Old Harry Rocks

3 miles south from Poole on the Isle of Purbeck offers a picturesque view of the Bournemouth Air Show. Be aware that it’s best to park and ride to the ferry and cross as a passenger rather than attempt to drive.

  • A boat

A boat is the ideal place to get an undisturbed view of the Bournemouth Air Festival. Charter your own vintage 1938 motor yacht for the day here and then relax in a comfy Bournemouth B&B such as Brooklands Hotel.

  • Bournemouth Balloon

Find Bournemouth balloon in the lower gardens, between the town centre and the beach. It will be very busy but you’ll get a great view of the whole of Bournemouth and the surrounding areas!

  • West Cliff

West Cliff is right next to the BIC and close to the town centre, Bournemouth pier and Bournemouth accommodation including Brooklands bed and breakfast.

  • Hengistbury Head

You may need binoculars but it’s the best place to set up on the beach for the day.


What to bring

We recommend you bring a chair, sun cream, water, binoculars and warm clothes just in case!

Where to park

Beware that the A338 coming in to Bournemouth will be jam packed on Thursday morning – our advice is to leave plenty of time to arrive and keep an eye on the traffic.

Do not park in the town centre, as it will be incredibly expensive and next to impossible to find a space. The website outlines 3 park and ride options running from 9am to 7pm Thursday to Sunday, or find a hotel with free parking.

Where to eat?

A hamper or picnic is always a great idea on the beach, but if you’re looking for something specific, these are our favourite places to eat in Bournemouth:

  • The most delicious ice cream place in Bournemouth is Sprinkles.
  • For a tasty lunch and refreshing beer on the beach, try Urban Reef or for fish and chips, Harry Ramsdens is the nation’s favourite!
  • 60 Million Postcards have a gorgeous beer garden in the sun with a variety of beers and lush pub grub.
  • For the greatest burger you will ever have, try 7Bone and then Yobu next door for fat free frozen yoghurt with toppings.

Where to stay

A night at Brooklands Hotel includes free parking, free Wi-Fi, comfy beds and competitive rates over the air show period! Best of all, we are a dog friendly hotel and less than a 5-minute walk to the pier and the Bournemouth Air Show!

To find out more about how we can make your Bournemouth Air Festival experience unforgettable, call us on 01202 552 887 or email info@brooklandshotel.co.uk