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Airbourne Brings the Big Screen to Eastbourne Beach

9 August 2017

Movie fans at Airbourne, the UK’s Best Free Airshow, can enjoy a spot of outdoor cinema after a busy day of flying displays from 17 – 20 August, with free screenings of family films on the beach.

Airbourne By Graham Huntley


The big screen on the beach will show a selection of family favourites at the end of each day’s flying programme, and provide the perfect traffic-free alternative to the drive home, with movie blockbusters Trolls (2016), Paddington (2014), Planes 2: Fire & Rescue (2014) and The Jungle Book (2016).

On Sunday the free four-day airshow concludes with a glittering finale of twilight pyro-aerobatic flying displays featuring the Fireflies and Twister teams from 8.10pm, followed by fireworks at 10pm by Frontier Fireworks.

With the Belgian F-16 now confirmed for all four days, the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Chinook, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, MiG 15, Catalina and much more also feature in a packed flying schedule, with flying kicking off at 1.40pm on Thursday, 1.30pm on Friday and 12 noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

During the day the big screen will broadcast live footage of the air displays from Planes TV and latest tweets and selfies on the Twitter wall #EastbourneSelfie, while live footage will also be screened online at Radio Airbourne 87.7FM, supported by Specsavers, also returns to the airwaves kicking off a 24 hour schedule of music and commentary from Wednesday onwards.

Eastbourne Borough Council Director of Tourism & Enterprise, Phil Evans said “We’ve a strong line-up of family favourites this year, both in the air and on the ground, giving visitors plenty of reasons to arrive early, stay longer into the evening or stay overnight and enjoy what Eastbourne has to offer.”

Ground Attractions
The action on the ground starts at 10am each day with children’s entertainment beaches, simulators, helicopter pleasure flights and the RAF, Navy and Army exhibition and climbing wall. Featuring a replica Chinook, Spitfire and a Gazelle helicopter, keen aviators can explore inside a cockpit, try load balancing a model Hercules and even try on uniform and pose for the RAF selfie photobooth.

RAF Motorsport will be bringing motorcyles and rally cars to try out for size, while ‘The Blues’, the engineering team behind the Red Arrows, are on hand to tell fans a bit more about how they keep the Red Arrows in tip-top precision flying condition, as well as offering the chance to win an Aston Martin with the RAF Benevolent Fund.

256 Army Field Hospital, Royal Mechanical Engineers and Royal Military Police & Adjutant General’s Corps will also be on hand to demonstrate a range of roles from crime investigations and close protection to vehicle recovery and medical support.

The Redoubt Fortress celebrates ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ with a special film screening on Friday evening, while the Bandstand brings Big Band & Swing Sound, Abba Fever and Rock Til Ya Drop to Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Give a Quid
Ace the Airbear will join bucket collectors each day with proceeds supporting the future of Airbourne and three local good causes including Age Concern Eastbourne, Memory Lane and the Charles Hunt Centre.

Organised by Don Perman and Steve Newman, with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne, Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, collectors are still required. To volunteer email Don Perman at or telephone 01323 479713.

More ways to support Airbourne include donating online or buying a Souvenir Programme featuring daily updated flying times and money off vouchers for just £4, available from the Tourist Information Centre, Seafront Office, selected newsagents and from programme sellers around town.

Where to Watch
Entry to the Western Lawns and seafront is free, however to guarantee a great viewing spot, exclusive seating is available at the Bandstand in the centre of the display line from £10 per adult, or for first class seats and dining, VIP hospitality is available on the Western Lawns with private facilities and perfect views.

Airbourne parking areas at Beachy Head cost £5 per day for an alternative view of many of the bigger displays as they take place over Eastbourne seafront.

Additional parking is available at Five Acre Field in Lottbridge Drove costing £5 per car with a bus service running to and from the pier. Parking is also available to the west of town at St Andrew’s School field, donations welcome, with a bus to Airbourne (with disabled access), or park and walk from Gildredge House School (Thurs – Sun) or Saffrons Sports Ground (Fri – Sun only). Cyclists can beat the traffic and come by bike, using the free cycle park in Howard Square (bikes are however not permitted in the airshow site).

Full flying line-up includes:
Red Arrows (Fri 3pm, Sat 12pm & Sun 12pm), F-16, Typhoon, Chinook, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Catalina, MiG 15, Breitling Wingwalkers, The Blades, Tigers Parachute Display Team, Team Raven, Gyro Copter, Mustang, Strikemaster, Scout helicopter, Beaver, Hispano Buchon, Spitfire IX, Hawker Hurricane, Rich Goodwin Pitts Special, Fireflies and Twister Aerobatics Team.

Airbourne is supported this year by Caffyns Volvo, Specsavers, More Radio, Boundless by CSMA, Frontier Fireworks, Harvey’s, Kier, Sussex Newspapers, Eastbourne Motoring Centre, Serco and Saxons Plants.

For more information or to book hospitality, exclusive seating, trade space, donate or pre-order the souvenir programme visit or telephone 01323 415415.

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