BAYPROMOTEAM'S FREE SEAFRONT AIR SHOW IN HERNE BAY
The day begins at 10am with ground attractions
Flying displays commence from 12.30pm until 6.30pm
and Live Music from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
Don’t miss the amazing Aerosparx display at dusk!
The Reds Are Back for The South East Air Show Herne Bay
We are delighted to announce that we have been able to secure the Red Arrows, Eurofighter and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for third successive year on Saturday 19th August and are aiming to once again bring Herne Bay a day to remember in 2017.BayPromoTeam
- The 2015/2016 air show events have boosted the local economy by almost four million pounds, and when coupled with a truly breathtaking spectacle for Herne Bay, this is no doubt a win-win for the town. There are so many groups, clubs, and charities that are able to raise many thousands of pounds as a result of this event too which is fantastic.
- Static aircraft displays will be back this year along the seafront, along with the ‘Trench Experience’ – a converted 40 foot container, visitors experience within the sights and sounds of a trench during the Great War, complete with actors. In the evening, Rubber Biscuit will perform live, celebrating their 25th year, followed by an American Four Tops act.
- For this event to be the spectacle we all want to see, we’ll need the financial support of the community to get over the line. We’d urge businesses to contact us for details of advertising and sponsorship opportunities of what is Kent’s biggest one-day event. Please email email@example.com for further information. Thank you.
Take the easy option and travel to the Airshow by bus with Stagecoach.
Triangle buses run every 15 minutes between Herne Bay, Canterbury and Whitstable.
Route 6 Buses
Route 6 buses run every 30 minutes between Greenhill, Herne Bay, Broomfield and Canterbury.
Route 36 Buses
Route 36 buses run hourly between Herne Bay, Birchington, Westgate and Margate.
- Triangle buses run every 15 minutes between Herne Bay, Canterbury and Whitstable.
- Route 6 buses run every 30 minutes between Greenhill, Herne Bay, Broomfield and Canterbury.
- Route 36 buses run hourly between Herne Bay, Birchington, Westgate and Margate.
The bus stops on Herne Bay High Street are just a short walk from the Airshow.
No change? No problem! Stagecoach has new cashless ways to pay for bus travel. You can buy day and weekly tickets on the Stagecoach Bus App, or pay contactless onboard. You can pay contactless for transactions under £30 using your contactless enabled credit or debit card, Apple Pay, or Android Pay.
Important travel and safety information
This is a large scale event in a relatively small seaside town, we strongly recommend visitors use public transport to travel to Herne Bay on Saturday 19th August.
Air Shows are very popular, attracting many thousands of visitors, please be aware that there is a severe risk of being caught in very heavy traffic for those that use their vehicles to travel.
We have made special arrangements with Stagecoach South East and Southeastern Railway, who have disabled and wheelchair access on their buses and trains. Services will be strengthened on the day of the Air Show.
Stagecoach buses will drop visitors within 100 metres of the central seafront area and there are regular inexpensive bus services from Herne Bay train station that will take you to the heart of the action in three minutes or so. The sea front is a 10 minute walk from the train station.
- Don’t get caught in traffic – use public transport on Saturday 19th August.
- PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PATROLLING
- Caught in event traffic? Let us know on the day firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please also note that the limited park and ride service offered last year will NOT be running this year due to development of the site used for this purpose.
- Useful links: AA Roadwatch
AIR SHOW UPDATES AND RADIO BROADCASTS
The South East Air Show Herne Bay will be broadcast live on both an FM frequency and online by Radio Cabin within a 5-mile radius of Herne Bay on on 94.6FM – including live commentary on all of the participating aircraft and aerial action.
DISABLED PARKING AND ACCESS
- There are numerous parking bays and car parks within Herne Bay that include disabled spaces, however these will fill up very early indeed. Please arrive as early as possible to gain a close position to the seafront.
- Please note that our general advice to all motorists, in view of the high numbers of visitors to the event, is to use public transport.
- Central Parade between Lane End and Canterbury Road will be closed from 8pm 18th Aug until 6pm 20th August.
- Further information on parking in Herne Bay can be found here:
- The promenade along the central seafront area from where the air show can be enjoyed is level and has a good surface. As we would like everyone to view the show from wherever they want to, with family and friends; it has not been deemed necessary to include specific areas for wheelchair users. The overall display line, is a good 2 miles wide.
- Stagecoach Buses can drop you at Herne Bay Bus Station in The High Street, which is around 70 metres from the main crowd area on the seafront. From there you can go east or west to gain a vantage point.
- If arriving by train (wheelchair users: if you are coming from the London direction, you can get off at Herne Bay, if you are coming from Margate you will need to go to Whitstable. When you leave you will need to travel to Margate and change platforms if you want to go to London , this is due to stations not having subways/lifts), there are regular inexpensive shuttle services from Herne Bay Train Station, which will drop you right next to the seafront.
- The local council have a number of disabled toilets along the coastline, from the west in Hampton Pier Car Park, in the Central Bandstand and in the Kings Hall to the east. To access these toilets you’ll need a RADDAR key. You can get these from your local council. A number of of disabled portable toilets will be available along Central Parade.
- Please familiarise yourself with the first aid (Red Cross) points along the seafront (event map coming soon) and contact one of our many event marshals if you need any assistance.
- It is vital for security reasons that all personal belongings and bags are not left unattended and are kept with you at all times.
- Glass and/or bottles are not permitted on the Clock Tower Plaza.
- Keep Herne Bay Tidy: Please help keep our beautiful promenades and beaches clean and tidy by taking any rubbish you bring, home with you.
- In the unlikely event of a major incident, please listen to safety advice provided via our event commentator who will provide instructions. Event staff will also be able to provide advice in this instance. Depending on the nature of the incident, the display will proceed, and we would urge you not to rush back to your vehicles which might prevent emergency vehicle accessing the area.
- Please use public transport to attend the event. Southeastern Rail and Stagecoach Buses are both significantly strengthening services to help meet demand on Saturday 19th August, both with disabled access and facilities. If event travel advice is ignored, you will very likely end up stuck in traffic. Don’t miss out on a fab day by being stuck in traffic. This is a FREE event which offsets the costs of using public transport to enjoy it
- Neptune’s Sea Arm will be closed to the public on this day until all flying displays are complete.
- Do not venture past the shoreline, into water or onto the sand from 12 noon until 6.30pm, between the red shelter on Hampton slopes (Heron Angling Club) and The Ship Inn (Please note the beach/pebbles is fine, we’re talking about the sand, when the tide is out). An exclusion zone is in place for your safety, which exists between these points and applies to all persons and watercraft. Venturing inside this area during displayed times may result in displays being cancelled. Remember that the sand inside Neptune’s Arm is extremely dangerous and should always be avoided. Stewards will be in these areas providing advice if required.
- Prepare for the weather: Sounds obvious, however at this time of year, even with relatively low temperatures and cloud cover, the strength of the sun over the day can burn easily. Please apply plenty of high factor sun cream to yourself and any little ones, hats also offer additional protection. Even in drizzly or fairly windy conditions, certain aircraft are still permitted and able to perform, therefore please visit this page for any updates on the day should weather potentially affect display teams/times and/or performances.
- Portable toilet provision will be increased this year, including for disabled people, however with so many people attending this event, queues are simply inevitable. Do familiarise yourselves with other toilet locations such the toilets in William Street, The Bandstand, Next to Cain’s Amusements on Central Parade, The Kings Hall, Hampton Car Park, and next to the play area in the Memorial Park.
- Evening entertainment: Under the terms of the license applicable for the Clock Tower plaza evening entertainment on this date, glasses and glass bottles are not permitted under any circumstances in this area. Please bring plastic bottles or cups.
- First Aid. The British Red Cross will have a visible presence within the main crowd area. If you suffer any significant injury or are feeling unwell, please alert an event steward or visit one of the treatment centres next to Cain’s Amusements, The Bandstand, or in Neptune’s Car Park. For families, we also recommend bringing a small first aid kit with you with plasters for small cuts and bruises which can sometimes be associated with a visit to the beach.
- Drones and other unmanned aircraft: Restrictions of Flying Regulations have been established under Article 161 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 between 1200 hours (local) and 2200 hours (local) on 19 August 2016 inclusive. As such no Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems shall be flown at this location without the permission of The South East Air Show Herne Bay flying display director.
- Listen out for PA safety announcements within the main crowd area throughout the day, and remember Radio Cabin have a live broadcast of the event, including air display commentary on 94.6FM if you are outside this area.
- Times: Broadly speaking, the day runs from 10am until 9.30pm with flying displays from around 12.30pm noon until 6pm. Exact aircraft timings are not yet known, and will feature within the event programme which costs £5, and helps fund this fantastic free event.
- Communication: The Mobile phone network may well be unable to cope with demand at certain points during the day due to crowd numbers, text and picture messaging, phone calls, and social media usage. Please arrange before the event to meet at one of the many landmarks along the seafront (Pier, Bandstand, Clock Tower) prior to the display if you are separated and unable to communicate due to a network overload.
- Finally, do remember that a group of volunteers, with the help of the community, local businesses, and individuals, have come together to bring you this fantastic event, and whilst we we have done as much as we can in terms of planning, we need people visiting the event to do their bit to keep this brilliant advertisement for the town, safe and enjoyable for everyone. Many thanks
- For the safety of the public, Central Parade is closed from Lane End up to the junction of Canterbury Road and Beacon Hill from 8pm on Friday 18th August until 6pm on Sunday 20th August.
- Parking along Central Parade between these points will be suspended and there will be no access available to Neptunes Car Park during this period.
- Please accept our apologies in advance for any temporary inconvenience this may cause.
- Neptunes Arm that extends across the harbour will also be closed for safety reasons
- There are 3 coach spaces within the council car par in William Street car park which will likely be full very early.
- Coach drop off point is at Richmond Street Service Station in the High Street. Please note there is no parking at this point.
hours (local) and 2200 hours (local) on 19 August 2016 inclusive. As such no Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems shall be flown at this location without the permission of The South East Air Show Herne Bay flying display director.
- Please familiarise yourself with the lost children and first aid (Red Cross) points along the seafront and contact one of our many event marshals if you need any assistance.
- There are numerous public toilets located along Herne Bay seafront. There are also temporary public toilets which can be found along the main crowd viewing area, and for the purposes of this event, the public are also permitted to use the toilet facilities at these additional seafront locations:
- Herne Bay Angling Club (Opposite Neptune Car Park)
- The Divers Arms (Opposite the Clock Tower Plaza)
- The Saxon Shore, Wetherspoons (Opposite the children’s play area on the west side of the Clock Tower)
- We would urge you to be aware of these various toilet locations, as naturally queues for toilets can occur with such a large volume of people attending, and knowledge of alternative locations will be useful.
For boats and watercraft: Please note that once again, to meet regulatory requirements, the main and secondary watercraft launching ramps at Neptune’s Car Park will be closed from 9pm Fri 18th August until Midnight Sunday 20th August. Persons wishing to launch watercraft may do so at the Hampton ramp. Watercraft users wishing to view the event offshore must position their craft parallel with the old pier head by 12pm and not encroach inside this position until after 10pm or when advised it is safe to do so. This area will be policed once against by safety boats and officials for the duration of the event.
Please note, event map may be subject to updates, please check back before the event.
Please check back soon for event map.
Fantastic memoriescoming soon
The Great War Trench Experience
We are delighted bring you the new ‘Trench Experience’. The sights and sounds of a Great War trench will be brought to life inside an especially converted container.
The Battle of Britain Experience – Static Planes
Hundreds of people climbed aboard the Spitfire, Hurricane, and ME109 for photos, and we expect there’ll be plenty more people interested this year too!
The War and Peace Great War Trench Experience is a superb professionally built above ground trench system in a 40 foot exhibition trailer. Visitors and guests can enter the trench and be met with the sights and sounds of a trench during the Great War. This also includes a re-enactor/educator who can talk to your visitors about this incredible period of history – the experience concludes with a simulated gas attack.
Photo credit: Michael McLaughlin
Join us after the Air Show for Live Music
at Rock Around The Clock Tower from 6.30pm
American Four Tops
Soul Satisfaction and their American Four Tops Tribute feature the unique vocals of leader/founder William Hicks. From Atlanta Georgia USA he has become one of the most prominent ambassadors internationally of the Motown sound in the last two decades.
Rubber Biscuit is a 10+ piece Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Soul band. The band is renowned for its “big sound” brought about by a three piece horn section, up to five vocalists, and four piece rhythm section.
Now in their 25th year of entertaining Kent audiences, these local legends are still doing what they have always done best: playing great music and, more importantly, giving audiences a great time.
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