The day begins at 10am with ground attractions
Flying displays commence from 12.45pm until 6.45pm
and Live Music from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
Don’t miss the amazing Aerosparx display at dusk!

  • We highly recommend using public transport to attend this event and you may miss many of the aerial displays if you attempt to bring your vehicle into Herne Bay on this date.
  • Park Responsibly if you have no option but to use your vehicle and are able to locate a parking space – Increased numbers of enforcement officers will be patrolling Herne Bay on the event date and parking fines will be issued where vehicles are double parked, parked on pavements, parked where there is a dropped kerb or a vehicle parked within 10 metres of a junction.
  • Once again, we would urge motorists to think twice about bringing their vehicle to this event.

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

Donate to South East Air Show Herne Bay 2017

Your support is vital to ensure we are in a position to stage this wonderful event for the town. Schools, residents, and businesses all play their part in staging what has become a flagship event for Herne Bay. A donation of any size really does help us stage an enormously expensive event, and provide the best day out of the year, right here in Herne Bay.

Thank you for your support. 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 for further information. Thank you.

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  • Packed with info

    Stats and information on all participating aircraft

  • Pull out poster

    A3 Red Arrows over Herne Bay Pull-Out Poster

  • FREE to enter competition

    Helicopter & Plane Flights to Be Won

  • Interviews and more

    information, features, facts and figures

Official Herne Bay Programme Stockists

Activity Box, William Street
Cain’s Amusements, Central Parade
Herne Bay Pier, Central Parade
Seaside Museum, William Street
Makcaris (Bandstand) – Central Parade
Kids Korner, Mortimer Street
Peters Produce, William Street
Queen’s Newsagents, Canterbury Road
Co-Op Sea Street, High Street and Beltinge
Spearings, William Street

Beach Creative, Beach Street
Londis, Hampton Pier Avenue
Mortimers, Mortimer Street
Salt and Light Bistro, Mortimer Street
Kala Convenience Store, Station Road
Hamtpon Inn, Western Esplanade
Divers Arms, Central Parade
Ship Inn, Central Parade
Vintage Empire, High Street
Salon 123, High Street
ifun@sandancers, Central Parade


Take the easy option and travel to the Airshow by bus with Stagecoach.

  • Triangle Buses

    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.

The following buses serve Herne Bay from the surrounding areas of Kent. Full timetables can be viewed by selecting the routes below.

  • 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.

Visit or download the Stagecoach Bus App to plan your journey. You can check live bus times too!

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





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.

Traffic updates also on KMFM Canterbury 106.0 FM, KMFM Thanet 107.2 FM. KMFM West Kent 96.2 FM/101.6 FM.

Look what’s in the sky for 2017!

Red Arrows Display Team

We’re delighted that we have been able to secure The Reds for the third year in a row, so have the cameras ready
for one of the main stars of the show on Saturday 19th August 2017.
Proudly sponsored by Quinn Estates, Dave Jordan and Kevin Bloxham

Eurofighter Typhoon

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter.
It’s sometimes difficult to find words to describe the speed and agility of almost £70 million pounds worth state-of-the-art
avation technology, but be under no illusions – it’ll get your attention when it arrives in a flash at our event.
The jaw-dropping display from the Eurofighter Typhoon will instantly capture the attention of thousands
as the afterburners scorch the sky and the sound of thunder resonates across the sky.
Please note the noise created by this aicraft may frighten children and pets.
Proudly sponsored by

KCC Councillor Alan Marsh

BBMF Griffon-powered Spitfire

A Griffon-powered Spitfire will be displaying from the BBMF instead of the published 3-ship Lancaster/Spitfire/ Hurricane.


The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is a name known around the world and a national institution here in the United Kingdom.
The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force.
Since the formation of the BBMF in 1957 to commemorate the Battle Of Britain, the BBMF team have performed thousands of displays and flypasts including royal events, and just about everyone will stop in their tracks as the familiar three-ship formation soars above.
It is our honour to welcome the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight to Herne Bay this summer.
Proudly sponsored by


Welcoming them back for the second time to our offshore extravaganza, we are delighted to bring you The Kent Spitfire TA805
Proudly sponsored by
Sylvia Cottrell, Peter Lowery, Simon Harris and Chris Harris


The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force.
Proudly sponsored by Terry Nicholls and

Douglas Dakota C-47

What can we say but that Douglas Aircraft built a true classic. Used throughout the world in many different roles, from 1930’s airliner to military cargo hauler. The DC3 is still in service in many parts of the world.
This particular plane was purchased from the RAF and remains in flying condition. She’s been used in about every form of media, representing every task the aircraft has ever performed.

Westland Wasp

The Westland Wasp was a small 1960s British gas-turbine powered, shipboard anti-submarine helicopter. Produced by Westland Helicopters,
it came from the same P.531 programme as the British Army Westland Scout, and was based on the earlier piston-engined Saunders-Roe Skeeter.
It fulfilled the requirement of the Royal Navy for a helicopter small enough to land on the deck of a frigate and carry a
useful load of two homing torpedoes.
Westland Wasp XT787 is a veteran of the Falklands war and took part in the very first engagement when it fired missiles at the
Argentine Sub Santa Fe. It’s owner and pilot, Dr Terry Martin is a specialist in helicopter air ambulance operations.
Proudly sponsored by Herne Bay Junior School


The Folland Gnat is a small, swept-wing British subsonic jet trainer and light fighter aircraft developed by Folland Aircraft for the Royal Air Force.
The Gnat was designed by W.E.W. Petter as a development of the private venture Folland Midge.

Although never used as a fighter by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Gnat T.1 trainer variant was widely used. The Gnat became well known as the aircraft of the RAF’s Red Arrows aerobatic team.

Proudly sponsored by Kevin Bloxham

de Havilland Vampire

This wonderful aircraft, booked as part of our display in 2016, had to be diverted whilst on its way to perform here, following the unfortunate incident
with the Turbulent aircraft. We’re looking forward to seeing it in 2017 as part of what promises to be a fantastic event!
Proudly sponsored by Heron Angling Association

Boeing Stearman

TG Aviation’s wonderful Boeing Stearman will be back this year, flown by Sue Girdler.
Proudly sponsored by

Aerosparx daytime display

The Aerosparx team will wow the crowds with a daytime display, before their magnificent night time display takes place later in the day.
Proudly sponsored by David Emmons


Mark Petrie’s fabulous display is almost impossible to omit from our air show nowadays, this being the Strikemaster’s 3rd appearance.
Mark has also filmed a remarkable cockpit view of his display over Herne Bay which can be viewed at their Facebook pagePhoto: Julie Blackmer
Proudly sponsored by

Great War Team

For many, one of the highlights of last summer’s air show was The Great War Team performance, and with their nine-strong team of
World War One replica British and German aircraft, including, among others; a Sopwith Triplane, Fokker DR1, Junkers, and BE2Cs, the team were one of the first we scribbled down as a must-have for this year – and this year, with 10 aircraft, The Great War team are currently the UK’s largest display team!Photo: Adrian Bennett
Proudly sponsored by

Justin Gorman – World Extra 300L

Displaying here last in 2014 in difficult conditions, it is our pleasure to be welcoming back Justyn Gorman to our Air Show,
performing in his World Aero Extra 300L.Photo: Adrian Bennett
Proudly sponsored by


Aerosparx night-time display

Two aircraft, both illuminated with programmed LEDs along the wings and fuselage, firing off pyrotechnics into the night sky.
Proudly sponsored by

Wildcat Aerobatics

Enjoy the high-flying aerobatic display of the Wildcats this summer is their especially adapted Pitts Specials.
http://www.reculver.kent.sch.ukProudly sponsored by

Kent Hurricane

Built as a Hurricane I by the Canadian Car and Foundry in Spring 1941.
Delivered to the RAF shortly after, it was transferred to the Royal Navy and converted to a Sea Hurricane by July 1942.
Proudly sponsored by

Kent Spitfire

Welcoming them back for the second time to our offshore extravaganza, we are delighted to bring you The Kent Spitfire TA805
Proudly sponsored by


What on earth is an Autogyro?
The most simplistic view, it’s a flying windmill or even a rotating parachute, think of a sycamore seed gently floating down as it spins.
Proudly sponsored by

Team Raven

Team Raven is a formation aerobatic display team that formed in May 2014.
The Ravens use Van’s RV aircraft with a mix of 1 RV4 and 5 RV8s. All are self build aircraft, albeit only Ravens 2 and 4 have been self built by the Team.
Proudly sponsored by

Russian MiG-15 UTC

We are delighted to be able to bring you, as part of our Airshow on Saturday 19th August, this magnificent Russian MiG-15 UTC fighter jet!

Wyles & Sons Builders – sponsors of 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

  • The 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

    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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With thanks to Herne Bay Beach Hut Association for provision
of extra toilets
at this event.


Help make it happenDonations accepted

Kiss Events, managing the Pier Platform