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

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.

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

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    Triangle Buses

    Triangle buses run every 15 minutes between Herne Bay, Canterbury and Whitstable.

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    Route 6 Buses

    Route 6 buses run every 30 minutes between Greenhill, Herne Bay, Broomfield and Canterbury.

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    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

No-ParkingThis 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
  • Caught in event traffic? Let us know on the day
  • 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


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.

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


  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
Due to H&S requirements, Neptune’s Arm will be closed for the duration of the event.

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

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

BBMF Lancaster

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

BBMF 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
Sylvia Cottrell, Peter Lowery, Simon Harris and Chris Harris

BBMF Hurricane

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
The Hampton Inn and The Divers Arms


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

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.
Contact us for sponsorship opportunities

tbc: The Sea Vixen

Capable of almost 700mph at sea level, and with a range of nearly 800 miles, the Sea Vixen became the first British aircraft to be solely
armed with missiles, rockets, and bombs, and in a shallow dive, could reach supersonic speeds.
The first prototype was built back in 1951, and the aircraft quickly exceeded expectations the following year by flying faster than the speed of sound.
The first true Sea Vixen as we know it today flew in 1957 and was capable of take-off and landing from Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
For lovers for speed and sound, this one might be for you!
Proudly sponsored by Alan Marsh

tbc: 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 Steerman

TG Aviation’s wonderful Boeing Stearman will be back this year, flown by Sue Girdler.
Contact us for sponsorship opportunities


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
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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
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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
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Wildcat Aerobatics

Enjoy the high-flying aerobatic display of the Wildcats this summer is their especially adapted Pitts Specials.
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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.
Contact us for sponsorship opportunities

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

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

    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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