FREE AIR SHOW ON HERNE BAY SEAFRONT
The day starts at 10am, flying displays from 12 noon – 5pm
and evening entertainment from 6pm until 9.30pm.
CLICK HEADINGS FOR IMPORTANT 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 Sunday 14th 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 Sunday 14th 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
The Herne Bay Airshow will be broadcast live on both an FM frequency and online by Radio Cabin within a 5-mile radius of Herne Bay on on 105.3FM – 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 6pm 13th Aug until 10pm 14th 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.
- If arriving by bus, it 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 (on ethe event map) and contact one of our many DBS checked 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.
- As was the case last year – please use public transport to attend this event. Southeastern Rail and Stagecoach Buses are both significantly strengthening services to help meet demand on Sunday 14th August, both with disabled access and facilities. If event travel advice is ignored, you will very likely end up stuck in traffic (remember Manston had a 13-mile tailback 3 years ago) 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
- Following changes to CAA regulations and in light of a review of safety procedures, Neptune’s Sea Arm will be closed to the public on this day until all flying displays are complete. As some of you may have experienced, the display line is very broad and can be enjoyed from all the way from Hampton to Bishopstone and beyond.
- Do not venture out into the water or onto the sand from 11.30 until 17.30, 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, a map is displayed below for reference 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.
- The beach between the pier and the Bandstand is to be closed in the morning until around 12.45, as this will be the landing site for our parachute display team. Please do not enter this area until you are advised it is safe to do so by event stewards.
- 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 1730 hours (local) on 14 August 2016 inclusive. As such no Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems shall be flown at this location without the permission of The Herne Bay Air Show 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 105.3FM if you are outside this area.
- Times: Broadly speaking, the day runs from 10am until 9.30pm with flying displays from around 12 noon until 5.00pm. 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: It is very likely based on our experience of last year’s air show, that there will be a chance that the mobile phone network will 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 6pm on Saturday 13th August until 10pm on Sunday 14th 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 close for safety reasons
- There are 5 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 1730 hours (local) on 14 August 2016 inclusive. As such no Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems shall be flown at this location without the permission of The Herne Bay Air Show 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 DBS checked 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 Sat 13th August until Midnight Sunday 14th 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 11.30am and not encroach inside this position until after 5.30pm 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.
Official Herne Bay Air Show Programme available now!
Just £5 for a great keepsake of yet another fantastic day
See below for digital edition
Standard and collectors cover edition 72-page colour A4 event programme
All important timings
All aircraft Display Timings including Red Arrows and Eurofighter
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 compeition
Helicopter & Plane Flights to Be Won
Young pilots page
Special Young Pilots Page with Colouring & Wordsearch/Maze
Interviews and more info
information and interviews
Official Programme Stockists
Activity Box, William Street
Cain’s Amusements, Central Parade
Coffee Lab, Mortimer Street
Co-Op Sea Street, High Street and Beltinge
Clock Tower Info Centre, Central Parade
Heron Angling Club, Western Esplanade
Kala Convenince Store, Station Road
Kids Korner, Mortimer Street
Londis, Reculver Road and Hampton
Makcaris (Bandstand) – Central Parade
Morrisons, Beach Street
Queen’s Newsagents, Canterbury Road
Peters Produce, William Street
Pier, Central Parade
The Pier Fish and Chips, Richmond Street
ifun@sandancers, Central Parade
Seaside Museum, William Street
Spearings, Mortimer Street
Tesco Express, Sea St and Canterbury Road
Digital Souvenir Programme
BATTLE OF BRITAIN EXPERIENCE STATIC AIRCRAFT
After being such a huge hit in 2015, we’re delighted to be able to welcome back the Battle of Britain Experience static aircraft to this year’s airshow.
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! To assist in covering the cost of the statics, we’re asking for a nominal £1 donation in return for getting inside any of these brilliant replica aircraft to pose for photos. Thank you!
Did you know: Last year, we were asked whether we had permission for these static aircraft to land on the seafront!
Ground attractions and Live music!
Thanks to The Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower, we have the fantastic 80s band Hyperactive at 6pm and Queen II performing live on stage at 7.45pm, letting the magic of the day continue on into the evening.
Touring Britain and Europe captivating audiences with their nostalgic tribute show, Queen II provide a breath taking show, faithfully recreating the energy, excitement, and emotion of a classic Queen concert!
Performing hits from every decade of Queen’s musical legacy – Queen II truly are the Champions Of Tributes!
As part of the day, you’ll be able to enjoy the official Red Arrows simulator, interact with the information stands and stalls. Whatever you fancy to eat or drink, they’ll be plenty of choice between the various caterers and of course Herne Bay’s local cafes and restaurants.
Help make it happenDonations accepted