Thousands expected in Swansea for annual air display
Tens of thousands of visitors counting down the days to the Wales Airshow are being offered some last-minute advice on how to make the most of their days at one of the country’s biggest free events.
The Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are among the iconic flying machines getting ready to show off their talents at the event on July 6 and 7.
And for the first time there’s to be a new After Dark display, featuring hot air balloons, an aerobatic display team, a dusk parachute display as well as live music and a fireworks finale over the bay.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “The 2019 Wales Airshow offers some bonus features as part of our city’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“The Red Arrows are difficult to guarantee at the best of times and this year they’re doing fewer shows in Britain. However, we’ve got them for both days and they will be closing the Airshow displays on Saturday at 4.30pm and re-opening the display programme on Sunday at 11.30am. We know that they love coming to Swansea as much as we love seeing them.”
He added: “The Airshow is the biggest event in our annual events calendar and we want to make sure that everyone who attends has a great experience - the spectators, exhibitors, traders and pilots. A major event of this size is inevitably going to cause some disruption but our aim is to minimise this as much as possible. Following feedback from last year, we’re also changing the way road closures will operate on Friday July 5.
“The Wales Airshow has become a key part of summer in Swansea and generates millions of pounds for the local economy. It’s the perfect headline event to a fantastic summer programme of events for Swansea.”
Here’s 11 things you need to know about the Wales Airshow, 2019.
- After Dark. The new ‘After-Dark’ display on Saturday 6 July takes place in-between the bottom of Brynmill Lane to the Civic Centre from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. There’ll be 10 hot air balloons spaced out, tethered and firing along Swansea Beach, two display aircraft with fireworks firing off their wings and the Tigers parachute display team who will be performing a night parachute jump.Along with entertainers, a funfair, live bands and a firework finale, make sure you don’t miss the evening entertainment.
- The App. If you want to be the family know-all about the Wales Airshow, download the Airshow App sponsored by Home from Home from the App Store for only £1.99. It’ll be packed with real-time updates on what’s happening and when. Plus local offers including discounts on restaurants, bars and local attractions. If you’ve purchased the App in previous years, then the updates are free - you only pay once.
- Ground control. Ground-based displays and entertainment starts from 10am. Positioned along Swansea Prom and along Oystermouth Road, there’s flight simulators, a funfair, armed forces vehicles & displays, a mobile climbing tower and even a full size replica Spitfire and Hurricane plane. Another new display for this year are the RAF Police Dog demonstrations.
- Meet the Pilots. If watching the planes from the Prom just isn’t enough, you’ll also have to opportunity to meet Team Raven, The Tigers Parachute Team and the military engineers who keep The Red Arrows, Chinook and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in the air.
- Parking. There’s plenty to choose from, starting from £10 a day for car and passengers at two park and ride sites – Bay Studios and Landore which will drop you and the family at the Civic Centre.
- Road closures. Please plan ahead for Friday July 5 as well as Saturday and Sunday. To ensure safety and security, on a major event such as this, road closures will be needed.From noon on Friday 5 July, Oystermouth Road / Mumbles Road will be closed from the junction of Dunvant Place to Brynmill Lane in a westbound direction. On Saturday and Sunday the road will be closed in both directions. Full details with maps can be found on the Wales Airshow website http://walesairshow.co.uk
- Live music. Don’t miss the live music from local talent on two stages; at The Cenotaph and Civic Centre.
- Children. Helping you keep the children safe is our priority too. ‘Tag your tot’ with the free wristbands sponsored by Dawsons. These will be available at the Information Points, park and ride drop off locations or from staff at the car parks.If your child does get separated from you, tell them to look out for the stewards who will be wearing high visibility jackets.
- Accessible Facilities. As always we’re providing Changing Places sites, toilets, designated viewing areas and parking. For full details go to the website at walesairshow.co.uk
- Highlights. Apart from the Red Arrows, this year’s great display line-up includes the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight sponsored by GWR, the Chinook and Typhoon as well as first time appearances by The Catalina, The Blades, The Ultimate Warbirds and the T33 Shooting Star.
- There’s loads more. Make sure you check out the comprehensive http://websitewalesairshow.co.uk