We do like to be beside the seaside, which combined with one of the best air shows in the world, record visitor numbers and the occasional ice cream must mean its Bournemouth Air Festival.
An estimated 1.2m people attended the four day show with the Coastguard confirming that 1,000 boats provided a view from the water.
The Red Arrows, a Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota, RAF Typhoon and the last British Lancaster bomber all took part. The festival was also the biggest joint venture between the Royal Navy, the Army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Marines in their 350th year.
95 year old wing walker Tom Lackey kicked off the festival, favourites the Red Arrows performed on all 4 days and the RAF Typhoon provided the finale to a fantastic event.
On the ground there were 1.5 miles of trading stalls and ground displays located between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. The Royal Marines performed unarmed combat demonstrations every day and a beach Commando Assault on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. Moored up in the bay was an impressive flotilla of Royal Navy vessels alongside the French Navy’s FS Sagittarie with HMS Westminster open to visitors.
And if that wasn’t enough as the sun went down the ‘Night Air‘programme kicked in. A Rolls Royce Spitfire kicked things off followed by O’Briens Flying Circus and the Twister Duo who set the skies alight with The Red Devils Parachute Team, finishing the evening line up.