Bournemouth Air Festival
Years ago, a trip to the seaside meant ice cream, donkey rides, amusement arcades and a lot of staring at the sea. Those days are long gone especially if you visit Bournemouth around the time of the award winning Air Festival. With a record-breaking 1300 boats in the bay on Saturday alone and total numbers topping 750,000 in spite of weather extremes, the event welcomed new displays from the MiG 15 and Hawk T2 Role Demo Team as well as an emotional farewell from festival favourite, the Vulcan against a backdrop of a flotilla of Royal Navy ships. The world-renowned Red Arrows stole the show as usual performing on all four days. The REM slice of this seaside confection is Night Air with the Wave 105 Music Stage fully loaded for three nights of fantastic music. Thursday night kicked off with a Proms on the Beach style ‘Power from the Sea’ concert with HM Royal Marines Band Collingwood Friday night turned into Pop Night with Alesha Dixon, Lawson and Scouting for Girls. Saturday night saw the Wave 105 crew presenting ‘Take Off’ a journey through 25 years of dance, with club anthems and DJ sets on the beach from Livin’ Joy ft Luzahnn, K Klass, Karen Harding, Artful (Artful Dodger’s Mark Hill) and Black Box . That’s the way to do it – something for everyone and yes – we did manage at least one ice cream!