The seaside town of Dawlish is a premier resort on the south coast of Devon and, with its glorious bay and dramatic coastline, it’s the perfect setting for the spectacle that is ‘Dawlish Air Show’.
Dawlish Air Show 2015 will take place on Saturday 22 August 2015.
Each year this event attracts over 80,000 people to watch an array of aircraft take to the sky at this award winning air show.
Taking a look back over the last nine years of the, it’s quite remarkable to reflect on the displays that have been seen in the skies over our small seaside town. It bears testament to the efforts of the organising committee and helpers.
Front-line military jets such as the Harrier, Tornado and Typhoon have been joined by formation display teams like The Army’s Blue Eagles and dynamic civilian teams like The Blades.
In 2008, Dawlish hosted the Royal Jordanian Falcons and, on a couple of occasions, we’ve been supported by aircraft from the United States Air Force.
Two displays stand out and have elevated the event to cult status among air show fans – the Royal Force Role Demonstration in 2008 and the unforgettable sight of the Avro Vulcan flying in formation with the Red Arrows in 2009.
There was hardly a dry eye in the 50,000+ crowd as this amazing flypast was dedicated to the man who first had the vision of an air show in Dawlish – former Dawlish Carnival Chairman, Brian Heath.
In 2012, Dawlish Air Show changed its format from being a one day in August, to a two day event in June, providing Dawlish with a fitting end to the Town’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
As well as the spectacular annual Air Show, we were proud to hold an Armed Forces Day on Thursday, 7th June. A day of family fun and entertainment centred on Dawlish’s main Lawn, supported by several divisions of the Armed Forces.
Despite falling foul of poor weather, the Air Show itself, on Friday 8th June, was a great success, culminating with the return of the Royal Air Force’s Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
Dawlish Air Show 2013 took place on Friday 23rd August (ground attractions only) and Saturday 24th August 2013, which was the August Bank Holiday weekend. We were very excited about holding the show on what was a new date, and with a stellar line-up, as well as stunning weather, we attracted a record crowd to the town.
Dawlish Air Show 2014 was held on Friday 22nd (Family Fun Day) and Saturday 23 August (Air Show) – and airshow day attracted in the region of 100,000 as our biggest crowd yet flocked to the town to see a line-up including both of the world’s last remaining Avro Lancasters.
Dawlish Air Show attracts families enjoying their annual holiday in this award-winning resort, local residents and day-trippers from all over the South West.
Our show has gained an international reputation and even won an award from the European Air Show Council. As a result, aviation enthusiasts travel from all over the UK and Europe to sample the Dawlish experience.
As well as the thrilling air displays, there are static displays at Dawlish Warren and in Smugglers field, as well as plenty of attractions and activities for all the family on the Lawn in the centre of Dawlish. The fun doesn’t stop when the flying does, so why not come and join us on the Lawn for an evening of great music.
In view of the immense footfall and diversity of visitors to Dawlish Air Show, we are able to provide a unique opportunity for businesses large and small, local and countrywide, to promote themselves. If you are interested in finding out more about our sponsorship packages, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to talk to you.
The committee consists of five unpaid volunteers (from left to right – Emma Nankervis, Jenny Connor, Matt Simmons, Ali Aitchison and Kevin Wills) who all work tirelessly all year round to put on the great spectacle that is Dawlish Air Show. We are supported by a larger working group, who between them bring various skills vital to the safe running and management of such a large event.
It’s impossible to name them all here, but we want to give special thanks to several of them who go that extra mile to help make the air show happen:
These are Gareth Stringer (press officer and programme editor), Tim Eden (safety advisor), Helen and Geoff Wills (marshal and ICC co-ordinators), Andy Pawsey (commentator), Donna Liggins (social media and design), Alison Holmes (admin) and Dave Connor.
The committee would also like thank everybody else who helps in so many different ways, however big or small, and to all our sponsors and supporters. Without your help, support and advice there would be no show!
A final word of thanks has to go to our families for their help and support throughout the year.
See you in August!