Archive for July, 2008

Join the Aviator Club for Top Arena-side Action

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Airbourne spectators are in for arena action with a difference in 2008 as the RAF College Band and Go Fast! Parkour team all the way from Holland headline the Western Lawn displays when the world’s biggest seafront airshow returns to Eastbourne next month.

On the ground Airbourne action sees several new and novel introductions for 2008 boasting a variety of displays; from the team at Go Fast impressing audiences with their energetic free-running to the RAF Swing Wing Band continuing their long tradition touring at seaside resorts, plus Europe’s premier dog team, the Essex Dog Display jump through hoops of fire. With hospitality at Airbourne going arena-side for 2008, airshow fans can book a day out at the Aviator Club and enjoy front-row arena seats with a three-course summer lunch for just £50+VAT per person.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “I’m very excited about the Airbourne arena line-up for 2008 and I’m sure it will be a huge hit with airshow spectators. The opportunity to turn the arena and flying action into a first class day out with Aviator Club hospitality is fantastic and great for a special occasion with family and friends, or, for wining and dining business clients.With spectacular flying displays also confirmed from the Red Arrows, Guinot Wingwalkers, Catalina, RAF Typhoon, Hawk, Tucano and Tutor, plus the impressive Chinook helicopter, Airbourne is really shaping up for a bumper four days in August.”

The Royal Marines Commando Display Team is also set to perform their unarmed combat in the Airbourne arena. Visitors will be wowed as the team that are based at the Royal Naval Air Station, demonstrate their ability to defend attacks and showcase the skills that they deploy all over the world in mountains, desert, jungle and even the Arctic.

Tickets for an exclusive day out at the Aviator Club are on sale now and airshow fans can enjoy uninterrupted views of all the twists and turns in the skies as well as on the ground action, for only £50+VAT, when Airbourne returns to Eastbourne from 14-17 August.

Including a champagne welcome and three-course summer lunch, make the most of the Aviator Club with the best seats on the seafront and dine alfresco at the biggest international airshow.

The flying schedule is shaping up to be action-packed too with the Red Arrows zooming through Eastbourne skies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A full round-up with times will be available in the official Airbourne souvenir programme on sale from 8 August.

To make a booking for Aviator Club Hospitality telephone the Events team on 01323 415442 or visit to download a booking form.

For tickets to the airshow buy online from E-shop, pop into the Tourist Information Centre or telephone Eastbourne Box Office on 01323 412000.

For further information on Airbourne airshow visit

Still Time to Go Exclusive at Airbourne this Summer

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Exclusive Bandstand viewing seats for the world’s biggest seafront airshow are selling out fast with visitors keen to make the most of the best, unrestricted views of the dynamic flying displays over Eastbourne seafront.Tickets went on sale last month offering visitors the chance to book a seat for the day around the town’s historic Bandstand with exclusive views of Airbourne airshow. At just £10 per person when combined with Airbourne entry, the tickets present excellent value for money at the forefront of all the flying action as the Red Arrows, Guinot Wingwalkers, Blades aerobatic team, Spitfire and RAF Typhoon, Hawk, Tutor and Tucano get set to zoom through Eastbourne skies this August.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “The Bandstand exclusive viewing seats are proving extremely popular this year with visitors eager to make the most of the uninterrupted views of the Airbourne flying displays all from the beautiful setting of the Bandstand’s upper balcony. There are some top displays coming up at Airbourne this year and knowing you have your own seat to enjoy the airshow makes the event a top day out this summer, with visitors making group bookings for friends and family.”

Sales are very high for the weekend package tickets of Airbourne entry plus exclusive viewing seat and airshow organisers, Eastbourne Borough Council, are considering releasing more seats to fulfil the growing demand from weekend visitors.

On sale through’s E-shop, the combined ticket at just £10 per person per day offers a top saving and was the number one online seller for June. With Airbourne entry tickets also available online at just £5, or £2.50 with the Herald and Gazette Buy One Get One Free vouchers, online orders have hit an all time high.

For those that have yet to reserve their space on Eastbourne seafront, or their exclusive seat at the Bandstand, tickets are still available online through, over the counter at Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre or from Eastbourne Box Office on 01323 412000.

The Aviator Club is also new for 2008 and offers arena-side hospitality on the Western Lawns, making an extra special treat for a birthday or special occasion. The airshow also makes a fabulous setting to entertain business clients and prices start from just £50 for a three-course summer lunch and champagne welcome on the front row of the arena action. To find out more about the Aviator Club or to make a booking call 01323 415442.

With sales increasing every day as the airshow approaches, Airbourne organisers are set for a busy month in the lead up to the event as flying schedules are finalised and the new souvenir programme goes on sale.

Airbourne returns to Eastbourne seafront from 14-17 August. For further information telephone 0871 663 0031 or visit

Search is on for the 2008 Radio Airbourne Idol

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Budding DJs will have the chance to hit the waves on their own prime time radio show, as Radio Airbourne 87.7FM brings back its X-Factor style DJ competition.The Radio Star competition, run by Eastbourne Borough Council and sponsored by Specsavers, is now open to entries from aspiring DJs and radio enthusiasts of any age. Competing for their own hour long arena-side show at Airbourne airshow on Sunday 17 August, entrants can compete for the sought after slot by sending in a 5-minute audition tape ready to impress the tough panel of judges.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “This really is an opportunity not to be missed by any budding radio presenter to get some hands-on experience in a real radio studio and gain some behind the scenes production skills, with top advice from some experienced broadcasters. Taking to the waves for the first time, the winner could well be the next big radio star.”

Entrants must make a real impression on a two-man panel, including Specsavers’ Matt Briggs and Radio Airbourne’s own Mr Nasty, Station Manager, Ian Harling. Looking for a Radio Idol, entries will be judged on vocal abilities and lively content ready to rouse Airbourne visitors this August.

Ian said “It’s going to be a tough fought competition, but I will be critical and only the best can make it. We are looking for raw talent so experience isn’t essential, just a good voice, interesting dialogue and the desire to be number one, with real attention to detail.”

The winner will get to spend a full day with the team working behind the scenes of the official radio station to the world’s biggest seafront airshow and will receive a recording of their own show on CD.

This year, Radio Airbourne 87.7FM, joins the airwaves from Monday 11 through to Sunday 17 August, broadcasting live commentary, pilot interviews, traffic and weather updates and a great variety of music. Broadcast 24 hours a day, listeners will be able to tune in at any time throughout the week to get the latest flying news and previews.

Entries are open now for budding radio stars to send in their own 5-minute long CD or Mini Disc recording, with entries closing on 3rd August. Recordings should be sent to the Station Manager, Radio Airbourne, Eastbourne Borough Council, 68 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4UH.

There are also plenty of opportunities to advertise on Radio Airbourne 87.7FM. Telephone the Events Team on 01323 415442 to find out more.

For more information on Airbourne and Radio Airbourne 87.7FM visit or telephone 0871 663 0031. To book tickets for this year’s airshow telephone the Box Office on 01323 412000, visit or pop into Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.

POTY2008 – Theme 6 – In Control

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Hi all,

The final set of results are now in for theme 6 “In Control” and for the first time in this competition our winner has run off with maximum 36 points. Congratultions go to Dean Feltimo of Maidenhead for his win, which also makes him our first winner to win 2 monthly prizes.

The judges had quite a job to do this month due to the sheer variety of interpretations, and I made sure I pushed the judges to base their voting on theme interpretation along with image quality.

In trying to keep variety, theme 7 is entitled “The Public” – this could be Airshow crowd shots, individuals, or waiting in a queue of cars, or perhaps even an airport terminal crowd shot. You may even come up with some ideas of your own, but this is going to be tough and snap shots simply will not do!

The prize for this theme is ThinkTANK Photo Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket courtesy of Snapperstuff Ltd. If you think you are good enough… Good Luck, and I look forward to your entries.