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All New Aviator Club is Open for Business

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Visitors to Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow have the chance to book now for the new and improved Aviator Club hospitality marquee offering uninterrupted views directly on the flying line.

The popular seafront airshow returns to the UK’s sunniest place from 11-14 August and promises dynamic flying displays from fast jets to historic aircraft, and from freefall parachutists to international planes.

New for 2011, organisers are moving its popular Aviator Club to a better position directly on the flying line and will be offering guests exclusive chalets with two tables of eight in each.

Eastbourne Borough Council Events Manager Mike Marchant said “We are very excited to launch the 2011 Aviator Club packages and really kick off the countdown to this year’s Airbourne. Our new Aviator Club packages provide the ultimate way to soak in the fantastic Airbourne atmosphere while enjoying unrivalled views of the flying displays and the packages really are a must for airshow fans.

“Boasting a new smaller chalet arrangement this year, the Aviator Club will also offer a unique and private venue for wining and dining business clients and I hope we see many Eastbourne businesses taking advantage of this fantastic event on their doorstep.”

Guests can book now for the Aviator Club from just £60+VAT per person and look forward to a first class day out in August enjoying coffee and home made cookies and biscuits on arrival, champagne, two-course summer lunch and an afternoon strawberry cream tea. Guests will also receive a copy of the official airshow programme and have access to a private Aviator Club bar. Those who book before 30 April will also receive a 15% discount for the Thursday of Airbourne.

For more information on Airbourne 2011, to book a place in the Aviator Club, or to find out about other ways to support the event including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, visit or telephone 01323 415442.

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Watch Grand Firework Finale from Iconic Landmark

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Airbourne visitors are being offered the opportunity to enjoy the airshow’s spectacular firework finale with exclusive seating at the Bandstand on Sunday evening.

The renowned grand firework finale sponsored by Eastbourne Pier is a huge draw for visitors to the four day free event providing the ultimate finish to the action-packed airshow on Eastbourne seafront.

New for 2010, visitors are being given the chance to book a seat on the upper balcony of Eastbourne Bandstand to watch the dazzling display.  

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “We are delighted to offer visitors and airshow fans the chance to enjoy the wonderful firework finale with their own seat at the Bandstand. With hundreds of visitors expected to line the seafront to watch the display, the upper balcony at the Bandstand offers unrivalled views and provides a great way to enjoy the end of another year at Airbourne.”

Visitors can book exclusive viewing seats for the firework finale from the Seafront Office next to the Bandstand or by calling 01323 410611 and for just £2.50, they offer excellent value for money. 

Exclusive viewers can take their seats from 9.30pm ready for the 10pm display to be launched from the end of the Pier.

With exclusive seating available during the day on all four days of Airbourne as well offering uninterrupted views of the flying line, avid airshow fans can enjoy their own seat for the day with prices starting from £7 per person per day.

For more information on exclusive seating at Airbourne go to or call 01323 410611.

Airbourne Evening Extravaganzas

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Visitors to the world’s biggest free flying extravaganza can enjoy the event all day and night long in 2010 with new evening entertainment every night at Eastbourne Airbourne from 12-15 August.

Eastbourne International Airshow is offering visitors the opportunity to extend their Airbourne experience into the evening with a packed programme of evening entertainment including Bandstand concerts, live bands and a spectacular firework display.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “Airbourne is a fantastic event promising four thrilling days for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that are on their way later this week. With so many visitors enjoying the free event, we are very excited to extend the choice of evening entertainment for 2010 and offer visitors the opportunity to stay on the seafront and watch live concerts and evening flying too! Our new event, Picnic on the Proms, taking place on Saturday evening promises to be spectacular and we are very pleased to be welcoming The Shades of Blue Big Band for this special performance.”  

Starting this Thursday 12 August, the evening entertainment at Airbourne kicks off with a Big Band Night at Eastbourne Bandstand with Swingshift playing classic hits from this memorable era.  

Friday night really does offer non-stop Airbourne action all day, with Swing Street Band playing live in the arena from 6-8pm to a backdrop of flying displays from the Eurofighter Typhoon, Gnats, Blades, Spitfire and Hurricane Bomber for Come Fly With Me. Visitors will be invited into the arena to enjoy performances ranging from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse, with Easy Company exhibiting their military vehicles.

Visitors can then hot foot it down to the Bandstand for a Night of Dirty Dancing, with the audience invited to get up and dance at the tribute concert based on the popular 80s movie.

Saturday night offers a brand new experience for Airbourne in 2010, with visitors invited to Picnic on the Proms. This special evening event offers families the chance to bring a picnic and enjoy the sun setting on another day out at Airbourne with The Shades of Blue Big Band, part of The Band of the RAF Regiment, performing a free arena concert from 6-8pm. 

From Big Band to Rock n Roll, the Bandstand extends the musical experience at 8pm with an Elvis tribute concert bringing the seafront to life. 

And as the bumper filled airshow comes to an end on Sunday, visitors have one last chance to enjoy Airbourne into the night with an RAF Military Concert at the Bandstand from The Band of the RAF Regiment and a Spitfire flypast at 8pm, followed by the free dazzling firework finale from Eastbourne Pier at 10pm. 

Tickets for all Bandstand concerts are on sale now from the Seafront Office, next to the Bandstand, or by calling 01323 410611.  

For more information on the evening entertainment at Airbourne 2010 visit or call 0871 663 0031.

Spectacular South Downs Steal Photo Competition

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

A spectacular image capturing an iconic Red Arrow Hawk flying over the South Downs has triumphed in the 2010 Eastbourne Airbourne Photo Competition beating off more than 200 entries.

The winning photograph taken by Andrew Campbell was a favourite amongst the judges showcasing one of the most popular flying displays against a backdrop of Eastbourne’s thriving beaches and breathtaking South Downs countryside.

Attracting a record number of entries this year, the Airbourne Photo Competition received an outstanding selection of images this year, with entrants showcasing the busy beach setting, the iconic Pier and Bandstand, fantastic smoke formations, wide range of aircraft and white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “What a fantastic number and range of entries we received this year! The standard of entries was really high, which made it very tough to pick a final winner but we feel the winning photograph really captures what a fantastic event Airbourne is. Not only can you see the busy beaches reflecting Airbourne’s status as the world’s biggest free seafront airshow, but you can also see one of the most popular flying displays zooming past the magnificent backdrop of the South Downs. I’m sure we’ll see this image flying around the world as a postcard this summer!”

Andrew’s winning image is being turned into a limited edition souvenir postcard available for visitors to buy from the Information Tent at this year’s Airbourne, which starts next Thursday 12 August.

Promising a thrilling line up of flying over the four day event, including fast jets the Red Arrows and The Blades, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Cataline, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, F-16, Breitling Wingwalkers, Tigers Parachute Display Team, Vampire and more, there will be plenty of opportunities for photographers and airshow fans to get snapping again this year.

With the arena line up also promising action-packed displays such as the Essex Dog Display Team with their canine friends leaping through hoops of fire, and the Globeriders performing gravity-defying motorbike stunts inside a giant steel ball, it’s not just the skies that will capture photographers’ attention next week.

With the free event taking place from 12-15 August now just a week away, visitors can join the final countdown and purchase a copy of the official 2010 souvenir programme for just £3, and get expert information on all of the displays coming up this summer.

For more information on Eastbourne Airbourne visit or call 0871 663 0031.

Thrilling Flying at Eastbourne Airbourne Next Week

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

There’s just a week to go until Eastbourne International Airshow zooms back to the UK’s sunniest place with visitors ready to enjoy hours of spectacular flying, seven days of live Radio Airbourne broadcast, 35,000 ice-creams, brand new Picnic on the Proms and a dazzling firework finale! 

Airbourne returns to Eastbourne seafront next week from 12-15 August and now in its 18th year, promises to be bigger and better than every before with fantastic flying, evening entertainment, arena displays, Bandstand concerts and more!

Headlining this year’s event is four days of displays from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, commemorating 70 years since the Battle of Britain was fought out over south east England with Saturday evening offering a special anniversary display. Visitors can look forward an exciting Dogfight re-enactment between the Spitfire and Bucon Messerschmitt 109 in an attack on a pleasure boat before a new evening extravaganza.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “I am extremely excited for this year’s Airbourne and the fantastic programme of displays and entertainment coming up next week! Not only do we have a brilliant flying programme and the chance for visitors to get their hands on the latest flying schedule when they buy the souvenir programme, but there are great new evening events, the popular Bandstand concerts, the wonderful RAF Village and of course, the acclaimed firework finale to round off four bumper packed days! Set on our stunning seafront, with lots to see and do, Airbourne is the perfect event to keep you entertained for a long weekend by the coast!”

Crowd favourites the Red Arrows, whose display is sponsored by, are back for three days of flying on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a special ground appearance on Saturday afternoon finishing with a flypast on Sunday. And the Reds will be joined by a top line up of international aircraft over the four days including the Belgian F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon, P-51 Mustang, and Catalina.

With such a vast line up of flying, Airbourne is going into the evening on both Friday and Saturday night in 2010. Come Fly With Me! returns on Saturday evening with the Typhoon, Gnats, Blades, Spitfire and Hurricane Bomber performing an evening display from 6-8pm while the Swing Street Band perform in the arena playing a variety of music, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble!

Brand new for 2010, Saturday evening offers another evening extravaganza with Picnic on the Proms. Following the special Battle of Britain 70 display, The Shades of Blue Big Band, part of The Band of the RAF Regiment, will perform in the arena and visitors are invited to bring a picnic to the lawns and chill out as the sun goes down on a busy day at Airbourne.

With plenty of reasons for visitors to have their eyes to the skies, there is also lots to look forward to on the ground including the RAF Village on the Western Lawns offering a fascinating insight into life in the Royal Air Force. Children can sit in a replica Red Arrow cockpit or climb aboard a replica Chinook, while the RAF Careers team speak to budding young pilots, and the Mobile Catering Unit carry out field cookery demonstrations.

For those who want their own personal soundtrack to the airshow, visitors can buy Airbourne radio headsets from the Information Tent at the event and tune into Radio Airbourne on 87.7FM promising 165 hours of live commentary, pilot interviews, music, weather and travel updates with a programme and radio headset available together for only £6.  

The airshow opens from 10am – 6pm each day from Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 August, with extended flying until 8pm on Friday, a live band until 8pm on Saturday, and a firework finale launched from Eastbourne Pier at 10pm on Sunday night.

For more information on Airbourne 2010 visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.

Countdown to Eastbourne Airbourne with Official Programme

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The world’s biggest free seafront airshow is just a week away and fans are being invited to join the final countdown with the official souvenir programme on sale now.

Visitors to Eastbourne Airbourne, taking place from 12-15 August, can enjoy an early taste of the spectacular flying, action-packed arena displays and bumper schedule of evening entertainment with the 2010 Souvenir Programme already hitting the news shelves around the town.

With hundreds of fans already ordering their airshow programmes, visitors are getting ready for a bumper 2010 event, with expert information on the flying displays, exclusive competitions, money-saving coupons for local attractions, and vouchers to exchange for up to date flying times on the day.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “This year’s souvenir programme really is bumper packed from start to finish with a whopping 62 pages full of behind the scenes information on all of the flying displays, a guide to the RAF Village, a plane spotter’s guide, fantastic family competitions and much more! Containing daily flying vouchers to exchange for an up to date flying schedule at Airbourne, we will be able to bring visitors the very latest times so they can plan what to watch when!”

This year, the souvenir programme is available at more outlets than ever before making it easy for airshow fans to lay their hands on a copy. As well as being available to buy online from and from the Seafront Office and Tourist Information Centre, the Airbourne programme is now also available to buy from independent newsagents and outlets in and around Eastbourne.

With official Airbourne radio headsets also available to purchase offering the chance for visitors to listen to the official airshow radio station on 87.7FM, visitors can buy both for just £6 and enjoy the ultimate guide to Airbourne.

For more information on Airbourne 2010 or to order a copy of the programme online visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.

Radio Airbourne Back on Air

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The official radio station for the world’s biggest free seafront airshow is returning to the airwaves from 9-15 August bringing live updates and commentary from Eastbourne International Airshow.

Specsavers are sponsoring Radio Airbourne again this year when it returns next month on 87.7FM to entertain airshow fans in the lead up and during Eastbourne Airbourne 2010.

Broadcasting 24 hours a day, brand new for this year, companies are being offered the opportunity to advertise on air or sponsor travel and weather updates, and reach an audience of thousands of listeners.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “We are very excited that Radio Airbourne is returning to the Eastbourne airwaves for this year’s airshow, with lots for listeners to look forward to. From flying previews to exclusive pilot interviews, Radio Airbourne provides the ultimate guide to what’s going on in Eastbourne during its busiest week of the year and this is a great opportunity for advertisers to reach a mass audience. With Airbourne Radio Headsets also available and pre-tuned to 87.7FM, there is no excuse for visitors to miss out on listening to the official radio station.”

Advertising packages are available for Radio Airbourne 2010 starting at just £105 for four 30-second adverts each day from 9-15 August. Or companies can opt for a premium advertising package and sponsor the weather or travel updates for £500+VAT, guaranteeing a mention of their company name every hour from 8am – 6pm each day.

Station Manager Ian Harling is back behind the desk taking control of this year’s Radio Airbourne with guest hosts popping in each day to take over the airwaves, with Eastbourne Specsavers using the station to encourage airshow visitors to take vision tests and hearing screenings. 

A Specsavers spokesperson said “Specsavers Eastbourne has been the proud sponsor of Radio Airbourne for a number of years. As one of Eastbourne’s main events in the calendar year, Specsavers is thrilled to demonstrate its support to such an exciting and dynamic show and contribute in part to the community spirit.”

Radio Airbourne returns this year from Monday 9 August through to the final day of Eastbourne’s airshow on Sunday 15 August and promises live commentary, pilot interviews, flying previews, traffic and weather updates and a great variety of music.  

As well as listening live, visitors can also keep up to date with Radio Airbourne by following the crew on twitter at and followers are encouraged to join in the conversation and use the #radioairbourne hashtag to let the team know what they think. Airbourne enthusiasts can also keep up to date by searching for ‘Radio Airbourne’ on Facebook to join the fan group, or they can ring the studio on 01323 722704 Mon – Weds pm or 01323 738606 from Wednesday evening – Sunday.

With official Airbourne Radio Headsets available to visitors for £4, or a special offer price of £3 when bought with a souvenir programme, airshow fans can enjoy Radio Airbourne live as they wander the seafront and enjoy the flying displays.  

For more information on Radio Airbourne or to enquire about advertising contact Eastbourne Borough Council’s Events team on 01323 415442.

Do you have a Winning Airbourne Snap?

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Visitors can join the final five-week countdown to the world’s biggest free seafront airshow by sending in their favourite Airbourne snaps for the chance to see their photo flying around the world on a special edition postcard to be launched at the event this summer.

Airbourne has welcomed some of the globe’s fastest and most dynamic jets and aircraft over the past 18 years that have always got spectators snap happy during the four day event in August.

After the success of last year’s Airbourne Photo Competition that attracted dozens of entries, event organisers Eastbourne Borough Council once again want to see visitors’ favourite photographs with a selection of the best entries to be posted on Facebook and Twitter.  

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “We are very excited to be running the Airbourne Photo Competition again in 2010, and with just five weeks to go until this summer’s spectacular event, we really hope this will up the momentum and get everybody in the mood for this year’s Eastbourne International Airshow. I see thousands of people snapping away with their cameras every year at Airbourne so I’m sure there are some brilliant pictures out there and I can’t wait to see them come zooming in!”

Taking place on Eastbourne’s glorious sunny seafront providing magnificent views of aircraft flying in above the town, over the sea and from behind the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, Airbourne provides a picture perfect setting for endless photography.

Last year’s winning snap taken by Scott Morley captured the iconic Red Arrows flying past Eastbourne Pier and this year event organisers are looking for another breathtaking image to be turned into a postcard and launched at the airshow when it returns from 12-15 August.

New for this year, a selection of the best entries will be posted on Airbourne’s page on Facebook and Twitter and airshow fans will be able to post their comments before the final decision is made and the winning entry is picked.

As well as receiving copies of their winning postcard, the winning photographer will also receive Premium Friends of Airbourne Membership and a helicopter trip giving them great aerial views for even more photography during this year’s airshow.

Digital photographs must be a minimum 1MB in size and submitted via e-mail to or can be posted on CD to Airbourne Photo Competition, Tourism Promotions, 68 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4UH.

The competition closes on 31 July 2010. For more information and a full set of competition rules visit or or telephone 01323 415556.

Mayor to Walk on Wings for Chosen Charities

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Mayor of Eastbourne is leading the countdown to the world’s biggest free seafront airshow by taking to the skies with a wingwalk aboard the Breitling Boeing Stearman Biplanes.The Mayor of Eastbourne Councillor Carolyn Heaps will take to the sky later this week to raise vital funds for her chosen charities and to launch the final five-week countdown to Airbourne, Eastbourne International Airshow.

The Mayor will follow in the footsteps of fully trained Breitling wingwalkers and defy gravity as she treads the aeroplane wings hundreds of feet into the air, giving a taster of just one of the flying displays that visitors can look forward to at Airbourne 2010 when it returns from 12-15 August.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “‘I am really excited about doing this sponsored wingwalk for my chosen charities – Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA and Care for the Carers/Young Carers – which support the young people of Eastbourne.

“I am always amazed by the fantastic wingwalking displays we see at Airbourne every year and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to mark the official countdown and give my charity fund a boost with a wingwalk of my own! I hope that the generous Eastbourne residents and Airbourne fans will dig deep to ensure that my wingwalking feat is a great success, and that my charity fund for 2010/11 gets off to a flying start.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the Mayor’s wingwalk with all donations going towards the Mayor’s nominated charities for the year, Eastbourne YMCA and Eastbourne Young Carers, can send donations to The Mayor’s Office, Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4UG. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Mayor of Eastbourne’s Charity’.  

This Thursday 8 July, the Mayor will take off from Lydd Airport with the Breitling Wingwalkers ready to take on a feat in aid of her chosen charities.

The Breitling Wingwalkers lead a thrilling line up of flying displays at Airbourne 2010 including, the Red Arrows, Blades, Eurofighter Typhoon, F16, Tigers Parachutists, Hawk and more.

Visitors have a packed programme on its way this summer with just as much action on the ground too including the popular Essex Dog Display, impressive motorbike stunts inside a giant steel ball from the Globeriders, and new evening displays on Friday and Saturday with Come Fly With Me and Battle of Britain 70 (BoB 70).  

For more information on Airbourne 2010 visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.

Book a VIP Place in Airbourne Aviator Club

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Fans of the world’s biggest free seafront airshow have the chance to book into the exclusive Aviator Club at this year’s Eastbourne International Airshow with arena-side wining and dining.The Aviator Club is open for business again in 2010 offering visitors the chance to make their Airbourne experience extra special by becoming a VIP member of the prestigious hospitality club.

Airshow fans, visitors celebrating a special occasion, or businesses looking for an alternative away day or a unique venue to wine and dine clients, can take advantage of arena-side seats, champagne and canapés, and a three-course summer lunch with a day at the Aviator Club.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “We are very excited to be opening the Aviator Club for the third year in 2010 offering Airbourne visitors the chance to really upgrade their airshow experience with a day in our exclusive hospitality marquee. Aviator Club guests can put their feet up and enjoy table service with a private bar and the chance to enjoy first class views of the arena action and flying line.”

Visitors can book now for the Aviator Club hospitality marquee from just £55+VAT per person per day with guests booking for Friday being offered the opportunity to extend their experience into the evening with the return of the Come Fly With Me evening display. To book a place at the Aviator Club call 01323 415442.

With a top line up of flying already confirmed for Airbourne 2010 when it returns to Eastbourne seafront from 12-15 August, visitors and Aviator Club guests can look forward to displays from the Red Arrows on all four days, a special display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight marking 70 years since the Battle of Britain, the impressive Eurofighter Typhoon, Catalina, Breitling Wingwalkers and much more!

For more information on Airbourne 2010, to book a place in the Aviator Club, or to find out about other ways to upgrade your airshow experience including Exclusive Seating and Friends of Airbourne membership, visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.