Southend Airshow, the Free Festival of the Air

Southend Airshow, the free Festival of the Air

Until 2013, the town of Southend played host to the Festival of the Air, better known as the Southend Airshow – one of the largest free airshows around. Southend Airshow 2013 was cancelled due to council spending cuts (See: Southend Airshow Axed)

Southend Airshow – what you need to know:

  • When: The Southend Airshow used to take place each year on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It was a two-day event on the Sunday and Monday
  • How much: The air show was free to the public
  • Where to stand: The best place to be was on Western Esplanade, between the Pier and the Arches Restaurant, as the action takes place over the water mainly between those points. Sitting on the cliffs or on the sea wall was generally a good option.
  • Driving: Southend Seafront is closed to traffic. Coming in by train (c2c line) may be your best bet as traffic into Southend, and parking, can be an issue. Trains to Southend
  • Show information: BBC Essex ran a special “Radio Airshow” service throughout the day on 1530AM. There were PA speakers strung up along the seafront, but a small MW radio can be handy as the PA system can be difficult to hear if you’re not on the main run of the seafront.
  • Food and drink: On the seafront, there were various stalls, merchandise shops, rides and flight simulators. Food at these stalls can be pricey, and queues can be long, so bring your own food and drink

 

Southend Airshow 2010

Took place on Sunday the 30th May and Bank Holiday Monday the 31st May.

Due to the high winds on the 30th of May, many displays were cancelled, including the Gnats, Falcons parachute display and the Battle of Britain Flypast. Also, the Red Arrows were not in attendance, after a mid-air collision in March. Here’s a small collection of photos from 30th May 2010:

Southend Airshow 2010 - Wing Walkers
Southend Airshow 2010 – Wing Walkers

Some of the 2010 aircraft, including the noisy Typhoon
Some of the 2010 aircraft, including the noisy Typhoon

Southend Airshow 2010 - Audience Shot
Southend Airshow 2010 – Audience Shot

Southend Airshow 2010 - Wing Walkers
Southend Airshow 2010 – Wing Walkers

Southend Airshow 2010 - Western Esplanade view
Southend Airshow 2010 – Western Esplanade view Southend Airshow 2010 - BBC Essex Commentary Box
Southend Airshow 2010 – BBC Essex Commentary Box

Southend Airshow 2010 - Another Esplanade shot
Southend Airshow 2010 – Another Esplanade shot

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