Midlands Air Festival will fill the sky with aircraft, hot air balloons, helicopters, acrobatics, jets and so much more when it returns to the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall Estate from 2nd – 4th June 2022. Set to be an aviation spectacular not to be missed, it will be the perfect setting to celebrate this year’s Platinum Jubilee.
From Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th June, Midlands Air Festival promises an action packed, three-day event programme that will thrill and delight, welcoming visitors to enjoy a day out with friends and family, and an opportunity to make the most of the extra bank holidays in 2022.
Firmly established as one of the key aviation events in the UK, this year’s Platinum Jubilee special is shaping up to be even more spectacular. Visitors can expect a breath-taking air display featuring an array of warbirds, classic jets, helicopters, vintage aircraft, high energy aerobatics, modern military aircraft, close formation teams and parachute displays, and that’s before mentioning the hot balloons!
The impressive collection of hot air balloons and airships will include 200 multi-coloured giant balloons and feature the largest collection of special shaped character balloons in Europe. Across the three days of the festival, there will be an opportunity to see hot air balloon displays, both tethered and mass ascents, as well as the rather special Thursday evening night glow when balloons fire their burners in time to music and light up the night. On Friday and Saturday evenings the mass ascents will offer a picturesque close to the show.
Thursday evening will feature the famous and captivating ‘Nightfire’ display against the dark night sky. The illuminated display aircraft will trail fireworks and sparkles from their wings and ‘Nightfire’ will also join the national jubilee celebrations by firing their version of a beacon at 9.15pm, in line with all major cities in the UK. This will be followed by the balloon night glow and a firework finale making Thursday an exciting afternoon and evening of entertainment to start the festival.
Confirmed displays and special appearances
The three-day programme will be bursting with must see displays, thrilling spectacles and Platinum Jubilee celebratory additions. The amazing WW2 four engine B17 flying fortress ‘Sally B’ will return to this year’s show while Team Raven formation team will show their new six aircraft routine. Display teams including The Tiger Nine team of vintage de Haviland tiger moths, children’s favourite The Tiger Club’s Turbulent Display Team, The Strikemaster jet pair and world-famous radio control pilot Steve Carr with his giant Yak aerobatics model will all perform at the festival.
Some of the standout balloons will include the massive 154ft tall Scottish Piper, an array of animal shaped balloons, up to 180 multi coloured round balloons and one of our new international stars, Tropsy the friendly dinosaur will be travelling from Germany to make its debut at the show. As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Midlands Air Festival will also welcome the massive Guardsman balloon as well as a parade of balloons representing the Army Air Corps, the RAF and the Royal Navy.
On the ground there will be a catering options to suits all tastes, children’s entertainment to keep the little ones happy between air displays, music and trade stalls. For those looking to experience the event across multiple days, there are tickets available for the glamping and camping sites and a facility for overnight motor homes.
Trevor Graham, Midlands Air Festival flying director, said;
“This year’s Midlands Air Festival is shaping up to be a fantastic show and we are thrilled to be bringing it back to Ragley Hall Estate in this Platinum Jubilee year. It will be a very special event, celebrating the jubilee and will bring together more air spectaculars than ever before. There will be more exciting announcements to come as we head towards the festival dates, watch this space!”
Tickets are available for purchase as 1-day, 2-day and 3-day passes through the Midlands Air Festival website. Camping and glamping packages can also be purchased for those wanting to stay on site and make the most of the event. The event is free to attend for children under 13 years old when accompanied by a paying adult.
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