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English Riviera Airshow

What to expect from the English Riviera Airshow

The English Riviera Airshow, held in Paignton, Devon, is a spectacular event. The weekend event features breathtaking air displays over the stunning natural amphitheatre of South Devon's beautiful bay.

The airshow will deliver an action-packed flying programme on both Saturday and Sunday, with a selection of cutting edge and beautiful vintage aircraft taking to the skies. Highlights over the weekend include The Red Arrows, The Blades, Vortex, Chinook, Yakolevs, Tigers and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire). For the full programme and timings, visit the airshow website or purchase a souvenir programme. The Event Village will feature air display team stands where visitors can meet the pilots, and local and national traders offering everything from artwork and books to toys and furniture, family activities, a fairground, food stalls and bars.

The English Riviera Airshow is potentially the most impressive in the UK, with the backdrop of some of Devon's best beaches and accessibility to world-class food and activities within walking distance. The Airshow attracts almost 200,000 people to The English Riviera.

Events are centred around Paignton Green, with free entertainment for all the family, including exhibition stands, bars, food stalls, display teams, inflatable slides, bouncy castles and fairground rides. English Riviera Airshow visitors can also indulge in a range of retail therapy, including gifts, toys and festival essentials. Of course, it’s up in the sky where the breath-taking aerial action takes place, with a packed two-day programme of stunts, displays and flypasts.

It’s always an honour to witness iconic aircraft of yesteryear and the 2023 English Riviera Airshow will welcome the greatest aviation icons of the 20th century.

All air displays are subject to change depending on weather conditions and operational commitments which could take the military displays elsewhere at short notice.

When is the English Riviera Airshow?

The English Riviera Airshow will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2023.

How to get to the English Riviera Airshow

Getting to the English Riviera Airshow is easy with Great Western Railway. Torquay and Paignton are the main train stations that serve the area. Paignton is just a 6-minute walk to the event and provides wonderful views of the bay.

How busy will it be getting to the English Riviera Airshow?

Peak times are expected to be between 10:00 and 13:00.

Customers should allow plenty of time as a queuing system may be in place at Newton Abbot station.

How do I get home from the English Riviera Airshow?

Peak times are expected to be between 17:00 and 20:00.

Customers should allow plenty of time as a queuing system will be in place at Paignton station.

Things to see and do in Torbay

As well as the English Riviera Airshow, there are lots of things to see and do in the area. Why not make the most of your trip and explore the seaside towns of Torquay and Paignton? Stroll along the coastal paths and palm-lined promenades, or visit the local attractions, theatres and historic landmarks.

If you want to stay overnight and enjoy the whole weekend, you’ll find lots of comfortable accommodation options in the area.