It’s all change for Eastbourne’s Airbourne fireworks display

Airbourne fireworks - photo by Graham Huntley SUS-150715-130934001
Airbourne fireworks - photo by Graham Huntley SUS-150715-130934001

Airbourne will bring its Super Saturday to a close with an explosive firework show next month.

Airbourne returns from August 13-16 with four days of flying, ground displays, children’s entertainment, helicopter pleasure flights and live music every day.

The Vulcan. Photo by Eric Coeckelberghs, courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust SUS-150715-131231001

The Vulcan. Photo by Eric Coeckelberghs, courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust SUS-150715-131231001

The traditional end of show fireworks take up a new Saturday night slot on August 15, bringing a spectacular climax to a 12-hour extravaganza of flying, twilight pyro-aerobatics and music on the beach, headlined by chart topping band Scouting for Girls.

The four-day flying programme at the free show will see a packed day of action over Eastbourne’s skies on the Saturday, as fans bid a final farewell to the only flying Vulcan bomber, before it retires at the end of this season.

As well as waving goodbye to a much loved favourite, fans can enjoy Eastbourne’s first ever glimpse of the world’s only working Blenheim bomber, along with Airbourne’s first MiG-15 and displays by the Typhoon, Chinook and RAF Red Arrows.

In the evening, brand new aerobatic team Aerosparks will be lighting up the skies after sunset, in a stunning display of synchronised wingtip pyrotechnics from the dazzling flying duo.

With one of our most spectacular flying and musical line-ups in the show’s history we’re expecting a thrilling four days

Councillor Margaret Bannister

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “The new Saturday night slot will be great for families looking to stay into the evening, and with one of our most spectacular flying and musical line-ups in the show’s 23 year history, we’re expecting a thrilling four days.”

Local company Ansvar Insurance has stepped in for a second year running to bring fireworks to the show in partnership with pyrotechnic experts Frontier Fireworks.

Especially chosen by the Red Arrows for their own 50th anniversary celebrations at RAF Scampton last year, Frontier Fireworks and sponsor Ansvar are promising an explosive choreographed show.

Jane Williams, marketing manager at Ansvar Insurance said, “The firework display last year was spectacular and such a great way to celebrate Airbourne. We’re delighted to be sponsoring the event once again and look forward to a fantastic evening on the 15th August.”

Kicking off the fun-packed celebrations on the Airbourne Live beach stage sponsored by TJ’s Nightclub, Tom, Nicola and Jack from Heart Breakfast will host an evening of live music launching the firework countdown at 10pm.

Although entry is free, numbers are limited, so music fans are advised to arrive early.

The popular beach stage will be offering a wide range of music and entertainment throughout the four days with performances from the likes of Hot Detroit, Decadence Sleaze, Dorey the Wise, Unihorn, The Do Theys, Beth Ellwood, Matt Ginno and the Street Styles 4 All Demo Squad.

Brighton band Half Crown also take to the stage, having just performed alongside the likes of Basement Jaxx at Brownstock. De’Vide from BBC1’s The Voice, make a popular return to Airbourne, and Scouting for Girls take up the headline slot on Saturday at 9.15pm.

Airbourne entry is free, with flying displays part funded by public donations each year, including generous support from Sussex residents David Dickens and Brian Bunce.

This year collections will be organised by the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, with 30 per cent of the proceeds passed onto local charities Kent, Sussex & Surrey Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled and Friends of Eastbourne Hospital.

Lottery tickets costing just £1 are also available at the Tourist Information Centre and Seafront Office for the chance to win hospitality and a flight with The Blades, with all proceeds supporting future flying displays at the show.

To donate online or for exclusive seating, airshow hospitality or more information visit

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