One of the best things about summer in Torquay is that it’s air show season, and that means everyone who’s anyone makes their way to Paignton Green on the Friday evening to watch the weekend’s fun and frolics get started with a dazzling display of fly bys, stunts and “how did they do that?” moments. And that’s just the beginning.
There are always all kinds of rumours about what to expect at the annual air show months before it actually wows the crowds, but the official programme includes everyone’s favourites – The Red Arrows (please see above for a picture I proudly snapped of them a few summers ago), the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, a King Air B200 and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which will feature the Hawker Hurricane, a Spitfire and the Avro Lancaster.
As well as the nostalgic old favourites, the Friday night show’s also going to feature something new thanks to the AeroSPARX team. These new faces on the air show scene have special clearance to fly after dark and light up the skies above the bay with pyrotechnics…and I have it on very good authority that the sight’s going to be something that’ll have our jaws on the floor.
The show isn’t all about the action up above though, the crowds will have the chance to cheer on Britain’s armed forces past and present with the Armed Forces Parade, which will start from Paignton harbour at 11.30am on Saturday 11 June. Led by the Exeter Pipe and Drum Band, the parade will make its way past Paignton Pier, and it’s always one of the weekend’s highlights.
To be honest, no matter which time of day you visit throughout the air show weekend, you’ll find Paignton Green alive with live music, family entertainment, food stalls and interactive exhibits, so expect plenty to see and do if you’re in the bay. The shows are free, and there’s always plenty of room on the green to sit back and watch the action, but as I like to stand by the sea wall and watch I tend to arrive early and pick a spot before the crowds. See you there?
The Torbay Air Show will take place on 10, 11 and 12 June 2016.