All you need to know to have a successful day at Scotland's National Airshow on Saturday 28 July 2018.
- Air display flight line-up confirmed so far: RAF Red Arrows, RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring the Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, RAF Grob Tutor, Percival Pembroke, OV-10 Bronco, BAC Jet Provost and SB Lim-2 (MiG-15UTI)
- On the ground, there will be a feast of entertainment on the ground too, together with the chance to explore all of the National Museum of Flight’s attractions including its recently redeveloped historic aircraft hangars, the Red Arrows Hawk, Concorde Experience, Fantastic Flight and Fortunes of War.
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- Avoid delays by booking in advance and printing your e-ticket and bringing it with you on Airshow day
- Tickets purchased in person: Simply bring your tickets with you on the day or purchase a ticket at the gate (subject to availability). Tickets will be available for purchase in person at our museum sites until Friday 27 July
- Tickets booked by phone: You will receive your tickets in the post in advance of the Airshow – simply bring them with you on the day. Tickets booked by phone to be posted should be purchased by 17:00 on Friday 20 July. Tickets booked by phone after 20 July must be collected from a National Museums Scotland museum site prior to the Airshow. Please note you cannot collect pre-paid tickets on Airshow day, Saturday 28 July 2018
- Tickets booked online: Print your e-ticket or request that your tickets are posted to your payment address and ensure you bring your tickets with you on Airshow day. Tickets that require posting should be purchased by 17:00 on Friday 20 July. Tickets will be available for purchase online until 15:00 on Friday 27 July, but you will only have the option to print your e-ticket which you must bring with you
- What if I lose my tickets? Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Customers who have lost their tickets will have to purchase replacement tickets
- Do you have to be a family to buy a family ticket? You don't have to be related to gain entry on a Family Ticket - it admits up to 2 adults and 2 children whether you are related or not. A Child ticket is for children between 5-15 years. Children 0-4 years are free. 16+ is considered to be an adult.
- Airshow terms and conditions Full details can be found here.
Gates to the car park open at 08:30 on Saturday 28 July 2018. The showground opens at 10:00 with on the ground activities starting at 10:00. The air displays will start at approximately 12:30 and finish at approximately 16:30. The Airshow closes at 17:00. Access to all of the museum hangars and exhibitions, including Concorde, is included with your admission to the Airshow.
If you have purchased tickets in advance and are coming by car you should have purchased and received a car park pass. Please hang this on your rearview mirror and follow the signs for the red entrances. If you are a blue badge holder please ensure that this is clearly displayed and follow the signs to the parking area for disabled visitors. Please carry your tickets with you as they may be checked when entering the showground.
We have made arrangements to try to minimise the queuing time when approaching the site. Traffic approaching from the Haddington direction with red passes should move to the right-hand lane of the B1347 when you come to the one-way section and follow Red route signs. Traffic approaching from the North Berwick should keep to the left when entering the car park and follow Red route signs.
Those of you that have been to the Airshow in previous years will know how busy it can be. We have altered the entry arrangements in recent years to try to minimise delays. Please help us by having your tickets ready for inspection and by following the instructions from the Event Stewards and Police. The Red Lanes for advance ticket purchasers speed up the traffic flow, we can, however, process all tickets at both entrances. We can accept cash and cards at both entrances, the correct amount is greatly appreciated.
Please bring your programme voucher to the Airshow and after entering you can exchange it for an Airshow programme at a designated booth. The programme can also be purchased from the Information Booth and National Museum of Flight shop.
- Directions: You can find a map and directions to the site here
- Public transport? There is an East Coast Bus, service 777 special service leaves from Edinburgh City Centre at frequent intervals. Find out more here
- Driving? Signs will direct you to the car park. The car park opens at 8:30 and costs £5 per vehicle. Priority parking is available for disabled visitors. If you have purchased your Admission AND Parking ticket in advance, follow the signs for the Red route which will give you faster access to the car park. Please keep your tickets with you at all times for inspection
- Please note parking on roads or unauthorised areas around the perimeter of the Airshow is prohibited. The best and safest place to view the Airshow is within the grounds of the National Museum of Flight.
- Disabled parking: Blue Badges should clearly be displayed in order for personnel to direct you to the forward parking area. Disabled visitors can make use of an enclosure on the crowd line at the Airshow. This is on hard standing but not covered. Carers are welcome to bring seating. A shuttle service will be available to take blue badge holders from the forward parking area into the Airshow ground. There are no cars allowed in the showground.
- Information point: On arrival, there is an information point and programme booth just inside the main entrance on the left hand side (next to the Rotary Clubs Wristband Scheme marquee).
- Airshow programme: You'll find a map and full guide to the show in the official programme, available for £5.
- Airshow sitemap: Located at the site entrance and throughout the site, it displays the attractions and the timings of the displays. The map is also on the rear cover of the programme.
- Worried about becoming separated from your children? On entering the Airshow ground, pop into the Rotary Clubs’ marquee (Rotary Clubs of Dunbar, Tranent, North Berwick, Haddington, Longniddry) and collect free wristbands from them. Complete with your mobile phone number and attach to your child’s wrist. If the child gets separated from the parents, he/she should go to any official who will immediately phone the number on the wristband to bring parents/guardian and child together again.
- Toilets and baby changing: Locations are all highlighted on airshow map but please bring your own supply of nappies, as we do not sell them on site. All disabled toilet changing facilities will have baby changing facilities inside.
- Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Friends and Families
- Separated from your group? It's a good idea to pre-arrange a meeting point at the Show in case you get separated from family and friends - this could be the Information Booth at the main entrance
- Losing someone: If you get lost or lose members of your party, please speak to one of the Emergency Services, Staff or Stewards on site. Helpful things to highlight are what the person was wearing and where they were last seen.
Inside the Airshow
- No Pets: Sorry, no pets. Assistance dogs only
- No Drones: Restrictions of Flying Regulations have been established under Article 89 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 between 1215 hours (local) and 1715 hours (local) on Saturday 28 July 2018. As such no Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems shall be flown at this location without the permission of the East Fortune Air Show flying display director. No laser pens, no kites or any other flying apparatus permitted on site
- Opening times: The Airshow ground is open from 10am-5pm (car parking from 8:30am)
- Photography: You are welcome to take photos and video of the ground action and air display at Scotland's National Airshow and share on Twitter, Flickr and Instagram
- Will there be food on sale? You won't go hungry at the Airshow - the Aviator Café offers freshly prepared meals plus teas, coffees and hot and cold snacks. There are also a variety of food vendors and caterers.
- Can I bring a picnic? Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food to the event but you are not able to bring a BBQ - no naked flames or BBQs are allowed on site or car park.
- Alcoholic beverages: Licensed bar on site.
- Cash facilities: If you run out of money, cash machines are available on site but will incur a charge
- Inclement weather: Remember to bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We recommend bringing your own seating or waterproof rugs to sit on when watching the air display
- Sunny weather: Make sure you are protected from the sun (especially children) It's also a good idea to drink plenty of fluids, even if you're not thirsty.
- Ear protectors: You can purchase ear defenders and earplugs from the museum's shop (advisable for small children)
- Public announcements: Please listen and adhere to any public announcements on the tannoy system these are for your own safety
- Emergencies: Please don’t hesitate to stop one of the Emergency Services or Airshow personnel wearing a high-visibility jacket if you have a question or require assistance
- Adult changing: there will be a temporary private adult changing facility on site in the Pamilooo vehicle
- Security: please be aware you may be subject to searches on entry to the showground.
- What is not permitted on site: full details of what is not permitted on site is detailed in item.15 of our Airshow Terms and Conditions.
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- Wristbands for children: Free wristband scheme to assist parents/guardians becoming separated from their children.
- Red Cross Wheelchair hire: Call the British Red Cross 01506 409 927 or email EastScotland@redcross.org.uk
- Mobility scooters: are permitted inside the Airshow ground
Event programme subject to change. Please note filming and photography will take place at this event.
Header image: Viewing the flying display at Scotland's National Airshow © Ruth Armstrong Photography