Days Out & Holidays

Wales Air Show – Watching The RAF Red Arrows!

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd of July 2017 saw the return of the annual Wales Air Show, held in Swansea Bay, Wales.

Shockingly, I’ve never attended the Wales Air Show before, even though it’s right on my doorstep!  However, with 3 year old twins who are thrilled whenever they spot a plane (or rocket!) in the sky, I knew this was the year for us to attend.

Wales Air Show Swansea Bay

Wales Air Show Weekend Line-up

The weekend saw a huge variety of air shows:

  • The Red Arrows
  • Typhoon Eurofighter
  • The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • Tigers Parachute Display Team
  • Gyro Air Displays Team
  • The Bristol Blenheim
  • Chinook
  • Team Raven
  • MiG
  • Pitts Special
  • Strikemaster
  • RAF Tutor
  • Vampire Blue

There was also ground-based entertainment included tanks, military support vehicles, an assault course and marquees with information on careers in the Armed Forces.

Parents are well thought of with baby changing facilities, free Tag Your Tot wristbands, and lost children and information facilities.

There may possibly have been stalls and food options too, though I’m not sure as we didn’t venture into the main display area.

Finding A Less Crowded Viewing Spot

Now, me and Dave aren’t huge fans of crowds, especially as the twins are still runners.  So we decided to avoid the main display area, which saw tens of thousands of people each day, in favour of a far less crowded spot further down the beach.

The spot we picked still had plenty of people enjoying the display, so there was still lots of atmosphere, but we could very clearly see the boys at all times, and no risk at all of losing them.  Much more relaxing!

The RAF Red Arrows

We’ve never been to the Wales Air Show before, so we didn’t know what it would be like there.  As such, we didn’t plan much, other than to head there in time to see the RAF Red Arrows.

I wish we had planned better.  When we got there we could see people camped out for a day at the beach.  Blankets, wind-breaks, picnics, beer, buckets and spades.  Damn.  We’d only come with bottles of water for the boys and nothing else.

It was a glorious day, and people were making the most of it.  Next year we will most definitely be making a day of it too.

We Didn’t Miss Out At All

Despite heading away from the crowds (but still within walking distance of all the ground attractions, had we chosen to go there), we were no less entertained by the display of the RAF Red Arrows.

If you feel so inclined, here is the whole of the Red Arrows display from my YouTube channel.  The sound isn’t the best on it, due to the fact that it was quite windy on the beach, and The Red Arrows were loud as hell!

But my goodness, they were amazing!  I loved them! The boys, entertained for about one minute by The Red Arrows, were more interested in playing in the sand. Haha!

A Brilliant Family Day Out

There’s no doubt at all that we will be going to the Wales Air Show again next year, and we’ll be more prepared for a great family day out.

If you’ve ever thought of heading to Wales for a holiday, then this is the weekend to have it.  Great, family friendly, FREE entertainment.

You can keep up to date with the Wales Air Show for next year (when it’s updated) on their website,


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