How exciting! One of the things I just love about living in Gloucestershire is that there is always SO much happening and SO much to do and see. Never a dull moment in the Shire!
With a vested interest in aviation through being a former trolley dolly and also a life long fan of Top Gun, I was really excited to hear that The Cotswold Airport Revival Festival will be back for a second year in September…”and will be twice as big!”
Originally an informal fundraising event for 500 people, the event ended up as a much, much bigger event with over 10,000 visitors! This year the festival returns by popular demand as Cotswold Airport hosts its second ‘incredible vintage and wartime extravaganza!” in aid of The Royal British Legion and Flying 4 Freedom!
So what can we expect?
- A huge display of vintage, military and emergency services vehicles and planes
- Vintage plane flypasts and fly-in
- A kids’ play zone with giant inflatable slide, toddler play zone, vintage pedal cars
- Winston Churchill speeches throughout the weekend
- A fabulous funfair
- Wartime re-enactments
- Simulator experiences
- Steam traction engines
- Pleasure flights in light aircraft and helicopters
- Model aircraft static display
- Boeing 747 pop-up WWI and RAF100 museum
- Live period music
- Airport fire crew crash demo of a rescue from a burning aircraft
- Incredible rescue demonstration by a lifeboat hovercraft
- Beer tent and food stalls
- Shopping village
And so much more…!
If you haven’t been before then this is definitely the year to go; its significance more poignant as 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 and also 100 years of the RAF. Cotswold Airport also celebrates two of its own anniversaries this year – 80 years of the airport being on the Kemble site and also 15 years of since Ronan Harvey, an ex RAF-engineer himself, took over ownership of the airport.
If all this isn’t already enough of a reason to pop some champagne corks, then with the new partnership of one of the new most unique venues in the UK and one of the largest events promoters in the UK, Live Promotions, this year’s festival is set to be THE place to be this September!
Tom Siddall, Event Director at Live Promotions Events said: “Live are very much looking forward to working with Cotswold Airport to take the revival event to the next level. We have so much planned and are currently busy confirming all of the fabulous entertainment for the many expected visitors to enjoy. The fact that we have so many anniversaries to celebrate at this year’s event including the RAF centenary makes the prospect of organising the show so very exciting.”
Jo Welch, Head of Events & PR at Cotswold Airport said: “The Cotswold Airport Revival Festival is set to become one of the biggest destination events in the area, if not the UK. There is no other event of its kind in the Cotswolds, which is why last year attracted thousands of people for just one day. This year is going to be much bigger and better, and we are especially excited to be putting on air displays for the first time – a nod to our old air shows that used to be here at Kemble and our RAF history. 2018 is a year full of anniversaries, so we have lots to celebrate!”
So what are you waiting for?
Get your tickets here and have a fabulous time!
Chocks away! x
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