Exciting programme of ground events unveiled

A diverse range of stimulating ground events have been announced for the 30th anniversary of the Clacton Airshow.

A Military Village exhibit will be installed with an impressive array of vehicles to explore, provided by the Royal Signals, Royal Logistics Corps and Medical Regiment. Equipment used by the Royal Engineers will also be on display and recruitment teams will be on hand to discuss employment in the Regular Army and Army Reserves.

In addition to the Rolls-Royce Mustang and Spitfire gracing our skies, Rolls-Royce will be providing a fascinating exhibition stand championing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education Outreach Programmes. Visitors will be treated to an inside view of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine through virtual reality technology and learn about developments in sustainable aviation fuel that produces significant CO2 reductions compared with fossil jet fuels.

The Clacton Airshow High Street Trail will be a fun new addition this year, encouraging visitors to explore local shops to find letters hidden in windows dressed for the air show to spell out an appropriately themed word. The trail will be available from Monday, 21 August to Sunday, 3 September and participants can enter a free prize draw to win tickets for a family of four to see Aladdin at the Princes Theatre Clacton, or Christmas Show at the Westcliff Theatre. Maps can be collected from the Visitors Information Centre at Clacton Town Hall, Clacton Library and from outside Clacton train station on the mornings of the air show.

Our official Clacton Airshow programmes, which provide flight times, facts about the aircraft and teams, and everything you could possibly need to know to enjoy the air show, are available on pre-sale for collection at Clacton Town Hall. They will also be available from the Visitors’ Information Centre, Clacton Leisure Centre, Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles, and Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles from Monday, 21 August priced at £5 as well as available from the mobile Ground Crew for the duration of the event. 

Programmes can be purchased at: https://clactonairshow.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/products/regular

The air show will also feature a variety of exhibitors and food concessions ranging from bespoke garden furniture to unique handcrafted gifts, homemade jam and cheeses, and coffee from Combat2Coffee.

Ivan Henderson, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Tourism at Tendring District Council said the ground events offer another impressive dimension to the air show.

“There will be plenty to see and do on the ground at the Clacton Airshow this year besides the marvellous aerial programme,” Cllr Henderson said.

“The new Military Village will be a popular attraction where you can see a collection of vehicles and equipment up close, and talk to members of the armed forces, whilst the Rolls-Royce STEM exhibit offers a fascinating insight into the science behind the jet engine.

“We are also proud to be launching the Clacton Airshow High Street Trail to introduce visitors to some of the brilliant businesses in our town in addition to the many shopping opportunities at the airshow and look forward to seeing the creative shop window displays.”

For updates and more information people should visit www.clactonairshow.com, follow @clactonairshow on Twitter, or go to the Essex Sunshine Coast Facebook Page.