It remains one of the most popular family events of the summer.
The countdown is now on to one of Europe’s biggest and best air shows. Last year, the Bray Air Display attracted a very impressive 140,000 people to the Wicklow coastal town for one of the country’s most popular (and free) family summer events.
This year’s aerobatic extravaganza, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority, will take place across the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July against the stunning backdrop of Bray head.
With just over a week to go until the event, the full line-up of Irish and international display teams has been revealed, and it includes some of the most skilled aerobatic performers from across the world. Incorporating 40 aircraft and 12 jets the award-winning display is a must-attend for any family this summer.
Sé Pardy, the display’s director, says all they need now is some blue skies:
“The countdown is definitely on, it’s all systems go as we work to get everything in place for what will be the family event of the summer. We have a wonderful line up of some of the most talented aerobatic display teams from across the world, flying vintage and modern day aircraft. All we need now is the sun to shine!”
As well as the incredible display in the skies over Bray there will be a food and craft village featuring artisan food and specialist craft stalls as well as musical entertainment, and a family fun fair. If you’re feeling super adventurous you can even take to the skies yourself and experience the thrill and exhilaration of a helicopter pleasure flight.
In Limerick, the Foynes Air Show which will also take place on Saturday 22nd July. Eamonn Brennan, the CEO of the Irish Aviation Authority says it’s going to be a great weekend for the aviation industry:
“Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country and this year under the IAA’s ‘Aviation Ireland’ campaign we are supporting not just one but two spectacular air shows over the same weekend at Foynes and at Bray, making this year an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. We see this as a great avenue to raise the profile of aviation and to generate an interest in our industry.”
In conjunction with the other events taking place, Dublin’s Weston Airport in Lucan will also be hosting a family fun weekend, with a number of vintage planes on display.
With huge numbers of spectators expected to make their way to the seaside town again this year, attendees are being advised to use public transport for a stress-free journey, allow extra time for the trip to Bray and arrive early to fully enjoy the event.