Cotswold Airport Revival Festival
In my last post, I shared my excitement about the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival in June. However, when that is over, I will have another festival to look forward to – the Cotswold Airport Revival Festival! The event on the 29th and 30th September 2018 is back for a second year after its success last year. Once again it will be held at Cotswold Airport, but this year it will be a two-day event.
This year promises to be an unforgettable event with many exciting activities and attractions for all the family including dramatic re-enactments and demonstrations; thrilling vintage air displays; exciting rides and experience flights; hundreds of vintage and military vehicles; full size and miniature steam engines; and plenty of entertainment including period live music. It should be a great day out for all the family as under 12’s go free!
The main features of the Cotswold Airport Revival Festival include:
- 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
2018 is an especially important year for an event such as this. It marks the centenary of the end of WWI and also 100 years of the RAF. These two key anniversaries will be marked at this year’s Cotswold Airport Revival Festival with fundraising initiatives for the Royal British Legion and Flying for Freedom, two charities that support the armed forces and veterans. Cotswold Airport was formerly an RAF maintenance base, and later on was home to the red Arrows, and there remain many links today with its historic roots. The aerodrome celebrates two of its own anniversaries this year as well – 80 years of the aerodrome being situated on the site at Kemble; and 15 years of the current owner, Ronan Harvey, and ex-RAF engineer himself, owning the current airport.
With all these celebrations, and the new partnership of one of the most unique venues in the UK and one of the largest events promoters in the UK, the revival festival this year is set to be one not to miss!
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