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AIRSHOW 2017: A Handy Guide & Tips!

20 July 2017 Community Community News Culture and Entertainment Sunderland What's On


The Sunderland International Airshow is back for 2017 with three days of fun down at the seafront in Roker and Seaburn from Friday 21st July to Sunday 23rd July! We’ve got a handy guide for you now about how to get you there, what’s happening and what’s too see! 

Launch Event (Friday)

  • The Airshow launch takes place on the Friday night from 4pm.
    • From 4pm, a host of musical performances take to the stage including African performance group the Lions of Zululand, Hetton based folkrock, roots and colliery brass band ‘Dennis’, before some of Europe’s finest tribute acts provide a nineties music themed climax to the show.
    • The ninety minute ‘City Life’ programme celebrates the 25th anniversary of Sunderland being granted city status, with tributes to the Spice Girls, Steps and the Britpop era of Oasis, Pulp and Blur.
  • There’s also a full flying display on the Friday night including The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Firefiles, RAF Typhoon Display Team, Gerald Cooper Xtreme and of course, The Red Arrows!

Flying Displays 

  • Of course it’s the airshow  so there’s loads of displays to watch! Saturday flying times are 11am – 5pm and on Sunday flying times are 12noon – 5pm.
  • Aircraft taking to skies on both day include:
    • The RAF Falcons & RAF Tutor display team
    • The RAF Typhoon Display Team & Gerald Cooper Xtreme
    • AV10 Bronco & The Blades
    • British Army Tigers Freefall Team & P51 Mustag
    • The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and The Red Arrows!

What else is there to do? 

  • There’s loads happening across the weekend other than what’s in the skies
    • Cliffe Park plays host to different performers and entertainers across the weekend.
    • There’s a number of stalls around the site featuring from some of the display teams, local charities and local businesses.
    • There’s also food and drink vendors across the Recreation Park, Cliffe Park and Roker Park.
    • Around the seafront there’s various fun actives across the Airshow site.
    • And, the businesses and restaurants, cafe’s etc. across the seafront remain open aswell!

How to get there – By Car 

  • Parking at the Seafront
    • If you’re parking at the Airshow you must pre-book it by calling 0191 561 8438 – Parking costs  £15.75 per day.
    • Disabled parking for blue badge holders is available on-site at the rear of Morrison’s. Please follow the signs from all the main routes.
    • Blue badge holders may also park in the designated areas at the park and ride sites, and in the limited disabled parking spaces on Seaburn Showfield.
  • Park and Ride services
    • For Friday:
      • Park at the Stadium of Light and catch the PR3 to the Bungalow Cafe.
      • Buses start at 2pm and run every 20 minutes until 4pm, then every 10 minutes throughout the evening with the last bus leaving the Bungalow Cafe at 11pm.
    • For Saturday & Sunday, three sites are operating:
      • Park at Downhill Sports Complex (PR1 – Downhill Sports Complex Kingsway North, SR5 4BB),
      • Park at Fulwell Quarry (PR2 – near Millers Inn, SR5 1JT)
      • Park at the Stadium of Light (PR3 –  Stadium of Light, SR5 1 SU)
      • Park at Sunderland Civic Centre (PR4 – Sunderland Civic Centre, SR2 7DN)
      • Buses run every few minutes from each site, starting at 8.45am to Recreation Park at Seaburn and will run until 8pm on Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday. PR4 buses start from 9:30am on both days.

How to get there – By Public Transport

  • If you’re travelling on the Metro
    • Seaburn Metro Station is the closest to the main Airshow site.
    • Trains operate from South Hylton & Sunderland City Centre to Seaburn to the South and also from Airport, Newcastle & Heworth to Seaburn
    • Daytime service is every 12 minutes on Friday and Saturday & every 15 minutes on Sunday.
    • There is extra services running on Saturday and Sunday but Nexus have said trains will still be very busy.
    • Passengers are advised to leave extra time for their journey.
  • If you’re travelling by Stagecoach bus
    • Services  E1, E2, E6, 23 all stop in close proximity to the Airshow site on both days.
    • E1, E2, E6 are extended to operate every 20 minutes during the daytime on Sunday.
    • On Saturday, services
  • If you’re travelling on the bus or train
    • If you can make your way to Sunderland City Centre – Go North East are operating express service A1 from Park Lane Interchange and Fawcett Street to Seaburn Park.
    • Buses are running up to every 10 minutes from 9.35am and limited stop to Seaburn Park on Saturday and Sunday.
    • Buses return from Seaburn Park up to every 10 minutes from 12.30pm over the weekend until 6pm.
    • The A1 route also runs every 15 minutes on Friday 21 July from 5.30pm to Seaburn Park and every 15 minutes from 7.45pm until 10.30pm on Friday evening back to Park Lane.

Road Closures & Diversion 

  • Whitburn Road and surrounding side streets will be closed from Morrison’s Roundabout to Bungalow Cafe on Friday from 2pm to 11pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm – times are subject to change.
  • Bus services in the area are also diverted during this time, Stagecoach in Sunderland have said it’s services will not be able to serve most of Roker Avenue or Harbour View, Roker Terrace, Park Parade and Whitburn Road but diverted services will observe all stops along the line of their diversionary routes.

Top Tips for Airshow

  1. Bring an umbrella or a waterproof coat!
  2. Visit all the stalls and get some freebies!
  3. Arrive early and avoid the ques
  4. And, make sure you speak to the Spark team and become “Framous”


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