Air Waves Portrush

The Red Arrows return over two days of thrilling aerial entertainment and a packed programme of on the ground activities for all ages

Festival Details


Saturday, 03 September 2016 to Sunday, 04 September 2016

The Air Waves Portrush International Airshow is ready for take-off, with the dates for this year’s show announced as 3-4 September and the big news confirmed that the RAF Red Arrows will perform on both days of the weekend.

Now firmly established as Ireland’s biggest free airshow event, Air Waves Portrush will deliver a packed programme of aerial entertainment, as well as a host of land- and water-based activities and events.

Included in the line-up announced so far will be the RAF’s stunning Typhoon jet, the Battle of Britain Memorial flight of the Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire trio, breath-taking aerobatics from the Wildcats display team and the spills and thrills of the colourful Muscle Biplane.

Helicopter fans are in for a treat with an appearance from Vietnam veteran craft Huey and Loach, the first appearance of the Royal Navy Wildcat and Portrush strand’s iconic helicopter Poppy Drop, which will round off the show on Sunday afternoon.

A new addition to this year’s line-up will be the first ever Air Waves Portrush Regatta. Coleraine and Portrush Yacht Clubs will host an evening for visiting sailors on Friday evening, with the inaugural Air Waves Regatta on Saturday morning, ahead of the first air displays.

Air Waves Portrush 2016 looks set to be a fabulous, fun weekend on the sea, on the land and in the sky above Northern Ireland’s tourism jewel, the stunning Causeway Coast and Glens.

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