Midlands Air Festival moves to new venue

NUNEATON | The Midlands Air Festival will return for a second year, this time being staged at Arbury Hall near Nuneaton, it was announced today.

The organisers were forced to make the move because Ragley Hall, who hosted the last show, were unable to offer any dates that did not already clash with other airshows. The organisers assured disappointed fans on Facebook that Arbury Hall would “another magnificent venue to hold a whole host of aviation”.

“As soon as you see Arbury, you will fall in love as well,” they said. “We did!”

The 18th-century Grade-I listed building is set upon 300 acres of private parkland.

The Midlands Air Festival made its debut last May, with a three-day show at Ragley Hall near Alcester. The first day featured a hot air balloon night glow and evening air display, with the second two days seeing mass hot air balloon launches and a full four-hour aerial display in the afternoon.

Lighter aircraft, such as those of the Stampe Display Team and Terry Martin’s Westland Wasp, operated from the grounds of the estate. Others, such as the Bristol Blenheim, P-47D Thunderbolt and Strikemaster Mk.82 flew in from airports including Coventry and Duxford.

This year’s show will be held on the 17th-19th May. It will feature over 100 hot air balloons (including 40 special shapes) and more than 30 participating aircraft. The Friday evening ‘Nightfire’ display will also return.

Tickets will go on sale in mid-February.