Sunderland International Airshow 2017

The 29th Sunderland International Airshow will take place in the sky above England’s north-east coast from 21 to 23 July 2017.

The annual event has been a hit with families, photographers and casual spectators since the inaugural show, back in 1989. Free to visit, the air show now draws around a million people to the Sunderland seafront, over the course of the weekend.

The Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Stars of the Sunderland International Airshow

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are regulars at the Sunderland International Airshow.

The British Army’s Tigers freefall team and RAF Falcons will demonstrate precision parachuting.

A P51 Mustang, Eurofighter Typhoon and Chinook helicopter will be among the aircraft flying.

Two members of the Falcons Parachute Display Team at the Sunderland International Airshow.
Two members of the Falcons Parachute Display Team at the Sunderland International Airshow.

Aeronautic and military equipment will be displayed along the seafront and Seaburn Park.

Live music will be performed in Cliffe Park, during the opening party, on the Friday evening.

Aircraft will be flying 11am until 5pm on Saturday and between noon and 5pm on Sunday.

A Royal Navy Sea King HU5 helicopter performing at Sunderland International Airshow.
A Royal Navy Sea King HU5 helicopter performing at Sunderland International Airshow.

Getting there

Public transport is one of the most effective methods of getting to and from the Sunderland International Airshow. The nearest Tyne and Wear Metro station to the event is Seaburn, roughly a 10- to 15-minute walk from vantage points along the seafront.

Park and ride services are available (return tickets cost £2 per person) during the air show. Buses will run from the Stadium of Light on Friday 21 July. Services will operate from Downhill Sports Complex and Sunderland Civic Centre on 22 and 23 July.

An express bus service will be operating between the Park Lane Interchange, in Sunderland city centre, and Seaburn Park.

A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (aka Kittyhawk) above Seaburn lighthouse.
A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (aka Kittyhawk) above Seaburn lighthouse.

Further information

The 29th Sunderland International Airshow takes place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July 2017. If you fancy the idea of treating yourself to food and drink during aerobatics displays why not treat yourself to a hospitality package.

The Red Arrows website provides information about the Royal Air Force’s aerobatics team and where they can be seen performing.

Sunderland is a candidate to become the UK City of Culture 2021. Find out more about the city’s bid on the Sunderland City of Culture website.

Thinking about combining a trip to the air show with sightseeing? For more about tourist attractions around the city click on the See It Do It Sunderland site.

Illustrating photos are by Stuart Forster.

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Fireworks above Roker Pier during the Sunderland International Airshow.
Fireworks above Roker Pier during the Sunderland International Airshow.

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