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On the ground

The Air Show provides a unique visitor experience - with plenty of activity on the ground, you can keep the family entertained all day.

You will find attractions such as bungee trampolines, replica aircraft, mini tanks and the Armed Forces military village.

Marine Drive

Along the Marine Drive you find a whole range of stalls, producers and exhibitors selling anything from military memorabilia and artwork to sweets and toys.  New for this year we also have a craft marquee so why not have a browse and you may find something to take home to remind you of your visit.

Beach Attractions

A range of attractions can be found on the beach including mini tanks, bungee trampolines, land zorbs, bumper cars, simulators and a paintball range.

The 69th Field Artillery Guns will be located on the crowd line and you can go over and get close to the guns.

The displays are carried out using original field equipment and all commands are given exactly as would have been done by gun crews during the war, they also have all the field plotting and calculating equipment.

The group members try to portray different aspects of the wartime experience, from the uniform an ordinary solider wore, to their equipment and the food they ate using their WW2 Field Kitchen. They will also be displaying some of the vehicles that would have been used.

THESE DISPLAYS ARE VERY IMPRESSIVE, NOT TO MENTION LOUD!!!

Military Village

If you are considering a career in the Armed Forces or you are interested in what they do then head over to the Military Village located at the centre of the event. You will find members of the forces displaying various equipment and weapons they use and they will be offering advice on careers.

The local Air Cadets will be at the show and as well as volunteering they are promoting and encouraging young people with an interest in aviation to join up, and with what’s on offer, you won’t need much persuading! Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun, you will see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements and earning BTECs and DoE Awards.

If you are already a member of the Air Cadets or are keen to take on a career in aviation and the RAF, the University Air Squadron are also located in the Military Village and are happy to answer any of your questions.

Adjacent to the Military Village you will find a regular to the event, the Lytham St Annes replica Spitfire – ‘Lucy’.  The team of volunteers portray life in the Royal Air Force for both Aircrew and Groundcrew during those desperate days of World War Two.  The knowledgeable enthusiasts have lovingly restored “Lucy”, the Spitfire Mark IX replica, to a very high level of detail. “Lucy” alongside the volunteers, now plays a leading role in educating the Public on the realities of fighting on the ground and in the air during WW2.  So why not pop along and have your photo taken with her. 

In this area you will also see The Veterans Living History Museum who have an airsoft range which uses weapons based on the British special forces.  They will also bring their Op Banham project which is based on one of the last dispatch riders in the UK.  The VHLM will be riding from Blackburn to Normandy, then on to Berlin through France Holland and Belgium, this will be done riding an original 1944 BSA WDM20 dispatch motorcycle.  You can see more details here Op Banham - My Blog (vlhm.co.uk)

Once you have worked up an appetite grab something to eat and drink at the food outlets serving a variety of dishes from traditional fish and chips, burgers, hog roast and sandwiches.

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