The annual Bournemouth Air Festival is an event loved by many; masses of people all over the UK travel to Bournemouth to witness and enjoy the festivities. It is estimated that 9.25 million people have attended since 2008, with the events and crowds getting bigger every year! Although it is sure to be a great event, safety is still a factor that will need to be considered. We put together some tips and advice to make sure you have the best possible time at Bournemouth Air Festival 2019!
Prepare for the weather
It’s the summertime in the UK and we would all love to think it’s going to be beautiful sunshine down on the south coast; however this may not be the case. Make sure that you take a look at the weather forecasted on the days you’re planning to attend so you can plan ahead. The essentials will be sun cream, water and a light jacket or jumper. As the British weather is so unpredictable you don’t want to be underprepared which could result in sunburn or a cold!
Look out for the cordoned off zones
There are a multitude of events that happen every day at the air festival, including some stunt performances. This means that parts of the beach will be cordoned off for these events. For your own safety and that of the performers you should never enter these areas. Best practise is to avoid any sections that are barricaded.
Wear the right shoes
The Bournemouth Air Festival takes place between the Bournemouth and Boscombe pier with events, rides and stalls scattered in-between. This stretch of beach is 1.4 miles, which is a lot of walking! If you want to stroll between the two piers be sure to wear suitable, comfortable shoes to avoid hurting your feet!
Take care when with kids
This family friendly festival is great fun for every generation but be aware of the crowds.
With the mass of people that attend every year it can be easy to get separated. LV=Kidzone operates along the seafront, where kids can be taken if they are lost and separated. They even sell wristbands at the Tourist Information Centre to help indentify your child and give you a call if they turn up.
A great tip for older children is to write your phone number and name on their arm or on a piece of paper and leave it with the child, so that if they get lost or can’t find you, someone can give you a call to tell you where they are.
Watch for crime
Unfortunately, like with every big event, crime can be a problem due to the crowds. Make sure to take a bag with internal compartments where you can put valuables such as your phone, keys and wallet.
Leave the drone at home
Drone are banned from the event. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are not allowed at the event as it is illegal to fly the crafts within the restricted airspace. This restricted airspace is establish to protect participating aircrafts and display teams, with the festival staff under strict instructions to cancel the display programmer if drones are flying in the airspace. Leave the drones at home to stop from spoiling the fun for everyone.
Know your beach safety
This festival is directly on the beach so along some safety tips for the festival you’ll need to remember but also some general beach safety tips.
- Swim at a lifeguarded beach; between the two piers there are many lifeguard stations, which can help if you get stuck or are in danger
- Swim between the red and yellow flags; There can be strong currents so best practice is to swim between the flags as they are the designated safe zone as set by the lifeguards
- Don’t use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas; using these can leave you vulnerable to being swept out to seas and placing yourself in danger
- If you are in trouble stay still and raise your arm above your head; lifeguards are trained to recognise people in danger so if you are in trouble someone will come out and help
- Know the important numbers; 999 for emergency services such as Fire Brigade, Police and Ambulance, 112 for the Coast Guard.
We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe time at the air festival!