ORGANISERS of Bournemouth Air Festival’s have confirmed the schedule for their first virtual event in a week’s time.

Broadcasting over three days on the Air Festival’s social media accounts, the event intends to celebrate the usual festival fun as well as feature pilots, armed forces and entertainment from years gone by.

A number of local businesses are supporting the event, including Live +TV, who have provided the technology and fantastic interactive background screens.

Supporting the festival, Richard Marshall, Managing Director Live +TV said: “It’s a great opportunity to diversify from what would have been our normal business this time of year of conferences and exhibitions.

“The air festival is a highlight for Bournemouth and it’s great to be involved and play an integral part in delivering the first virtual version.”

Other local businesses to support the event are The Oceana Group, Hotel Miramar, CityFibre, Safe and Secure Compliance Ltd, Vizulink Ltd, Daily Echo and Wave105. Each contributing to either advertising, support for the delivery of the virtual event or prizes.

‘Fancy Dress Friday’ fans are encouraged to get involved and send in photos of themselves, via social media, dressed as pilots, members of the armed forces or tanks.

Other highlights for Friday include The Royal Navy Hour, Night Air with an interview with Peter Wells, the first pilot to display with pyrotechnics at Bournemouth in 2012, at 6pm, and an acoustic set from Roy Stride, lead singer of Scouting for Girls.

On Saturday, people can tune in to watch the RAF hour from 2pm to 3pm, which includes the Typhoon team, followed by exclusive footage and interviews with members of the Red Arrows team. Whilst, on Sunday, there will be daredevil interviews with The Matadors and Super Pitts pilot Rich Goodwin, as well as a vintage hour from 1pm to 2pm.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director said: “It’s been a great challenge and we hope people enjoy the virtual line up we have put together – watch it live, watch it back, it’s virtual and can be enjoyed at any time.

“Do remember its virtual so there is no actual displays flying over Bournemouth.”

The Air Festival, which welcomed approximately 812,000 visitors last year, is estimated to bring more than £25million to the local economy and is due to return on Thursday September 2 to Sunday September 5, 2021.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feature themed hours, which can be watched live on social platforms, via the website, Facebook and Instagram or at a later date on the LoveBournemouth YouTube Channel.

Cllr Vikki Slade Leader of BCP Council added: “It’s great to see local businesses supporting this event.

“We will be celebrating the positive impact of the Festival on the local tourism economy and giving some hints of our plans for the Festival to showcase all that is great about our local area of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole for both residents and visitors.”

Broadcasting online and via social media platforms, the virtual air festival 2020 will be live Friday August 21, Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23.

For a full breakdown of listings and timings, visit the Bournemouth Air Festival website.