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Sidmouth Air Display - all you need to know

The event starts on Friday

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the town on Friday (23rd August), to watch the daring acrobatics of plans over the English Channel.

Although the Red Arrows will not be performing this year, weather permitting, the flying program include the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, the Twirlybatics Pitts Special biplane aerobatic display, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, the Strikemaster Jet Display Team and the RAF Chinook Display Team.

Sidmouth town council and Devon County Council have put together a traffic management plan to allow thousands of people to visit Sidmouth for the Air Display and to help traffic flow and public safety.

The plan includes additional car parking being provided, the closure of the Esplanade to traffic, and a parking ban on two of the major roads in-and-out of Sidmouth between 2pm and 9pm.

And motorists are being warned that civil enforcement officers will be on duty and vehicles will be towed away if people ignore the parking restrictions.

Town clerk Christopher Holland said: “”To cope with the expected crowds, organisers are once again providing additional car parking and have enabled a number of traffic measures approved with Devon County Highways to help with both traffic flow and public safety.”

Here is everything you need to know about the Sidmouth Air Display 2019.

What is the programme for the Sidmouth Air Display?

The flying program runs as follows:

6.00pm – RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team
6.20pm – Twirlybatics Pitts Special biplane aerobatic display
6.35pm – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire
6.50pm – Strikemaster Jet Display Team
7.05pm – RAF Chinook Display Team

(Aircraft attendance and timings are subject to weather and other factors beyond the organisers’ controls.)

Why are the Red Arrows not flying?

For the last few years, the Red Arrows have performed their air extravaganza as an annual event for attendees to the town ahead of the Regatta Weekend.

However, with them touring the USA this summer, they are not available to act as the prelude to the Regatta this year.

How is the event funded?

To enable the event to continue with the participation of teams including the Red Arrows in 2020, the event relies on generous donations and sponsorship, and collections on the day from the viewing locations are key to this.

As has been the case in previous years, Official Collectors are being recruited to assist in gathering donations from the public across the seafront and Connaught Gardens through collection buckets.

If you are able to offer your help, please register by contacting Sidmouth Town Council on: Tel: 01395 512424 or email at enquiries@sidmouth.gov.uk

Collectors are needed from 4pm until 7.30pm.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the East Devon District Council Car Parks at Manor Road, Ham East, Ham West, Roxburgh Car Park, Mill Street Car Park and Manor Pavilion.

Additional parking will also be available at the Sidmouth Rugby Club, Sidmouth Cricket Club, Cotmaton Road National Trust Field and the former East Devon District Council offices at The Knowle.

What does the traffic management plan for the event include?

More than 35,000 people have flocked to the town in recent years to watch the daring acrobatics over the English Channel and the influx of visitors has in previous years seen gridlock in the town as scores of drivers try and leave Sidmouth.

Additional car parking has once again been provided and a number of traffic measures have been approved with Devon County Highways to help with both traffic flow and public safety.

Temporary traffic restrictions that are imposed for the event involve:

The seafront, for its entire length from the Port Royal to the junction with Manor Road, will be closed for all traffic

A clearway from Exeter Cross down Temple Street to the junction with All Saints Road, with no parking between 2pm and 9pm

A clearway all along All Saints Road and up Station Road until Icehouse Lane, with mo Parking between 2pm and 9pm.

No Parking on Manor Road from the junction with Peak Hill Road 2pm until 9pm

No Parking on Station Road from All Saints Roundabout to the Triangle 2pm until 9pm

Information on the Sidmouth town council website warns: “Civil enforcement officers will be on duty and a tow away policy will be in place.”

What about the sea?

On safety grounds and on the Flying Display Director’s instruction, a temporary Air Display Water Safety Zone (ADWSZ) will be in force (and being patrolled) on the water offshore of Sidmouth Beach.

No vessels will be permitted in this area between 5.30pm and the end of the display

The ADWSZ will be marked by coloured buoys, and patrolled by the Sidmouth Lifeboat, reserve Lifeboat, and Jet Ski.

Mr Holland said: “A failure to comply with this restriction could result in the air display being delayed, curtailed or even cancelled. We therefore encourage spectators to watch the display from one of the many vantage points on shore.

“May we also take this opportunity to remind the public, particularly those with small children and/or pets to be aware of loud jet noise during the display, and to ensure that adequate ear protection is worn where appropriate. As always, please remember to wear sun cream and to stay hydrated.”

What else is planned for Sidmouth Regatta weekend?

The Regatta weekend takes place on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.

SATURDAY

10.30am – Sailing Race

1pm – Three legged race (Age 18 plus around six pubs)

2.30pm – Sailing races

5pm – Swimming races

6pm – Raft race fancy dress judging

6.30pm – Raft race

7.45pm – Live band at the Port Royal

9.30pm – Grand Firework display

 

SUNDAY

10am – Sailing Races

10.30am – Children’s drawing competition on the Esplanade

11am – Children’s fancy dress at the Port Royal

11.30am – Family treasure hunt, starting from the Port Royal

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