Soaring expectations for Sidmouth air extravaganza – as generous donation lands fifth display team

Excitement is soaring over an air extravaganza in Sidmouth later this summer – after it was revealed five different display teams will be flying over the town.

Hopes are sky-high for the event and huge crowds are expected to descend on The Esplanade on Friday, August 23.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Strikemaster Jets Pair and RAF Chinook will all be taking part.

A generous donation has meant the Twirlybatics Team – in their popular Pitts Special biplane – have been announced as a late addition to the line-up.

The display is set to start at 6pm and will promise more than an hour of aerial action.

The Red Arrows have graced Sidmouth’s skies for an annual extravaganza in recent years, but will be touring the USA this time around.

Sidmouth Town Council has organised the event to give residents and visitors an extra highlight over the Regatta Weekend.

“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,” said a Sidmouth Town Council spokesperson.

“To support the event, official collectors are being recruited to assist in gathering donations from the public across the seafront and Connaught Gardens through collection buckets.”

Collectors are needed from 4pm to 7.30pm.

Anyone willing to help can contact Sidmouth Town Council on 01395 512424 or email at

See and the Visit Sidmouth Facebook page for up-to-the-minute details, timings and other announcements on the event.

Exact timings of the Sidmouth air display are yet to be confirmed.  Aircraft attendance is subject to weather and appropriate licence approvals.

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