Weston-super-Mare Air Show 2018 – what to see at the Armed Forces village

PUBLISHED: 17:32 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:36 20 June 2018

Cadets at the armed forces festival last year.

Cadets at the armed forces festival last year.


For many people Weston-super-Mare Air Show 2018 brings to mind images of the Red Arrows and other iconic aircraft whizzing through the air.

But this year the Armed Forces village will have plenty to see to keep visitors entertained on the ground.

Here is a round-up of some of the must-see attractions which will be taking place on the Beach Lawns on Saturday and Sunday.

A tug of war contest will be held on Saturday.A tug of war contest will be held on Saturday.

Inter-service cadet tug of war competition

Kicking things off at 10.45am on Saturday, this tough competition will see young recruits going head to head in a battle of strength and determination.

The top two teams will go on to compete in the final at 3.20pm on the same day.

The parade will set off from the Grand Pier.The parade will set off from the Grand Pier.

Formal opening and flag raising ceremony

Weston Air Festival 2018 will officially get underway with the traditional raising of the flag at 12.15pm.

It will follow a parade led by the HM Royal Marines Plymouth band which will march from the Grand Pier into the arena on the Beach Lawns at noon.

MORE: Full timetable of air show events

Royal Marines unarmed combat display

Always one to attract a large crowd, this popular event will see marines showcasing their most impressive combat skills.

Although it is all done for display, visitors are sure to get a sense of the hours of training and dedication combatants put in to honing their skills in weapon disarming and mixed martial arts. There will be multiple opportunities to see the display – at 1.15pm and 4.20pm on Saturday, and noon and 1.45pm on Sunday.

World War One centenary – stories of six local people who served in the war

To mark the 100th anniversary since the end of World War One the festival will provide a chance to hear some of the amazing stories of people who experienced it first hand.

The audience is sure to be inspired by the incredible tales of bravery and sacrifice shown by everyone involved, with talks taking place at 2.20pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.

MORE: Which air displays should you look out for?

Weston sea cadets on the march.Weston sea cadets on the march.

Weston Sea Cadets cutlass display

One of the events only taking place on Sunday will be the impressive show of cutlass skills by members of the Weston Sea Cadets.

Performers will use the sharp blades to present a well-rehearsed and precise routine.

The weekend will close with a performance of the national anthem.The weekend will close with a performance of the national anthem.

Only Remembered sung by six servicemen and choir

A choral rendition of the War Horse classic will close the weekend at 4.10pm on Sunday.

This will be followed by an evening hymn and a lone piper before guests are invited to join in with the national anthem.

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