Plan Your Visit to the 2017 Air Tattoo!
Published: 13 Jul 2017
Planning Your Air Tattoo Visit!
We had a busy day of arrivals here at RAF Fairford yesterday, and today looks equally as full! You still have time to order tickets for Friday and Sunday, but you'd better be quick! Book
We are looking forward to welcoming you and want you to have a great time and make the most of your visit. Here's what you need to know!
Please remember to bring your e-tickets with you, either printed off or on your mobile device (please turn up the brightness to full).
If you don't have a child ticket/enough child tickets, do not worry, every under 16 without an e-ticket will have a barcode scanned upon entry.
Travel & Car Parking
If travelling by car, please stick to the coloured routes and follow the AA signs - not your SatNav, see
Car Parks open at 6am, please do not arrive before this time, the show opens at 7.30am.
You will be directed to a car park on the coloured route you travelled to the show on. Take note of the colour of the car park and the nearest flag number so you can get back there afterwards!
Please note that we do not issue car park passes, we just ask for an indication of the number of cars you will be bringing to aid our traffic management.
Airshows can be noisy so please ensure you protect your ears. Bring ear defenders with you or you can purchase them at the show.
Responding to recent events, our security measures have been reviewed by both the civilian and military police. Additional security measures will be in place this year. Please allow a little extra time to get through security and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Showground Bus Service
Make use of our FREE showground bus service, transporting you around various points of our 2 mile long showground.
Flying Display Times
The flying display starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm on Friday, and starts at 10am and finishes at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. View the participants list HERE
Key Timings - App & Map
You can find the key timings via the official Air Tattoo app. Download our FREE mobile app, available for iOS and Android, to stay up to date with all the latest during the show - please ensure you allow notifications. Download Android HERE
or iOS HERE
Pick up a free showground map
when you arrive as this also contains the timings.
Please be aware that the grass length on the showground may be longer than experienced in previous years (at least 7 inches). This is due to the need to improve the effectiveness of our bird deterrence and in-turn reduce the chances of bird-strikes. Please take extra care on the grass.
What should I bring?
Be prepared for changing weather; ensure you bring sun cream, hats, comfortable shoes and waterproofs to cover all eventualities!
You can use our FREE Drop Zone to leave picnics, chairs or bulky items whilst you wander around.
Food and Drink
Stay hydrated - especially if the weather is warm. Bring water with you or purchase them from the vendors. We also provide water bowsers around the showground to give you access to drinking water.
Air Tattoo Crew
Ask our highly visible and friendly Air Tattoo CREW any questions you may have about the show.
Our pre-sale Souvenir Programme can still be purchased in advance for £10 (£12 on the day) to be collected at the show. Available HERE
Pay Per View - Live Stream
If you can't make the show you can view the flying display via a live stream for a fee