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The Air Tattoo is a very large event, set on an airfield around 2 miles in length. We have tried to minimise the need to walk long distances through the use of our free showground shuttle bus and mobility scooter hire, but please be aware that the event may not be suitable for everybody, especially those with restricted mobility.

What we offer:

  • Admission tickets (free ticket for PA/Carer with a paying adult - conditions apply)
  • Disabled Enclosure 
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair/electric scooter hire

To book admission tickets, places in the Disabled Enclosure and to order your RIAT Disabled Parking Permit please call our Customer Services Department on 01285 713 456 (Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm).

You will be asked to provide:

  • Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate) or Attendance Allowance award letter (dated within the last 12 months) 
  • Personal Independence Payment (middle or higher rate) letter (dated within the last 12 months)
  • A current and valid Blue Badge
  • Medical professional's letter (dated within the last 12 months) confirming the need for a full-time carer. This does not need to be a letter of diagnosis
  • D/deaf or blind registration
  • The Access card or equivalent

There is a large amount of hardstanding along the Showground where the static aircraft are parked however there is also a grassed area from the hardstanding to the crowdline which can be uneven in places and not always practical for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Personal Assistant/Carer Ticket

All disabled visitors attending the Air Tattoo on a paid for adult admission ticket on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July are entitled to bring one PA/Carer free of charge, providing the disabled person is in receipt of the middle or higher (enhanced) rate of DLA/PIP. The PA/Carer concessionary ticket must be requested when placing your order.

A child (or children) with a disability must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please note there are no PA/Carer concessions available for Park & View or for any of the public enclosures on the showground.

Disabled Enclosure

Saturday and Sunday now fully booked

The Disabled Enclosure is located on the crowdline in the Blue Zone, next to the FRIAT Enclosure and is approximately;

  • 30 minutes by foot from the Yellow Customer Entry Point
  • 20 minutes by foot from the Red Customer Entry Point
  • 5 minutes from the Blue Customer Entry Point
  • 10 minutes from the Green Customer Entry Point.

The Customer Entry Point is where tickets are checked and access is gained to the showground from the car parks.

Features include:

  • An outside enclosure (no shelter) on hardstanding
  • Crowdline position in the centre of the showground
  • Disabled/Accessible Toilets
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Tables and chairs
  • Enclosure wristband to enable access throughout the day
  • A team of volunteers to answer questions and help you enjoy your day

The Disabled Enclosure costs £8.00 each for the disabled person and their PA/Carer. If extra tickets are required for the Enclosure there is a cost of £20.00 per person (aged 5 years and over) up to a maximum of two Friends & Family Disabled Enclosure tickets per disabled person. The Friends & Family Disabled Enclosure tickets are strictly limited each day to ensure that there are sufficient places in the Enclosure for our disabled visitors and their PA/Carer. Please Note: Saturday and Sunday Friends & Family Disabled Enclosure Tickets are now fully booked, there is still limited availability for Friday.

There is a Showground Shuttle Bus Stop within a 5 minute (approx) walk from the Enclosure. There will also be golf buggies available to transfer people with mobility difficulties from the Bus Stop to the Disabled Enclosure.

Disabled Parking Permit / Designated Disabled Car Parks

Disabled visitors with a Blue Badge, or who receive the higher/enhanced mobility component of DLA/PIP, can apply for a RIAT Disabled Parking Permit which will allow them to park in the designated disabled car parks located in the Red and Green Car Parks.

There is no designated disabled car park in the Blue Car Parks and we recommend that our disabled visitors with mobility difficulties do not park here as they are all field car parks with uneven ground and are some distance from the Blue Customer Entry Point.

Please ensure you have your Blue Badge details to hand when calling to book.

Disabled visitors arriving by car and displaying a Blue Badge but NO RIAT Disabled Parking Permit will be directed to the front of each public car park where a designated parking space will be available however, this could be on rough terrain (grass) and some distance from the entry points to the showground.

Disabled/Accessible Toilets and High Dependency Unit (HDU)

There are disabled/accessible toilets in each toilet block on the showground. There are also disabled/accessible toilets and a High Dependency Unit (HDU) in the Disabled Enclosure. If you have not booked into the Enclosure but need to use the HDU at any time during your visit to the Air Tattoo please speak to the staff in the Disabled Enclosure. If you have your own RADAR key please bring it with you.

Electric Scooter/Manual Wheelchair Hire 

Through Event Mobility Charitable Trust we will be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the Air Tattoo. The pick-up/drop-off points will be located in the Red and Green Car Parks close to the Customer Entry Points and by the Yellow Customer Entry Point. 

To book visit, email or contact the office on 01386 725391 to request an advance booking form.

Mobility Scooters: £25
Manual Wheelchairs: £10

Please note if you are attending on Friday 19 July there will be no scooter/wheelchair pick-up/drop off point in the Green Car Park so we recommend that you park in the Red Car Park.

If you hire a mobility scooter or wheelchair from Event Mobility this automatically entitles you to a RIAT Disabled Parking Permit - please call our Customer Services Department (01285 713456) to order one - please note you will be asked to quote your Event Mobility Order Number, so please have this to hand when calling.

Assistance Dogs

We welcome all registered guide dogs, hearing dogs and medical alert dogs at the Air Tattoo. If you wish to bring an assistance dog with you for your visit, please ensure you have formal identification for the dog with you such as any relevant documentation or a jacket.

For further information on any of the above facilities please contact Customer Services on 01285 713 456 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm) or email: moc/etcfar//secivres/remotsuc

To book admission tickets, the Disabled Enclosure and to order your RIAT Disabled Parking Permit please call our Customer Services Department on 01285 713 456 (Mon - Fri 9.00am- 5.00pm).

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