Take Off Zone

Touch down at The take off zone

The Take Off Zone is a great base to see the action on the runway and in the air, for aviation enthusiasts and also for those seeking a vibrant atmosphere filled with diverse food, drink, shopping and entertainment.

Get selfies with pilots, see the unique souvenirs sold in the Aircrew Trading area, and enjoy an unrivalled view of the action from the upper deck of the Double Decker Bus Bar. Launch your RIAT experience at the Take Off Zone at the eastern end of the showground.

So much to see

  • So much to see

    Enjoy music and dancing at the Bandstand. Enjoy the specially curated selection of stores, you'll find plenty of refreshments.

  • Meet The Pilots

    Grab a chance to chat with the pilots participating in the fantastic flying displays. And the Aircrew Trading close by, you can even buy air force memorabilia from around the world.

  • Entertainment throughout the day

    Be entertained by music at the Bandstand in the heart of the Take Off Zone, artists including The Bluebirds, The Femmes and Jay Hutchinson playing vintage songs from the 1940s and reworkings of modern classics.

  • Unique Shopping

    The shopping experience at the Take Off Zone is equally diverse. Stalls and kiosks sell handcrafted jewellery, vintage and handmade fashion, unique art and ceramics, and military surplus kit too.

And when it's time to refuel

The Take Off Zone is a great location to eat and drink while you enjoy the spectacular flying displays. You'll find a range of artisan and street food suppliers catering for every taste. There's a mouth-watering range of food and refreshments, including gourmet burgers and steak wraps, specialty coffees and ice cream as well as a great selection of international cuisine such as pizza, Indian street food, Lebanese dishes and Belgian waffles.

There's a choice between Prosecco and pancakes Double Decker Bus Bar, as well as the opportunity to relax and enjoy the perfect cup of tea, delicious cakes, and snacks at Daisy's quintessential Team Rooms.