On 29th and 30th September Cotswold Airport is throwing open its gates to the public once again for a vintage and wartime extravaganza, the ‘Cotswold Airport Revival Festival’. To mark this year’s centenary of the RAF and Cotswold Airport’s original RAF roots, the organisers have launched a major initiative to get 100 aircraft to fly in over the two-day event, to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
Jo Welch, Head of Events at Cotswold Airport said: ‘This initiative is really exciting. We hope to attract many different types of aircraft over the two days for everyone to see. We especially are interested in vintage and military schemed aircraft, including helicopters, light aircraft and large and small jets. We are offering free landing for the duration of the event for these aircraft and free parking. Pilots and owners are welcome to camp if they wish to stay for the two days and bring any display materials to tell visitors all about their aircraft.’
Cotswold Airport started out as RAF Kemble 80 years ago, and was home to the Red Arrows. The airport still has many close military links and continually supports associated charities.
Last year saw the inaugural launch of the Cotswold Airport Revival Festival, which started out as an informal fundraising Open Day for 500 people, and ended up as a major event with over 10,000 visitors. The festival, now run in association with Live Promotions Events Ltd, is an annual event, that will happen every year during the last weekend in September.
This year’s two-day event will feature lots of exciting activities and attractions for all the family. Both days will include dramatic re-enactments and demonstrations; vintage air displays; exciting rides and experience flights; hundreds of vintage and military vehicles; full size and miniature steam engines; and plenty of entertainment including period live music.