Posted: Sun 1st Mar 2020

Rhyl Air Show – a quick guide and latest information

North Wales news and information

Rhyl is a popular seaside resort in Denbighshire, one of several famous resorts along this northern stretch of the Welsh coastline. Around four miles to the west of Prestatyn and just under 11 miles to the west of Colwyn Bay, Rhyl is also home to the popular annual Rhyl Air Show.

Where does the Rhyl Air Show take place?

The show is centred on Rhyl Promenade. There are various parking places along East Parade and West Parade, both of which are just by Rhyl Beach. West Parade leads you towards the promenade from the west, while Marine Drive leads you to East Parade from the east of the town.

When does the air show take place?

The show traditionally takes place over one weekend in August. It is free to visit and has been going strong for over 10 years. The 2019 air show marked the 11th occasion the show took place.

The event is organised by Denbighshire County Council in association with Rhyl Town Council.

When does the show begin?

The show typically starts at 11am, although the air display portion of the show doesn’t begin until 1pm. Early arrival is recommended if you need to get a parking space before everyone else arrives.

Rhyl Station is in the heart of the town, so you can easily access it via train if you wish.

What kinds of events and displays are planned?

Each year provides spectators with a different programme of events. These are typically meticulously timed to make sure safety is paramount, with various planes and jets in the air throughout.

Aerobatic displays, memorial flights, and classic aircraft typically feature each year. In past displays, spectators have seen a Lancaster, an RAF Typhoon, the Red Arrows, a Spitfire, and even a parachute display team in action.

Does the programme differ between Saturday and Sunday?

Yes, there are usually some variations in timings on each day. However, most of the popular aircraft and displays do feature on each day. This means it is possible to experience the highlights on your preferred day to visit (or to go both days to get the most out of the event).

Plenty of food and drink around town

Visiting the Rhyl Air Show is the ideal time to experience more of Rhyl too. You can wander away from the promenade to discover cafes, fast-food chains, restaurants, and bistros. Grab a portion of chips and wander back to the promenade in time for the next display, or make do with a sandwich and book into one of Rhyl’s many restaurants for an early evening meal after the day’s action is over.

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