Sunderland International Airshow 2017

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Sun FM is proud to be an official media partner of the 2017 Airshow

council white lighthouse providing the perfect backdrop for the Red Arrows at the Sunderland Airshow

All displays and flying times are subject to change due to weather or operational conditions.

Friday night  

  • The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows
  • RAF Typhoon Display Team
  • Fireflies
  • Gerald Cooper Xtreme

Saturday and Sunday  

  • RAF Falcons
  • RAF Tutor display team
  • The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows
  • RAF Typhoon Display Team
  • British Army Tigers Freefall Team
  • Fireflies
  • Gerald Cooper Xtreme
  • The Blades 
  • Sally B 
  • Bristol Blenheim Mk 1 
  • P51 Mustang 
  • Autogyro
  • Bronco

Sunday only

  • Chinook 


As one of the biggest and best free events in Europe, Sunderland International Airshow attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It’s a spectacle not to miss.

For most people, the safest and easiest way to get to #SunAirshow is by public transport.

Getting there


Park and Ride Bus Services

An express direct service to the Sunderland International Airshow will run on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, providing a direct link between Sunderland City Centre and the popular regional event.

The 510 service, which stops at Fawcett Street, Wheatsheaf, Stadium of Light Metro, Seaburn Metro and the Airshow, will run every few minutes from 10am until 7pm. Free national concessionary passes and Network One passes valid in “Zone Four” are also accepted on the 510 service.

To enable the event to be held safely, a number of roads in the area will be closed to all traffic from 21 to 23 July during set up and the event itself, and a number of temporary bus routes implemented. On Friday 21 July from approx 12noon until approx 10pm, a number of services will be diverted, with the closure of Sunderland Seafront between Whitburn Road (just south of Morrisons) and Roker Terrace. These include services 18, E1, E2 and E6, with diversions in place and alternative bus stops.

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, due to road closures, bus services and bus stops will be revised from 10.30am and 6.30pm, affecting Services E1, E2 and E6 between South Shields and Sunderland. On Sunday 24 July 2016, to accommodate the anticipated number of visitors to the Airshow, Services E1, E2 and E6 will all run every 20 minutes. Routes affecting services 18 and 23 will also be modified throughout the duration of the event.

Travelling to Sunderland International Airshow is easy and you can save the hassle of finding a space by using one of our four Park & Ride sites with frequent buses taking you non-stop to the Seafront.  The Park & Ride sites will be signed from all major routes into Sunderland, including the A19.

Friday 21 July - Park at the Stadium of Light and catch the PR3 to the Bungalow Cafe.  Buses start at 2pm and run every 20 minutes until 4pm, then every 10 minutes throughout the evening with the last bus leaving the Bungalow Cafe at 11pm.

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July -Park at Downhill Sports Complex (PR1), Fulwell Quarry (PR2) or the Stadium of Light (PR3) with buses running every few minutes from 8.45am to Recreation Park at Seaburn.  Buses will run until 8pm on Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday.

You can also park at Sunderland Civic Centre (PR4) with buses running every few minutes from 9.30am to the Bungalow Cafe.  Buses will run until 8pm on Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday.

  • Cost is £2 return per person (under 5s travel free). Pay the driver when you board the bus and keep your ticket safe for the return journey.
  • Concession passes can't be used on the Airshow Park & Ride bus services.
  • All buses will be low floor, easy access and we can accommodate one wheelchair on each bus or up to two unfolded pushchairs.  At busy times, customers may be asked to fold pushchairs or wait for the next bus to load.
  • Go North East staff will be on hand at each Park & Ride site and at each bus stop at the Airshow site to make your journey as easy as possible.
  • Once you arrive at the Airshow site, the bus will leave from the same stop for your return journey back to the Park & Ride site.


Nearest Metro station to the heart the airshow: Seaburn, a 15-minute walk to the seafront.

When leaving #SunAirshow Seaburn, St Peter's and Stadium of Light are all within easy reach depending where you are on the site. Additional Metro trains will be running on both days.


If you're travelling to Sunderland by rail, the pdf icon Go North East A1 Airshow bus service timetable 2017 - city centre to seafront [16kb]departs from Fawcett Street,  take the Metro without needing to leave the station or you can walk to the seafront in 30 minutes.

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Fireworks, flying displays and fantastic music will launch this year's Airshow on Friday 21 July.

The Friday evening launch for the weekend event has become increasingly popular, and large crowds are expected to gather on Cliffe Park and along the seafront again to enjoy the music and flying spectacular.

A full night's flying programme including the Red Arrows and Typhoon Display team will provide a spectacular aerial backdrop, to music from the stage and ground based displays, activities and entertainment along the seafront.

Musicians including African performance group the Lions of Zululand will take to the stage from 4pm, before the main event at 6pm with an opening speech from the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight.    

The programme includes performances from Hetton based folkrock, roots and colliery brass band 'Dennis' fresh from sell-out shows across the country, before some of Europe's finest tribute acts provide a nineties music themed climax to the show before a fireworks finale at 9.45pm.

The ninety minute 'City Life' programme celebrates the 25th anniversary of Sunderland being granted city status by Royal Assent, with music from the Spice Girls, Steps, Take That, Robbie Williams and Britpop era of Oasis, Pulp and Blur along with some of the 90s greatest dance hits.     

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