Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date for the 2019 event?

The date for the next RAF Cosford Air Show is Sunday 9th June 2019.

Are tickets available on the gate?

No, tickets for the Air Show must be purchased in advance – no tickets will be available to purchase at the entry gates. You must not travel to the event without a pre-purchased ticket as you will not be admitted.

Do children need tickets?

Children under the age of 16 are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. They will be issued a £0.00 ticket to assist with event planning.

How can I buy tickets?

The easiest way to purchase tickets is online, via SEETickets. From Tuesday 2nd April, tickets will also be available in selected local Visitor Information Centres and the RAF Museum at both Cosford and Hendon. See the ticket section on our website for more information.

What hospitality packages are available?

We have a number of options available. Visit the Hospitality Page to find out more.

What is your refund policy?

As per our Terms and Conditions, it is not our policy to refund ticket purchases.

Do you offer concessionary prices?

As the RAF Cosford Air Show is a self-funded, not-for-profit event with no financial support from the Ministry of Defence, we do not offer individual concessionary prices. All profits from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to Royal Air Force Charities.

What are the event Terms and Conditions?

What time does the Air Show start?

Gates open to the public at 08:00. The flying display will begin at approximately 12:00.

What time does the Air Show finish?

The flying display will finish at approximately 17:30. The showground remains open until 19:00.

Are there cash withdrawal facilities?

Yes, there are cash machines on site which charge a small fee for withdrawals. Location details can be found in the Souvenir Programme.

How much does the Souvenir Programme cost?

Programmes cost £7.00 and will be available from outlets and roaming sellers across the showground.

Are there toilets provided?

Yes, there a large number of toilets located across the showground for public use. Location details can be found on the Showground map at information points and in the souvenir programme.

Are baby changing facilities available?

Yes, there are baby changing facilities located adjacent to the toilet blocks. Location details can be found on the Showground map at information points and in the souvenir programme.

Are there first aid facilities on site?

We have medical treatment facilities across the site. Their locations will be marked on the Showground Map.

Is there seating?

No, Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating such as folding chairs or picnic blankets. (Seating is provided in our hospitality enclosures).

Can I bring pets to the Air Show?

No, unless it is an assistance dog. The airfield is usually a very crowded and noisy environment. These conditions are uncomfortable and potentially frightening for most animals.

Can I bring a BBQ/gas cooker?

Due to the vast number of fire hazards located on an airfield, cooking equipment is not permitted anywhere on the Air Show site.

Can I bring a tent/gazebo?

Tents, gazebos and similar items are not permitted along the crowd line as they are a flight safety hazard. These items are at risk of being blown away and can cause considerable damage to aircraft and disrupt airfield operations. They also block the view of other visitors.  Smaller shelters can be erected away from the crowdline but please be respectful of other visitors when positioning them.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink to the Air Show.  We do have a catering company that sells a wide range of hot and cold food should you choose not to.

Can I bring a remote controlled aircraft / drone / UAV?

The operation of remote control devices and unmanned aircraft systems is not permitted by law at airfields. Restrictions of Flying Regulations will be established under Article 239 of the Air Navigation Order 2016. As such no small unmanned aircraft systems/drones shall be flown at this location or within a 6-mile radius of the airfield.

What is the postcode for RAF Cosford to put into my sat nav?

The postcode TF11 8UP will guide you to the local area, however, once you start seeing signs for the RAF Cosford Air Show, please turn off your satellite navigation and follow the event signage. The Air Show traffic plan is designed to get you into the event as fast as possible.

Is parking free?

Yes, parking is included in the price of admission.

Is parking on hard standing or grass?

All visitors parking is on grass, however, there is a small amount of concrete available which is reserved for disabled parking and motorbike parking.  Please note disabled parking is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Where will I be parked?

There is a limited amount of off-base car parking to the North East of the airfield. Our traffic management team will adapt to the conditions and flows on the day, therefore we can never guarantee where cars will be parked. However, the majority of vehicles coming from the East and South will be parked on the airfield, and those coming from the West and North will be equally split between on and off base. Please note that those parked in the off-base car park are likely to benefit from a speedier entry and exit than those on base.

Is motorbike parking available?

Motorbike parking is available on a small amount of hard standing ground on the site, however, the security of the motorbike is the sole responsibility of the owner. Please follow the signs for motorbike parking on your approach to the event.

Are campervans allowed?

The restriction is by size and weight rather than the type of vehicle.  Vehicles up to 7M in length and 7.5t gross weight are permitted into the car park.  If your vehicle is larger or heavier, please do not travel to the airfield in it.  Please note, as parking is on grass, we are unable to guarantee the ground state.

Where can I drop off/pick up a passenger?

Due to the one-way traffic system put in place for the Air Show, you are not able to drop off/pick up passengers at the airfield. The BP garage on the A41 is the closest location you will be able to access without entering the Air Show one-way traffic system.

When can I get out?

The one-way traffic systems put in place to assist visitors getting into the show are usually reversed around 13:00 which will allow exit through Gate 2.  Gate 4 (exit off the A464) will only be open from approximately 08:00 until approximately 11:00 during the inbound phase. This gate will not open for departures until the flying display has finished, which will be approximately 18:00. All vehicles arriving through Gate 4 will be parked on base. If you have arrived through Gate 4 and need to leave the event before 18:00, you must make your way to Gate 2.

Can I travel to the show by train?

With the Cosford train station less than 300m from the entrance to the Air Show, travelling by rail is one of the most convenient ways to arrive.  Details regarding extra trains will be released closer to the show.  Please note that this train station does not have disabled access.

Can I arrive on a bicycle?

Yes, there are facilities to park your bicycle, however, the security of the bicycle is the sole responsibility of the owner.  Bicycles are not permitted for use on the showground.

Which coach companies are operating near me?

To find coach companies operating trips to the Air Show from your area, please visit the Coaches section.

I am a coach travel organiser, how do I get tickets?

If you are looking at arranging a coach trip to the RAF Cosford Air Show, please visit the Coaches section..

How can I book a trip for my Air Cadet Squadron?

If you are looking at arranging a coach trip to the RAF Cosford Air Show for an Air Cadet Squadron, please contact us.

What aircraft will be on display?

To see the list of current confirmed participants for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2019, please visit our What’s on page. Aircraft will only be added to this confirmed list once we have received written confirmation of their attendance.

When will flying display timings be available?

The timings for the flying display will be available in the Souvenir Programme on the day. Timings are not released in advance as they are subject to change.

Why do some aircraft disappear from your attendance list?

There are a number of reasons why an aircraft may have to cancel its appearance at the event. These include operational commitments & aircraft serviceability, which are outside the control of the Event Organiser.

Will there be increased noise?

Yes, from Friday 7th June until Monday 10th June there will be increased aircraft activity and noise in the local area of RAF Cosford. For more details contact us.

Can I fly in with my own aircraft?

The RAF Cosford Air Show no longer accepts general aviation visitors on the day of the show. However, if you operate a vintage/interesting aircraft type there is the opportunity to join our static aircraft displays. For more details contact us.

How accessible is the Air Show for people with disabilities?

There is a disabled car park with a dedicated hosting team to ensure disabled visitors are well looked after at the air show. The disabled car park is connected via a hard-standing taxiway to the main thoroughfare of traders, exhibitors and ground displays. Follow the nationally recognised ‘wheelchair’ symbol to be directed to the disabled car park.  Please note, the disabled car park is filled on a first come, first served basis, with limited spaces available.

How do I book a wheelchair/scooter?

Event Mobility Charitable Trust will be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the show. To reserve an electric scooter or manual wheelchair you can book online at the Event Mobility Website.

Does Cosford train station have disabled access?

Unfortunately, the Cosford train station does not have disabled access. We cannot recommend the use of Cosford train station to people who are unable to manage steps.

Are assistance dogs allowed?

Assistance and guide dogs are welcome to the Air Show, no other dogs or pets are permitted. Please note the Air Show site is usually very crowded, noisy and often very hot. These conditions are uncomfortable and potentially frightening for most animals.

Are disabled toilets available?

Yes, disabled toilet facilities are available at various locations across the show ground and next to the disabled parking area.

Where can I buy an RAF Cosford Air Show DVD?

The RAF Cosford Air Show DVD is available from the PlanesTV Website 

How do I apply for a Press Pass?

If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to contact us about our media opportunities, please visit our Media Centre.

Is there local accommodation where I can stay?

There are many local hotels and campsites in the local area. Please visit the local Tourist Information site for information on local accommodation.