The Midlands Air Festival is a spectacular aviation event, held at Ragley Hall Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, in early June. A fun-packed weekend is focused on air displays, as the name suggests. In addition to the mind-blowing Red Arrows, dashing across the skies, you're up for hot air balloon launches and dazzling nightfire shows. What's more, the program includes trade stands, children's rides, and an array of family-friendly activities.
If you're interested in aircraft, the main air shows are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The Midlands Air Festival showcases fast jets, warbirds, energetic aerobatics, aerial ballets, and whatnot.
The nightfire show provides a chance to get carried away by aircrafts streaming pyrotechnics and delight in the hot air balloon nightglow. A small tip for anyone going to the night glow: it can be very cold at night in England at that time of year, so bring a warm coat.
Hot air balloons
If you're more into ballooning, the festival features the mass launch of about a hundred of balloons only 50–100 feet (15–30 m) above the ground, absolutely fantastic! Usually balloons take off early in the morning and at the end of the day. Additionally, they are on display throughout the day.
Tips on visiting the Midlands Air Festival
Take advantage of the Camping and Glamping option to enjoy the Midlands Air Festival without leaving the site. Alternatively, stay in the nearby city of Birmingham, situated 23 miles (37 km) north of the historic Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens, less than an hour drive. The best accommodations thereabout are suggested on the map. Also, note that Ragley Hall is not the event's organizer, so for tickets or other inquiries, please check the official website or Facebook (see External Resources below).