Where to see the Red Arrows in Wales in 2017

Red Arrows Synchro Cross
Red Arrows Synchro Cross

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows have released their 2017 schedule today and this year there are 4 chances to see the famous Red Hawks display in Wales.

1st & 2nd July – Wales National Air Show.

RAF Red Arrows Synchro Break (Image: Aviation Wales)

RAF Red Arrows Synchro Break (Image: Aviation Wales)

The annual Wales National Air Show (WNAS) returns! Swansea Bay will once again play host to a plethora of aircraft from local display teams through to the mighty Eurofighter Typhoon. The Red Arrows have been confirmed for both Saturday and Sunday at WNAS this year.

The free event takes place along the seafront between Swansea and The Mumbles over the weekend with lots of events on the ground as well as in the air.

What time will the Red Arrows be there? – Times haven’t been confirmed yet but on Sunday they are likely to be closing the show so late afternoon.

Can I get more information? Visit the Wales National Air Show website

6th August  – The Barry Festival of Transport.

The Red Arrows will once again be displaying over Barry Island and Whitmore Bay for the Barry Festival of Transport. The event, which always draws big crowds, will see vintage buses and cars come together in the biggest meeting of its kind in South Wales.  The event takes place on Sunday 6th August and includes free heritage bus displays, a classic car show, the tourist railway and an open day at the local bus station. There is fun for all the family with a fun fair, attractions and entertainment.

What time will the Red Arrows be there? – Times haven’t been confirmed yet but it is likely to be early to mid-afternoon.

**There is some confusion over this event as the Barry Festival of Transport is advertised tool place on the 11th June however The Red Arrows state 6th August. We will update once clarified.

27th August – Rhyl Airshow

The RAF aerobatic display team are confirmed for the Sunday line-up alongside the Dakota, Spitfire and Hurricane that are confirmed to attend on both days. The event takes place on Rhyl seafront and the programme will also feature a whole host of incredible civilian aircraft with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

What time will the Red Arrows be there? – Times haven’t been confirmed yet but it is likely to be early to mid-afternoon.

Can I get more information?Check out the event website

Who are the Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are an RAF Display Team famous across the world for their pinpoint aerobatics and precision formation flying. They fly the BAe Hawk T1 jet which was used as an advanced trainer and capable of breaking the sound barrier at Mach 1.2!

The Red Arrows were formed in 1965 following the amalgamation of other RAF Teams including the Black Arrows, Red Pelicans and the Yellowjacks. originally flying the Folland Gnat aircraft they changed to the more modern BAe Hawk T1 in 1980.

Famous for their gleaming red aircraft and red white and blue smoke, they fly the flag across the world for the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom.

Aviation Wales will be at all events streaming live video along with images on facebook and twitter.

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Lisa is an aviation and engineering journalist who has written for several headline news outlets. Originally from the US, she now calls Swansea her home and keeps a keen eye on the growing aviation industry in Wales.


  1. The Barry Festival of Transport 2017 has already been held. It was held in June, as it has been for around the last 14 years. As organiser I can confirm there is no Festival organised by us in August 2017. Our next event is at Merthyr Tydfil Sunday 10th September 2017 and as far as I know no Red Arrows are expected to fly over the valleys town. Should the Red Arrows want to give the people of Merthyr Tydfil a show that would be fantastic and make Welsh national news; but please let us organisers know by the end of August. Thank you.
    Tudor Thomas for the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group. The Bus Depot, Barry. See http://www.ctpg.co.uk.

    • Hi Tudor, Thanks for your comment. We are aware, hence the red comment. We are going by the official Red Arrows Display Programme who list it as the Barry Festival of Transport.

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