Visitors to this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival are urged to do their part to reduce the carbon footprint and help make this year’s event more environmentally friendly than ever.
Bournemouth’s free air festival runs from 1-4 September 2022 and will feature spectacular displays from the Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAF Chinook, not to mention a host of civilian crews and aircraft flying from the early afternoon and into the evening.
If just a third of visitors to the world famous event changed their way of traveling to the festival over the four days, 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions could be saved each year. In comparison, the planes during the four days of entertainment contribute about 240 tonnes of emissions.
Choices for those wishing to attend sustainably include BCP’s Park & Ride service, taking the train or coach, and using BCP’s extensive bus network or Beryl bike program to get to the edge. of the festival, before choosing a place on the beach.
Jon Weaver, festival director, said: “While the festival delivers high-octane performance in the sky, we encourage people to enjoy a quieter journey to the action this year.
“If you’re coming from out of town, consider leaving the car at home and enjoying a stress-free train or coach trip. If you’re driving, try carpooling and using the park and ride service Don’t get caught in a line. Add an extra dimension to your festival enjoyment and help us make it the greenest year ever.
Cllr Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places, said: “Attracting events like the Air Festival is vital to our economy, but it’s equally important to do everything we we can to encourage sustainable travel in the region. We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to this event, so it is much quicker to attend on foot, by bike or by public transport. We want you to enjoy the festival with your family, but remember to leave the car at home.
Visitors can catch the Park and Ride Beach Bus from Kings Park (just next to AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium) every 15 minutes, from 9.00am throughout the four days of the festival. The bus conveniently drops off next to the event site on the East Overcliff.
Those arriving in Bournemouth by public transport can walk to the festival site from the train and coach station in around 30 minutes. Alternatively, buses run every five minutes to the city center from stand 5.
Adventurers can download the Beryl app in advance and easily unlock a bike or e-scooter to quickly descend to the waterfront and park on the outskirts of the show site.
It is not only through travel choices that visitors can contribute to “eco-powering” the festival. The drive to reduce the use of plastics on site will be boosted by the presence of 150 water refill points, providing free drinking water along the 15 miles of waterfront thanks to the ‘Turning the Tide’ project from BCP Council and City to Sea. Visitors are welcome to bring their own refillable water bottles and take advantage of this innovative solution.
For the latest news, information and more details on sustainable travel options, visit bournemouthair.co.uk and follow the Air Festival team on social media #bmthairfest