Torbay Airshow key travel and safety information

With the 2019 Torbay Airshow taking place this weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June, Torbay Council is encouraging residents and visitors to the event to plan ahead, take the necessary precautions to stay safe and make the most of the two day show.

Families are reminded to bring suncream and hats in the case of good weather, as well as keeping hydrated with plenty of water over the weekend. Children must be supervised at all times and the event team recommend arranging a designated meeting point in case you get separated. 

Visitors are more than welcome to have a paddle in the sea but as the flight path is directly in front of Paignton Beach please do not go for a swim.

To help attendees get to the Airshow quickly, drivers are encouraged to tune into The Breeze radio station on 105.5 for up to date traffic information and to follow the Airshow’s social media channels for up to date traffic announcements @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The safety of visitors to Torbay Airshow is paramount and security measures are in place to deliver a safe and enjoyable event. Airshow attendees are reminded to stay vigilant over the weekend and be alert to any suspicious behaviour, unattended items or for things that seem out-of-place. If you do spot anything, visitors should immediately report any concerns to stewards and event staff.

Torbay Airshow is requesting that no kites or balloons are flown between Friday 31st June and Sunday 2nd June. Additionally the Civil Aviation Authority has declared it illegal to fly a drone within four nautical miles of the Airshow site. These measures are essential for the safety of the aircraft performing during the Airshow, and any flying of drones will result in the Airshow being suspended until the item has been landed. There is also an exclusion zone for marine craft throughout the weekend. 

To further information and to keep up to date with the latest news and announcements on the day follow @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the event website

Travelling Torbay Airshow: Everything you need to know

Less than a few days to go until the 2019 Torbay Airshow, organisers have released details and top tips on how to plan your visit to the event as well as the road closures that will be in place over the weekend.

The free event takes place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June and this year will host the world’s premier aerobatic team the RAF Red Arrows first display of the season as well as performances by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Typhoon and Tucano T1. Organisers have now also announced that the Black Cats, Chinook, Strikemaster, Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, The Blades, Corinne Dennis in her Pitts Special and the Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team will all take to the skies as part of the event’s awe-inspiring flying programme.

The action-packed flying programme will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday from 2pm until 5.30pm and Sunday from 11.30am – 3pm alongside ground displays, entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering within the event village on Paignton Green.

Those planning to attend the event are encouraged to make their plans in advance and local residents are advised to familiarise themselves with the temporary road closures and parking restrictions that will be in place for the show in order to ensure that emergency vehicles can still access all areas and to minimise disruption for residents caused by visitors to the event.

By Train

The closest stop to the Airshow Event Village is Paignton and which is served by Great Western Railway lead travel partner for the Airshow and Cross Country Trains. 

Paignton Train Station is just a six-minute walk away from the airshow event village. GWR will be providing extra capacity over the weekend, whilst the steam railway will run their usual timetable to and from Kingswear. Details of all the local train operators can be accessed via or call 03457 000125. 

By Car

Entry to the Torbay Airshow is free, but to guarantee a parking space we would strongly advise pre-booking your parking in advance of the event. Car parking can be booked through the website for £8 per car plus a transaction fee. The Park and Ride service at Splashdown Quaywest will be available throughout the airshow weekend with prices ranging from £1.50 to £10.00. 

By Bus

There will be an additional capacity on the bus services in and out of Paignton across the event weekend. Details of all the local bus services operators can be accessed via

By Bicycle

Signed cycle parking will be located adjacent to Paignton Green. 

By Steam Railway & Boat

Please visit or call 01803 555872 for a timetable of services

By Ferry

Multiple ferry services will be running throughout the festival weekend from both Torquay and Brixham. 

For details of the WeFerry service please visit  or call 0800 086 9450. For details on Paignton Pleasure Cruises ferry timetable please visit or cal 01803 529 147

Road Closures

Roads surrounding the Bay will be closed during the event on Saturday 1 June from 11am and 7pm and on Sunday 2 June between 10am and 7pm. These roads will be clearly advertised as road closures however residents and business owners will have access to these areas throughout the duration of the event, with the exception of Preston Sands Promenade, Eastern Esplanade, Esplanade Road,  Torbay Road B3201 and Station Lane, which will be accessible for emergency vehicles only. Vehicle passes have been issued to those affected.

Parking Suspensions

There will be a number of specific on-street parking suspensions which will be advertised and enforced within these road closures, please ensure you check any on-street notices 

  • Garfield Road
  • Torbay Road
  • Queens Road

In addition, the one-way systems in operation on the following roads will be suspended so two-way traffic will be allowed during the road closure period.

  • Lower Polsham Road (between Kings Avenue and Esplanade Road
  • Adelphi Road
  • Beach Road
  • Garfield Road
  • Kernou Road
  • Queens Road

All air displays are subject to change depending on weather conditions and operational commitments that could take the military displays elsewhere at short notice.

The event is run by Torbay Council. For further information on the event and to keep up to date with the latest news follow @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the event website 

Information regarding the road closures, one-way suspensions and travelling information for the Torbay Airshow is available from If any residents have any further questions they are advised to complete the contact form at or call 01803 208888 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.