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Come fly with the me – RAF Centenary Celebrations 2018

Written by Rachel Cave

The RAF is 100 years old today!
They will be celebrating in many special ways,
Look out for the red arrows, chinooks and more,
Here are some special events for you to explore!

RAF100 Parade and flypast on the Mall, Westminster, London

10th July 2018

Today you can join in the celebrations with the March up the Mall and witness up to 100 aircraft taking to the skies from Suffolk to London in this fantastic RAF100 celebration! Can’t make it? You can watch it live on BBC one- coverage starts from 9.30am!  Find out more here:

The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire

 13-15th July 2018

Following on from the national centenary celebration for RAF100 in London the Air Tattoo is hosting an international celebration where air forces from all around the world will come together for a ‘global salute’  Some of the aircraft making an appearance in the fly-past are The Red arrows, Typhoons, Lancasters, Spitfires and the new Lightning!  On the ground, you can marvel at some of the impressive aircraft from the RAF’s past and meet the heroes currently serving in the RAF. Tickets for the Saturday are sold out, but you can book for Friday and Sunday here: 

RAF Afternoon Tea, Bentley Priory Museum, Stanmore, London

14th July 2018

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force with a yummy, handmade afternoon tea in the Museum’s vintage cafe.  Advanced booking through the website is essential. Find out more here:

100 Years of the RAF Concert, Talbot Lane Methodist Church, Rotherham

21 July 2018

Warm up those vocal chords and enjoy this celebratory concert featuring Chilwell Military choir and Maltby Brass band, all profits of this event will go towards funding a bench in Rotherham to commemorate 100 years of the RAF.   Find out more here:

1940s RAF100 Weekend, Hemswell Antique Centres, Gainsborough

21st -22nd July 2018

Come along to this fun-filled weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, dress in your 1940’s gear and enjoy, music, competitions, BBQ’s and refreshments.  Why not take part in the RAF themed baking competition? You could be in with a chance of winning ‘star baker’ as well as raising money for charity. Find out more here:

British Model Flying Association National Championships, Grantham

24-27th August 2018

Model aircraft enthusiasts and pilots can unite to display and compete their models, you can marvel at a special air display of models covering the RAF’s 100 years of service. Find out more here:

Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth Seafront

30 August – 2nd September 2018

Join this 4 day spectacular by the sea on the stunning South-coast. Full of impressive and exciting air displays, food, drink, music and dance, this event is not to be missed! With appearances from everyone’s favourite Red arrows and so much more! It’s by the sea and the best part.. its free! Find out more here: 

 Families Day, RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

1st September 2018

This is a free annual event which celebrates the families and friends of RAF Brize Norton, keep all of the family entertained with a variety of activities including Autosport and aircraft displays, fairground and attractions, food and drinks stands, live shows and music.  This fun family day is only open to personnel and friends and family of Brize Norton. Find out more here:

RAF100 Bodmin Garden Party, Priory Park, Cornwall

15th September 2018

Join in the fun at this garden party with lots of fun for all ages, with live music from the town band, food and drink, entertainment and a bouncy castle. Find out more here:

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