The Southend Air Festival usually takes place in May and is one of Europe's largest free airshows with more than half a million people lining the town's seven-mile shore over the two day spectacular.
This two-day event which usually includes a good mixture in the flying display including modern RAF & RN participation along with display teams, aerobatic aircraft, and historic aircraft. There is also plenty of entertainment taking place on the ground with various displays and demonstrations.
Most of the aircraft that display at Southend operate out of London Southend Airport at Rochford and the airport sometimes has Open Days during the Southend Air Festival so that people can see the aircraft at close quarters. These Open Days attract many thousands of people to the airport and its resident Vulcan (XL426) can sometimes be seen on both days doing a taxi-run.
From the North via A1, M11, M25 & A127 (M25 Junction 29, 20 miles). From the South via M25, Dartford Tunnel, A13 (M25 Junction 30, 26 miles) or A127. Once in Southend follow the directional signs for Airshow Parking. Within Southend there are in excess of 10,000 parking spaces.