The Shepway Airshow first began in 1990 when they had a 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain airshow. The Shepway District Council continued with an airshow every year up until 2001. They then had an airshow in 2003 which sadly was its last due to the growing costs of running this event.
However the event returned in 2012 with the Folkestone (Shepway) Jubilee Airshow which takes place in early June.
The display is centred on 'The Leas' which gives a superb view from the high vantage point above the cliffs.
Local hotels for the Folkestone (Shepway) Jubilee Airshow.
Folkestone Airshow cancelled
The Folkestone Airshow which was to have been held on the 8th June 2013 has now been cancelled due to funding problems.
Airshow project manager Yvonne Holder said that because the event was free most of the revenue needed to meet its considerable up-front costs depended on getting in money from sponsorships, donations and fund-raising activities before the air show weekend.
“In the end, lack of financial support for the Fly Folkestone fund-raising campaign meant that FTCM, a not-for-profit organisation, had to decide that the funds available were not sufficient, time to seek new sources of income was too short and the financial risks of proceeding with the event, therefore, were too great.
“Also as a consequence of the financial situation we ran into timetable difficulties in the preparation of an event management plan which would meet the requirements of the Shepway Advisory Group for Shepway (SAG), a partnership of agencies concerned with public safety issues whose approval was necessary in order to obtain the Civil Aviation Authority license for flying displays. After much consultation, we agreed that that we would not able to meet the deadline to enable complete plans to be assessed.
“We have received a great many messages expressing the hope that ways and means can be found to continue Folkestone Airshow, and we are examining the suggestion that financial supporters be asked to carry forward their commitment so that an event with guaranteed up-front funding conditions can be staged - possibly, next year”.