The Midlands Air Festival is an established major event taking place yearly at Ragley Hall, the home of the The Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. It is a three day event featuring all types of display aviation, including such items as the RAF Red Arrows, Spitfires & other warbirds, Parachute teams, Aerial Ballet, Flying Circus plus a massive contingent of hot air balloons. There is also a nightfire event on the Friday evening featuring a pre-show air display, pyrotechnic air craft, balloon nightglow and Fireworks finale.
The event runs for three days and this year will fall on the 2nd 3rd and 4th June on the Jubilee bank holiday. The event is by advance ticket only but children up to 12 go free and young teens 13 -16 are half adult price.
To commemorate the Jubilee we will be assembling over 200 hot air balloons which will be the largest gathering in the UK and this will include the largest collection of special shaped balloons in Europe. We have managed to secure a giant guardsman complete with bearskin who stands over 100ft tall who will preside over our own parade of balloons from the Army Air Corps, Royal Navy and RAF. A number of our display aircraft been have been specially selected to represent aircraft of the Coronation, era there will be several live bands of the era and the music for the nightglow and fireworks finale will be traditional ‘proms’ favourites and music from the Coronation.
A number of small union flags will be given out free of charge to young children to wave and keep and although not an official part of the beacon ceremony, we shall be lighting a giant gas flame at the precise time of the UK wide lighting. This and the provision of a large screen for our audience to watch national elements of the celebration will allow them to feel part of the national celebrations and come to the show without missing anything.