Sidmouth Town Council has confirmed further details ahead of the Annual Regatta Weekend and Air Show on Friday 25 August, including the provision of additional car parking and a reminder to water users of an Air Display Water Safety Zone in force during the show. The Airshow commences at 5.00pm and concludes with the world famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.

As well as all the usual District Council Car parks at the Ham, Roxborough, Mill Street and Manor Road, further additional car parking will be made available at various locations including Sidmouth Rugby & Cricket Clubs and Redwood Road and will be clearly signed with marshalls on hand. A number of road closures and parking restrictions have also been confirmed to help maintain traffic flow and give spectator safety.

Organisers are requesting that spectators and in particular, boat, jet ski and kayak/paddleboard owners take note of a temporary Air Display Water Safety Zone (ADWSZ) which will be in force on the water offshore of Sidmouth Beach. No vessels will be permitted in this area between 4.30pm and the end of the display. The ADWSZ will be marked by coloured buoys and patrolled by Sidmouth Lifeboat and associated craft.

The 2023 Sidmouth Airshow is promising to be a fantastic start to Sidmouth Regatta weekend and is shaping up to be a real highlight of the year. The flying program (subject to change and weather) runs as follows:

5.00pm – Team Raven

5.25pm – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire & Hurricane

5.50pm – Stampe Display Team

6.10pm – The Titans

6.30pm – Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team, The Red Arrows

Sidmouth’s very own Giants will also be around along the seafront and there will be displays by the ‘Red Arrows on Bikes’ at 4pm (Clifton end) and 4.30pm (Port Royal end). On top of all this, a Red Arrows Merchandise pod and Food Village will be in place at the Ham with local food stalls.

The Regatta programme for Saturday 26 August continues with Sailing and Surf Life Saving Races, a Treasure Hunt and Street Theatre. The usual Grand Fireworks Display will take place at approximately 9.15pm over the Seafront and really promises to be a spectacle. Sunday 27 August then continues with further Sailing and Gig Racing and a Beach Clean Treasure Hunt.

The Regatta Weekend and Airshow is enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors and only takes place with funding from the Town Council and voluntary donations from the public. It also uses countless volunteers all helping to organise the weekend. To enable the event to continue, Volunteer Collectors are still needed to assist in gathering donations from the public through collection buckets and contactless payment. If you are able to offer your help, please register by contacting Sidmouth Town Council at

You can also support the event by going to  and clicking on the “Sidmouth Regatta Airshow Donations” Button.

Participation of flying teams for the Regatta Airshow is based upon aircraft availability and weather conditions. Keep an eye out for further details at ,, and social media for up to the minute details, timings and other announcements on the event.

The line up for 2023's Regatta and Airshow event is here. Running from 25th -27th August, there is a packed programme and activities throughout the bank holiday weekend. 

line up poster

Sidmouth Regatta Airshow Traffic Information

Car Parking

In addition to all the usual East Devon District Council Car pars the following extra car parking is available:
Cricket Club £10.00 from 16:00 until 21:00
Rugby Club £10.00 from 10:00 until 21:00
Top of Redwood Road £8.00 10:00 until 21:00

Road Closures

Port Royal  - Friday 25th August 12:00 until Monday 28th August 21:00 to facilitate Regatta activities across the weekend
Esplanade (Ham Lane to Fore Street) - Saturday 26th August 20:45 until 21:45 to facilitate the Firework Display
Esplanade/Peak Hill – Friday 25th August 12:00 until 21:00 (entire length of Esplanade from Port Royal to Manor Road - diversions will be in place)  to facilitate the Air Display

Parking Restrictions/Clearway

Manor Road, Station Road between Esplanade and Ice House Lane, entirety of All Saints Road, Radway, Vicarage Road, Temple Street and Arcot Road, The Triangle & Redwood Road

All Friday 25th August 12:00 until 21:00


Sidmouth Regatta Air Show - Friday 25 August 2023

In anticipation of the much-anticipated Sidmouth Regatta Air Show over Sidmouth at 5.00pm on Friday 25 August, we politely request that spectators and in particular, boat, jet ski and kayak/paddleboard owners take note of the following:

On safety grounds and on the Flying Display Director’s instruction, a temporary Air Display Water Safety Zone (ADWSZ) will be in force (and being patrolled) on the water offshore of Sidmouth Beach.  No vessels will be permitted in this area between 4.30pm and the end of the display*. The display is scheduled to commence at 5.00pm (based on current information) and will last until approximately 7.00pm

*The restriction does not apply to the Emergency Services

The ADWSZ will be marked by coloured buoys and patrolled by Sidmouth Lifeboat and associated craft.

The exclusion zone is indicated on the map below:


A failure to comply with this restriction could result in the air display being delayed, curtailed or even cancelled.  We therefore encourage spectators to watch the display from one of the many vantage points on shore.

General Safety

May we also take this opportunity to remind the public, particularly those with small children and/or pets to be aware of loud jet and aircraft engine noise during the display, and to ensure that adequate ear protection is worn where appropriate. As always, please remember to wear sun cream and to stay hydrated.

Thank you - we hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy the displays.

Plan a great day out this bank holiday weekend