Two-day air festival to entertain crowds

PUBLISHED: 16:31 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 29 June 2018

John Beddis with his model Cosair.

John Beddis with his model Cosair.


Model aeroplanes will take to the skies above Claverham and Yatton at a two-day festival this weekend.

Enthusiasts will be flocking to the Claverham Drove airfield for Woodspring Wings Model Aircrafts Club’s annual showpiece event.

Show director Chris Armitage said: “Known as the South West’s premier model air show, the event will again include continuous displays from 10am-5pm by highly-skilled international show pilots, flying single and multi-engine aircraft models depicting aviation throughout the years from early biplanes to modern jet fighters.

“The show is complemented by static displays and numerous trade marquees and has been well received and enjoyed by many thousands of visitors since the inaugural show in the early 1990s.”

While the focus is on model planes, there will not exclusively dominate the show.

Chris said: “We have had full-size fly pasts over the past two years when the Red Arrows and a Spitfire graced the skies over the show and this year will be special – the BBMF Lancaster bomber will be making three passes over the show.

“Crowds will have a magnificent view of this icon and the sound of four Merlin engines over the Somerset countryside has to be special.”

It will take place at 2.35pm on Sunday afternoon.

Chris added: “We will also have an even bigger and better Battle of Woodspring simulated air battle with Pyros provided by special effects team Firemagic.

“Last year’s display each day really wowed the crowd with its exciting action and sounds.

“This year we will have even more realistic effects including onboard smoke systems and bomb bursts across the field.”

Bars, food stalls and more will ensure visitors will have plenty to enjoy while watching the displays.

The festival will run on tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday and parking is free.

For more details about the show, visit

Tickets, priced £10 for over-16s, will be available to cash buyers on the day.

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