Festival Of Flight Focus On Youth Activities

This August will see the return of the much-anticipated Festival of Flight sponsored by Rockwell Collins, over the shores of Newcastle in scenic County Down.

Known to be one of the favourite events in the summer calendar, Festival of Flight will return next weekend. Saturday 11 August will feature a stunning airborne display, led by the Red Arrows and complemented by family fun events including an Aviation Centre, Food Village, Live Music and an RAF100 STEM and Youth Zone. These activities will be located at Castle Park and Donard Playing Fields.

Looking forward to the Festival of Flight: Young enthusiasts can’t wait for the big day! 

The RAF100 STEM and Youth Zone will concentrate on innovation in the world of aviation in a bid to encourage young people to explore the world of aerospace. There will also be the opportunity for the public to get up close to iconic aircraft from the RAF’s 100-year history and immerse themselves in technology progressions in aeronautics. The aircraft tour will be located in Donard Park. All areas are available to visit for free on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August.

A uniquely designed RAF100 Flypast App is downloadable for mobile phones and tablets.  As the RAF have chosen Newcastle, Northern Ireland for their 100th year celebrations, bespoke elements have been designed specifically for the Festival of Flight.  It gives the user the opportunity to view a Red Arrows flypast in Augmented Reality, collect and store 3D models of aircrafts and reveal stories and information about each aircraft. The app is available to download on Apple and Google Play app stores by searching RAF100 AR Flypast.

Rachel McHugh & Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry Mourne and Down District Council in flight mode for the Festival of Flight.

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down Council said: “The Festival of Flight is a spectacular weekend, perfect for a great family day out.  Newcastle will be transformed into an aviation hub, not only for people to enjoy the airborne display but to be captivated by the festival as a whole.

“With particular focus on STEM, I believe this will provide invaluable experience for young people to expand their knowledge, preparing the next generation to grow within the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.”

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Ahead of the upcoming Festival Flight on Saturday 11 August, organisers have issued out an important navigation warning to all Mariners and Pleasure Craft Users asking them to follow its guidance to ensure the show runs undisrupted.

Please note that due to necessary restrictions in place for the Festival of Flight, it is important that all vessels observe the following boundaries from 14:00 to 18:30pm.

Marker 1: LAT 54° 13’ 33.6” N

LONG 005° 51’ 14.8” W

Marker 5 LAT 54° 10’ 51.1” N

LONG 005° 51’ 57.6” W

All vessels are asked to remain to the EAST of the line from Marker 1 to Marker 5 for the duration of the Air Show.

If a vessel is required to make its way to Newcastle for Emergency reasons, it must contact Belfast Coastguard/MRCC and arrangements will be put in place to have the vessel escorted into Newcastle Harbour by Newcastle ALB.



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