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Aircraft simulator rides among ground entertainment for Wales Airshow

Visitors to Swansea's Wales Airshow on the weekend will be able to experience how it feels to cut through the sky in state-of-the-art planes.

Airshow ground entertainment

RAF Red Arrows and Typhoon simulator rides will be among the ground-based entertainment throughout the event, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday (July 1 and July 2).

Swansea Council is behind the Wales Airshow, with Swansea University on board this year as the event's main sponsor.

Other ground-based activities in the area of the city promenade will include a range of staged entertainment close to the cenotaph from 11am to 5.30pm on both days of the event, which will also include performances from the Band of the HM Royal Marines Plymouth.

A replica RAF Chinook will also be present as well as a selection of military trucks, display trailers and inflatables, a mobile climbing wall, trade stands and a funfair located in the Civic Centre's west car park.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "As well as all the airborne displays forming part of the Wales Airshow this weekend, a huge variety of ground-based entertainment has also been arranged.

"Ranging from live music and replica aircraft to live demonstrations, trade stands and the chance for our young people to join organisations like the Air Cadets, the ground-based entertainment is a key part of what's grown over the years to become the best free event of its kind in Wales.

"We're expecting over 200,000 people to enjoy the Wales Airshow in Swansea this weekend, with city centre businesses due to benefit from millions of pounds worth of extra spending.

"I'd encourage people to download the Wales Airshow App, sponsored by the Oxwich Bay Hotel, to keep up to speed with display times. Motorists should also be mindful of the road closures that have been put in place to make the event as safe as possible by allowing extra time when planning their journeys, given the high volume of traffic due to the crowds expected to attend."

Aircraft taking part in the Airshow include Team Raven sponsored by Swansea University; the Red Arrows, the RAF Typhoon Display Team, sponsored by Pennant Homes; the Bristol Blenheim, sponsored by The Village Hotel; the Lauren Richardson bi-plane, sponsored by Parker Plant; the RAF Chinook, sponsored by Days Rental, the Tigers parachute display team, the MiG-15, the Strikemaster, Gyro Air Displays and the RAF Tutor.

The Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also take part, although the Lancaster will now not be performing due to maintenance reasons.

This year, increased safety and security measures mean Oystermouth Road will be closed in both directions from its junction with West Way to its junction with Sketty Lane from about 10am to about 6pm on both days of the event .

Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/airshow or www.walesairshow.co.uk to download the Airshow App, or to find out more information about road closures, diversions and event car parks.


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