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Abingdon Air & Country Show 2024

Abingdon Air & Country Show 2024

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Abingdon Fayre first started in 2000 as a small fete. In the years since then the show has grown in stature. Attendances have increased, and at the 2009 show there were over 10,000 people. For many years the show was known simply as the Abingdon Fayre, but in 2007 the show's title changed to Abingdon Air & Country Show to more accurately reflect the show's content.

Although held on a military establishment, the show is a civilian event. It is organised entirely by volunteers, with proceeds being donated to a local charity.

Abingdon Air & Country Show 2024:

21 September - Abingdon Air & Country Show 2024

Abingdon Air & Country Show - 21 Sept 2024:

Participating aircraft schedule:

(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

Supermarine Spitfire XIVe (Ultimate Warbirds) (F)
BAC Jet Provost T5 (Jeff Bell) (F)
Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (Hurricane Heritage) (F)
Westland Lynx Mk7 - XZ179 (F)

The Abingdon Air & Country Show was initially being held on Saturday 18th May 2024 but has been postponed to 21st September 2024. Details below:

From the official Abingdon Facebook Page (10.5.24):


Due to exceptional circumstances well beyond our control sadly our 2024 event being held on Saturday 18th May is postponed.

The reason being there is ongoing Ministry of Defence 'correspondance' that cannot be resolved in the timescale to the Air & Country Show which was due to take place in just over a week.

However positive steps from the Ministry of Defence are being taken to resolve it in good time to allow us to re-stage an event much later in the year.

We are sorry for the news but the committee and core volunteers are looking forward to seeing you soon with the new date to be announced once known.

Thank you for your support.

All participants are being informed during today & ticket holders stand by for correspondance from the ticket provider.


NEW 2024 DATE:

After various discussions, a high level meeting at the Barracks & some time to reflect, we are delighted to announce the new date is to be Saturday 21st September after the unfortunate postponement of the original May date which was outside of our control.

This is something between the Establishment & the MAA (Military Aviation Authority) thats ongoing and we are thankful to both parties in their continuing effort to sort things out over time.

However in the short term this means the show will adapt for its continued survival as a community show rather than we call it a day after 23 years of existence. So what does this mean?

The Ground attractions will continue and we hope to diversify it a little more for a broader range of things to enjoy / browse through. On the Aviation side, in line with current restrictions we hope to have operational commitments permitting a small military static aircraft area for local engagement aswell as a small number of privately owned helicopters, however no fixed wing privately owned aircraft will land (as they had done in previous years).

There will be Flying Displays during the afternoon but most will operate from / to their home bases and there will be the popular Radio Controlled Model flying segment too.

Its pleasing that most traders, exhibitors that were booked for the original May event have 'rolled over' to the new date as have all the infrastructure companies and sponsors so we owe them a huge thank you aswell as all the volunteers signed up to help us.

More details to follow very soon and a new look website to follow soon but thank you to all our supporters with tickets available soon too from the website (Adults £20, Seniors over 65 £10, Child 5-15 £7).

Abingdon Air and Country Show 2024 Maps

Satnav Postcode: OX13 6JQ (Gate A)
Satnav Postcode: OX13 6BX (Gate B)
On the day ticket sales - Gate A
Advanced ticket holders - Gate B

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About Abingdon:
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County: Oxfordshire
Satnav Postcode: OX13 6JQ (Gate A)
Satnav Postcode: OX13 6BX (Gate B)
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Advanced ticket holders - Gate B

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UK Airshows 2024:
UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Flying legends Airshow - cancelled
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riviera Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
Headcorn Battle of Britain
Old Buckenham Airshow
East Kirkby Airshow
Sywell Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show - cancelled
UK Airshows (Scotland):
International Ayr Show
UK Airshows (Northern Ireland):
NI International Airshow
UK Airshows (Channel Islands):
Jersey International Air Display
Guernsey Air Display
Flypasts/Events 2024:
King's Birthday Flypast

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Abingdon Airfield History
The airfield was opened in 1932, initially as a training station for RAF Bomber Command. After the war it became part of RAF Transport Command, and also became the home of No 1 Parachute Training School.

About 1948-49 No. 47 Group Headquarters of RAF Transport Command was at RAF Abingdon. The station, its personnel and aircraft (Yorks and Hastings) were involved in the Berlin Airlift. In 1952 a ferry unit was based at RAF Abingdon. It moved Mosquito, Hornet, Meteor, Vampire and Spitfire aircraft. In 1953 all flying units dispersed to other units to make way for Nos. 24 and 47 Squadrons operating Handley Page Hastings. In 1955 the Handley Page Hastings were replaced by the Blackburn Beverley.

Besides London University Air Squadron, the Oxford University Air Squadron was based at RAF Abingdon. Abingdon was also the home of No. 6 AEF (Air Experience Flight) operating between 6-8 DHC Chipmunks for ATC/CCF Air Cadet flight experience training. In the late 1960s the Blackburn Beverleys' hangars had dormer extensions put in the roof to take the extra height of the tailplane of the Short Belfasts of No. 47 Squadron. From 1975 through to the 1990s, Abingdon became a maintenance field, with the AMS (Aircraft Maintenance Squadron) servicing BAE Hawk, SEPECAT Jaguar and Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft. From 1986 to 1988 RAF Abingdon became home to the Thames Valley Police Air Support Unit, flying a helicopter in support of police operations.

Today it is now known as Dalton Barracks and is used by the Royal Logistic Corps. A small RAF presence still continues at the airfield with 612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron flying in Grob Vigilant motor gliders, it is also regularly used for training by RAF Pumas and Merlins from nearby RAF Benson, and various rotary types have been known to pop in from time to time.

The Abingdon Air and Country Show has generated over £80,000 for charities since the first event in 2000.

Abingdon Air and Country Show 2019 was the last show to feature a full flying display, due to increased costs. The show will continue in 2020 with various ground entertainment and will feature a large fly-in as well as Hot Air Balloons, Flypasts and a possible small helicopter show. The popular Photo Nightshoot will also continue to take place the evening before show day.

For the 2020 Abingdon Air and Country Show an updated decision was made in that, Flying Displays will continue at Abingdon! However - it will be primarily limited to Helicopters of all types (to fit in the with Helicopter meet) whereby its possibly one of the UK's only 'Helimeet' shows with statics and flying displays with all three armed services being requested to take part aswell as a host of civilian helicopter operators and a few overseas air arms being invited.

The Abingdon Air and Country Show was cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) but went ahead in 2021.