Cotswold Airport is offering local traders and businesses attractive discounted packages to trade at the Best of British Show alongside the world famous Royal Air Force aerobatic display team the Red Arrows on August Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 26th and Monday 27th).

Best of British Airshow

The Red Arrows will be based from Cotswold Airport for the entire show weekend and is guaranteed to attract over 20,000 visitors at this inaugural event celebrating all that is iconic about Britain from British culture, inventions, entertainment, food and drink.  The show theme is suited to local companies looking to promote locally-sourced products or services including food concessions, arts and crafts, clothing, memorabilia and innovation.

The Best of British Show is a fun-packed family event featuring the Red Arrows during a three-hour afternoon air show each day. Glen Moreman, Operations Manager at Cotswold Airport commented: “We are delighted to welcome the Red Arrows to headline the inaugural Best of British Show alongside other British favourites the RAF Hawk and RAF Tucano Display Teams, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tiger Nine formation, Ultimate High Extra300 unlimited aerobatics and The Silver Stars Parachute Display Team.”

In the morning of each day, a show arena will entertain animal lovers with the Lamb National, Lurcher and Ferret Racing, Birds of Prey demonstrations and an interactive wildlife zoo featuring meerkats, rabbits, reptiles and spiders. Scenic pleasure flights will be on offer with Classic Flights in the graceful de Havilland Dragon Rapide, while helicopter flights are available with HH Helicopters.

On the sound stage Stroud-based musicians The Outcast Band, The Approval and 1940s trio The Three Belles will perform, while classic cars and vintage military vehicles will be on display representing the British love of vehicles.  Visitors can browse the trade and craft fair offering locally-sourced organic crafts, afternoon cream teas, Pimms or English beer before a spin around the traditional British funfair.

Cotswold Airport is keen to invite the very best of Cotswolds’ traders to attend the Best of British Show in what is planned to be an annual event. To register as a local trader to receive attractive discounts email Helen Tempest on

Red Arrows return to their spiritual home The Red Arrows were based at the former RAF Kemble (now Cotswold Airport) for nearly 20 years during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.  The historic Gloucestershire aerodrome is often referred to as the Red Arrows’ spiritual home by both pilots and fans alike.

Glen Moreman, Operations Manager at Cotswold Airport told the Gloucestershire Standard: “It is a welcome sight to see the Reds back displaying in the skies above the Cotswolds and their presence will add a real buzz to our inaugural Best of British Show representing all that is iconic about Britain.

“Many residents will remember seeing the team practicing several times a day in the skies around Kemble.  There are still many strong links between the team and this area – indeed a number of former pilots and team members still live locally – and I know that the team always look forward and enjoy returning to display at Kemble.

In fact, one of the 2012 Red Arrows Display Pilots is a local lad, Red 5, Squadron Leader Martin Higgins who was born in Bristol.  Martin, age 40, flew the Tornado F3 before joining the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.  Martin studied at Colston’s School in Bristol, before studying for a degree in Aeronautics at Southampton University. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1993. Following flying training Martin became a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) for three years on the HawkT1 at Royal Air Force Valley.

Meet the Red Arrows A number of ‘Meet the Pilots’ signings will take place during the two days of the Best of British Show weekend for visitors to take photos and obtain autographs at the RAF Benevolent Fund stand.  Timings will appear in the show programme and will be announced on the commentary during the show.