Attractions for 2018!

Air Waves Portrush is ready for take off!! Now firmly established as the biggest free airshow and festival on the island of Ireland, Air Waves Portrush will deliver a packed programme of aerial entertainment, as well as a host of land- and water-based activities and events.  Both days will be hosted across two main areas on the Portrush Strand- Village South and North.


Village South

The main exhibition site is contained within East Strand Car Park (Village South) with various aviation displays from the RAF and Ulster Aviation Society, with the size of the structures and attractions these are positioned prominently at the front of the site.  There are amazing have a go activities provided by the Army and Navy and the largest STEM experience ever to attend the show.  All of these assets are positioned on the tarmac car park along with the Hospitality marquee and Motor Village.

Bring a chair (or possibly an umbrella!) and soak up the views from the East Strand Beach! 


The STEM Village- Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths!

At the STEM Village you will find many interactive, fun and engaging STEM employers and educators waiting to help you discover what interests you! Follow their twitter to keep up to date on their goings on @STEM_airwaves or click here to view their facebook page

All the action from the STEM village 2017! 


Ulster Aviation Society Exhibit and Marquee

Climb into the cockpit of a Cold War bomber, discover at close quarters the exotic lines of a legendary Spitfire fighter or pack the kids into a helicopter for a photo while they enjoy a ground-bound flight of fancy! Inside the large marquee you’ll discover exhibits which open a window into Northern Ireland’s amazing aviation heritage, with stories of the people who made it all happen! Click here to check out their Facebook or follow their Twitter feed on @UlsterAviation to keep up to date with them

A restored Nash & Thompson F.N.4A turret 


Armed Forces Village 

Come along to meet members of the armed forces from the Navy, Army and Air Force where you can discover who they are, the skills they need and the equipment involved in the operations they have undertaken! This exhibition is a great opportunity to wonder around and learn a thing or two about a day in the life of the armed forces

Demonstrations at the Armed Forces Village



Village North

At Lansdowne Green & Antrim Gardens (Village North) there are the many delights of the Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Market along with Model Aircraft displays, Military Vehicles and re-enactments.  There is a food village and soft play section at one end of the green and at the other the Sea Cadets provide a fast and exciting recruitment experience for young people wishing to try out the high ropes climbing wall.



Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market

(located at Antrim Gardens)

This uniquely artisan market offers colourful arts & crafts and delicious local produce made by locals who are passionate about what they do! Here you can browse the producer’s wares, take the time to talk and learn about age-old craft techniques, cooking expertise, and well-tuned skills. Discover hidden talents, discover new products and enjoy all this community market has to offer.

Some of the local produce on offer!


Static Helicopter Display (recreation grounds at Ramore Head)

Royal Navy Wildcat (both days)

both cops web big

The Vietnam Pair: Bell Huey and Hughes Loach (both days)


Meet the Cadets

The Sea Cadets and Army Cadets will be here to share their knowledge with you on a day in their lives. Come along to get more information on how you could become a cadet or simply to hear some of their many interesting stories.



Village South and Village North



Fun Zone

In both our North and South Village there will be plenty to entertain the kids (and the big kids!) at our fun zone



Trade Stands and Exhibition Units

In both the South and North Village you will find a whole range of trade stalls and exhibition stands to wonder around. Whether you are trying to get a bargain or more information on a local business or organisation there will be something here for everyone!


Trade and exhibition stalls in full swing!


Motor Village

Come along to the Motor Village to check out all the latest models from some of the biggest and best car dealers around



Food Village

In both the Village South and North there will be plenty of opportunities to over indulge in some grub



Downtown/ Downtown Country & Cool FM

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