Air Waves Portrush takes place on the eastern side of the resort allowing use of the improved display line and the spectacular backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. The beautiful award-winning beach will again be available for spectators. This map shows the layout of the event: Spectating is possible all along the eastern peninsula (1.5km) but the best viewing of the air displays is at Village North (Lansdowne Green). Exhibition space is divided between two main areas – Village North (Lansdowne Green) and Village South (East Strand car park). See map for details.
As usual, there is free admission and free parking including additional park and ride facilities for 2017. Spectator viewing stretches from the northern tip of the peninsula at Lansdowne and along the coastal promenade, past the Arcadia, to East Strand. Viewing is permitted from the beach (from The Arcadia to ‘The Burn’) so bring your picnic blankets. The beach from ‘The Burn’ to Curran Point (and all the sand dunes) is a prohibited area because of the display line. Any infringement will result in the cancellation of the air displays. Please note there is no access to the sea from the Arcadia to Curran Point. Whiterocks Beach will operate as usual although pedestrian between Whiterocks Beach to Portrush town is not possible.
The two large exhibition spaces, Village North (Lansdowne) and Village South (East Strand), book-end the coastal promenade and offer excellent viewing of the air displays. Each area has different attractions and a visit to both is essential.
Translink is kindly increasing the rail capacity during the show. Anybody with a valid ticket to travel (bus or rail) on that day can purchase the souvenir brochure for only £3 (normally £5). This offer is ONLY redeemable at the sales tent at the entrance to Village South (Causeway Street).
Sat nav setting is BT56 8AL
Free parking is available and to ensure the best possible flow of traffic visitors are asked to follow the yellow event signs on approach to the town.
Please note that East Strand car park is closed to vehicles and most of Lansdowne Car Park is reserved for guests of the Silver Wings Chalet.
A special enclosure for Blue Badge vehicles only will be available at Lower Lansdowne Crescent (Village North) on a first come first served basis (Open from 9am to 7pm each day, reservation is not possible, no overnight parking). Only vehicles which can fit entirely within the white lines will be permitted.
To improve circulation there will be diversions on some roads with access to residents and passholders only.
Cyclists may lock their bikes to the railings at The Bowl (opposite the entrance to Village South on Causeway Street) at their own risk.
The rest of your visit
Make a weekend of it – check out www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com for accommodation details and special offers as well as lots of information on other activities for your enjoyment in the area. We highly recommend that you extend your visit to enjoy some excellent local food in celebration of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink – you will be spoiled for choice with cafes, restaurants and bistros to suit every budget.