Frequently Asked Questions

Transport & Travel

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Air Waves takes place along the Eastern Peninsula (1.5km) of the Town.

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To ensure the best possible flow of traffic, visitors are asked to follow the directional event signs on approach to the town. Please note that East Strand car park hosts the South Village and therefore is not available for parking however all other pubic car parks remain available on a first come first serve basis.

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 and no overnight parking). Only vehicles which can fit entirely within the white lines will be permitted.

There will be two park and ride sites operating from 10am on Saturday and Sunday from Route 1 Rugby Avenue & Route 2 The Pitts at the following times:

10:00-13:00 3 buses to operate a 15min frequency

13:00-17:00 3 buses to operate 30min frequency

17:00-19:00 3 buses to operate a 15min frequency


Route 1 as follows: Rugby Avenue to Portrush via Gateside to drop off at the bottom of Ballywillan Road. Note, pick up will be the opposite side of the road.

Route 2 as follows: The Paddocks straight to Portrush with drop-off before the entrance to West Strand car park. Return pick up point will be the same as the drop off point.


Saturday Evening Portstewart Concert

From 19:00 one bus to operate a 15 min service from the Pitts to Portstewart and drop-off will be on Old Coach Road which will also be the pickup point for the return to the Pitts, last bus departs Old Coach Road at 23:00. This will also drop off at Rugby Avenue if required. 

General Event Information

This event is FREE! So bring all your friends and family for a fun FREE day out!

Spectator viewing stretches from the northern tip of the peninsula (Lansdowne) along the coastal promenade, past the arcadia and down to the East Strand. The best viewing of the air displays is at Village North (Lansdowne Green) allowing use of the improved display line and the spectacular backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. 

Yes, the beach from “The Burn” to Curran Point (including all the sand dunes) is a prohibited area because of the display line. Any infringement will result in the cancellation of the air displays. 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.

This map shows the layout of the event which is divided between two main areas – Village North (Lansdowne Green) and Village South (East Strand car park).  See map for details.

The map can also be found within the supplement in the Belfast Telegraph 

Times of the event are subject to change however each day there will be displays from 1pm until 5pm. Visitors are advised to follow the Air Waves Facebook Page for the most up to date display schedule information. 


There are event toilets located in both village North & South as well as public toilets which you will find marked out on the map here. There are public accessible toilets located in the Harbour Car Park, Kerr Street and East Strand.

A new mobile toilet facility designed for those living with a disability the “Mobiloo” will be situated in East Strand Car Park Saturday and Sunday and will travel to the Crescent Area in Portstewart for the Air Waves Concert on Saturday evening.

Portstewart Concert

Entertainment will begin at 7pm with MC Brian Moore warming up the crowd before the Pailis Swing band take to the stage. From 9pm Four Global Stars will take to the sky for a magical pyrotechnic display followed by fireworks –see here for more detail

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