Dawlish air show from the beach

This weekend we headed to Exmouth – it has a glorious sandy beach and, just as importantly this weekend, a great view across the water to Dawlish. This weekend was the Dawlish Air Show, and we knew the kids would enjoy watching all the aeroplanes and helicopters, as well as enjoying a day at the seaside.

Dawlish air show

While we waited for the air show to start we found a nice sandy spot to sit and the kids explored, rolled down the dunes, built sandcastles and paddled in the sea. The sea was COLD but the children didn’t seem to mind – even Max when he sat in it! 

Dawlish air show

The air show started with a fly over from the Sea King helicopter. This was just stunning, it flew right over our heads, so close that you could see the crew inside. The work these guys do is just amazing, and to see the helicopter so close was a real treat.

Dawlish air show

We sat and watched a real variety of planes perform, from small biplanes to huge Lancaster bombers. But the highlight for me was seeing the Red Arrows perform their amazing routine. It was like watching porty in motion and all 5 of us loved it.

Dawlish air show

We have never taken the children to see an airshow before. We wondered whether Max would be too small but he loved it, and kept pointing up at the sky, and Gemma and Jacob were enthralled, and happily sat on the picnic blanket watching the variety of aircraft on show. This combined with the fact that we were sat enjoying one of the nicest beaches the Devon coast has to offer made for one of the best family days out we have had in a long time.



  1. August 25, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    I am longing for those clear blue skies as I watch it raining outside today! The display looks wonderful against the blue beyond. Well worth taking the family down to watch and ideal to have the beach there to play as well. Hoping this will come to Country Kids next week. Popping by from Magic Moments

    • kate
      August 25, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      Definitely – I had this earmarked as a #CountryKids post!

      • August 30, 2014 / 9:45 pm

        Thanks for linking up and sharing your fab day out with Country Kids.

  2. August 25, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    I feel terrible, I forgot to take the kids to the air show in Fowey. You look like you had fun though…

  3. August 25, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    I was also on Exmouth Beach this weekend watching the air show, it was fantastic wasn’t it? Loved the red arrows and the Lacaster Bombers. Great post, love your photos. I Have also blogged about our fantastic day.
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    • kate
      August 25, 2014 / 7:09 pm

      Oh how funny – off to read your post!

  4. August 25, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    What an awesome location to watch an air show! Now I see where your fantastic sunday photo came from too 🙂
    Sounds like you had a great time!
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    • kate
      August 25, 2014 / 8:04 pm

      We really did, something we all enjoyed. It feels very special to be able to see things such as the Red Arrows and Lancaster Bombers.

  5. August 25, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    Looks like a great day. We’ve never been to the air show before, we should do really as it’s just down the road from us. Lovely photos 🙂
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    • kate
      August 25, 2014 / 8:05 pm

      It’s definitely worth a trip!

  6. August 26, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    Used to go to loads of airshows and tired of them a bit. OH is ex RAF and obsessed with all things planes. I think the ones by the sea are great as plenty to entertain if the children get a bit bored. Went to Sunderland many moons ago and may head to Bournemouth one next weekend.
    Lovely photos and brought back memories of Exmouth as I used to live in Exeter in another lifetime.

  7. August 30, 2014 / 8:52 am

    That sounds wonderful-perfect combination I think. I’d like to take our two to an air show, we’ve not been yet.

  8. September 1, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Always love airshows and we always say they are not human but super human to posses such power to do those stunts! What a lovely day! #countrykids
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