Red Arrows To Appear At Scilly Islands’ Regatta

The Red Arrows. Copyright MoD/Crown

The Red Arrows. Copyright MoD/Crown

The Red Arrows are coming to Scilly this summer.

The Royal Air Force aerobatic team will perform a 20-minute display above the islands on Monday 29th August.

They’re coming as arguably the star attraction of the Islands’ Regatta, a new event for Scilly this year.

The four-day festival beginning on the 26th August will also include a visit from the Royal Navy, who are bringing a Type 23 Frigate to the islands for the weekend, a Parade of Sail as the Scillonian III departs on the Monday, and an ‘Around Island’ Race.

Classic boats will be visiting and dozens of redwing sailing boats will also be on the water between Sunday August 21st and the 29th as Scilly hosts the Redwing World Championships.

The Partnership is planning street entertainment and nautical themed demonstrations with live music by local and visiting musicians on Holgate’s Green.

There’s also the return of the much-loved RNLI Water Carnival on the Sunday, with favourites such as a slippery pole and ‘Dunk the Hunk’.

“We are very excited about the inaugural Islands’ Regatta event and, of course, securing the Red Arrows is a real coup for the islands and a first for the Isles of Scilly,” says Scilly Events Manager, Zoe Parry.

The final details for the Red Arrows display, including the exact time it will take place and recommended viewing locations, will be revealed following the team’s site visit to Scilly in May when they will be undertaking a full safety inspection on the ground and from the air.

“This is standard procedure for new venues, as safety for both the display team and for the spectators is paramount,” says Zoe.

The Islands’ Regatta is one of a series of new events on the islands for 2016, thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Other events include the Isles of Scilly Festival throughout May, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship UK Qualifier on 18th June and the Taste of Scilly food and drink festival running in September.

You can find out more about the Islands’ Regatta at the Partnership website here.

15 Responses to Red Arrows To Appear At Scilly Islands’ Regatta

  1. John Allsop March 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Lets just sit back and watch the “display”.

  2. Ian T. March 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Many islanders will have never seen a proper flying display let alone the Red Arrows. Scilly is benefitting from the tightening of safety requirements after the unfortunate accident at Shoreham last year so, whether it’s just a fly past or the full works, don’t knock it. Wish I could be there but we will be able to see them at Torquay this summer!

    • Anne Collins March 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Yes but on the other hand surprise surprise very many of us will; we also watch the news and know about the tragic crash of the Hawker Hunter on to the A27 at Shoreham!
      Why do you think you need to keep coming out with this patronising clap trap?

  3. Adam Morton, St.Martins March 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    So you are effectively saying the cost of a flight has gone up 72% and the price of a pint by 31%, sounds about right except that our pints went up 7p a pint in freight since christmas which proves the points I have been trying to get across for years. Basically a bunch of SSco directors and accommodation owners creating propaganda to allow them to maximise profits whilst getting in tourism experts to suggest that those who can’t afford a membership should be providing cut price services to sweeten up the visitors.
    To the other two , No I won’t shut up , whilst a problem exists I shall petition by whatever means I can until something happens. If I was after a popularity contest , I wouldn’t be on here. If it upsets a few moneybags then good! In 2013 this island had a meeting in the wake of the closures of the pub & hotel, I did my absolute best and spent every spare penny on bands and entertainment extra opening etc to give the visitors a good time to the point that after a summer of 100 hr weeks ,I couldn’t even take my own family off the islands for a few days, only to be told by an IP member that they were “piggy backing”MY business! So pardon me if I can’t share your complacency.

  4. Carole Cilia March 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I hate the red arrows

  5. Nimis Non est Satis March 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I remember the “Red Barrows” display team – Rotary club or Round Table does anybody else?

  6. Adam Morton, St.Martins March 15, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I’m not saying it hasn’t value in keeping the visitors we have but Scilly is full to bursting in this period. Its two weeks later in mid September we see a slump and then an even bigger one in October. Its not a question of accommodation providers taking a booking or two as much as anywhere else staying open. Numbers just aren’t viable unless most shut in October. Remember labour costs are vastly higher in areas other than letting. The thing that spoilt it was the new school attendance rules & fines which caused prices to spike in the holidays and a greatly reduced demand in shoulder periods.
    I have seen a marked increase in people on severe budgets in the early part of the season A good summer’s weather would be best for all concerned.

    • Baron Manfred von Richthofen March 15, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      With due respect Adam, couldn’t you give the pontification a rest for once and just be pleased,
      It will be wonderful!

      • Adam Morton, St.Martins March 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

        Without respect to your anonymity, you don’t have to read it! IMO IP is a rich man’s talking shop no more successful than its Council predecessor. We have the Council on one side claiming airport numbers are too low to support it and IP on the other claiming its a raging success- can’t have it both ways! It took over transport from the Council “talking shop” last year and what happened? Oh look , more talking! Their marketing is outdated and poorly targeted at people who were already coming at times which are already busy!All people actually want to know is whether anyone’s actually open, if they can actually get here and is it value for money . So pop auwf , put on your plus fours and smoke your cigar or whatever it is you do and come back when you’re man enough to put your own name & business!

        • Don March 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

          You’re funny Adam.

          Marketing outdated? What should it be doing then? Who should they be targeting and how?

          You can clearly see that tourism is foundering. If you go back to 2002 there were 270,000 passenger movements by air and sea, and by 2012 that number had come down to 205,062. This data does not separate tourists from locals, its ALL movements. So there’s not even a base from which to calculate tourist numbers from locals and building projects.

          Here’s a bit of research.

          All prices below are return flights to Lands End, for an adult, and NOT day returns:

          In 2002 it was £95 in the summer season.

          In 2003 it went to £103.
          (they displayed the return fare to Lands End as £91, but the small print said that an additional £12 was needed as an airport service charge, so that’s £103.)

          In 2004 it went to £108.50
          (this time they included the service charge with that.)

          In 2005 it went to £115
          (airport service charge for Lands End went up from £12 to £26, and a new fee appeared, a £2 fuel surcharge)

          In 2006 it was £119.

          In 2007 it was £125.

          In 2008 it was £135.

          In 2009 it then dropped to £129.

          In 2011 it was back up to £135.

          In 2012 it was down to £120.
          (best data I could find online, might be wrong)

          In 2013 it was up to £140.

          In 2016 it is now £164.
          (NB you try to book a single journey it costs in the region of £80, but it depends on time of year, booking numbers etc, but it’s at least £70, but often can cost £82, so let’s say it’s possible to be paying £164.)

          So, over the course of 12 years, the average price of a return trip to Lands End has increased by £69.

          I’m not even sure it’s totally unreasonable, maybe someone can let us know?

          That said, between 2002 and 2012 the average price of a pint rose by 88p.

        • Jon Mackenzie March 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

          I won’t be anonymous – you sir are the most negative sod in existence. Give it a bloody rest, just once, please?

        • Oh did I just say that? March 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

          Oh do give it a rest, constant moaning just becomes boring in the end.
          If you think you could do it better then stand for council, in other words put up or shut up!

  7. Barbara Simpson March 14, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    How brilliant. I’ve seen the RedArrows several times and they are completely wonderful. What a lovely boost for the islands. Fingers crossed for perfect weather.

  8. Jay Roberts March 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Is this a display or fly past?

  9. Adrian March 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    As a putative REDWING sailor I look forward to the fleeting visit by our, younger ‘cousins’ with redwings but though we will be quieter I think we will grace the view for longer!!