Fairford Air Tattoo 2013

The RAF Fairford International Air Tattoo starts today (Friday 19 July). Poor weather has blighted the event for the past two years, but organisers are expecting huge crowds over the weekend with a fine forecast.

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Thousands flock to Fairford for Air Tattoo

The Met Office says heatwave warnings for the south west have now been downgraded - with forecasters confirming temperatures have cooled.

Just yesterday organisers of this year's Royal International Air Tattoo asked visitors to come prepared and brought in extra water to give to the crowds.

But instead of hot weather, their main concern was whether cloud would stop displays going ahead.

Laura Makin-Isherwood reports.



Royal International Air Tattoo - travel information

Getting there by car Credit: Royal Air Tattoo

Travelling by car

Motorists are urged to follow the 'colour-coded' signs to and from RAF Fairford to ensure swifter access to and from the Air Tattoo. Road signs will direct traffic to the main designated entry routes via the A417 and A419.**


Additional overflow routes also exist to relieve congestion on all the main routes.

Drivers should however be aware that once in the vicinity of RAF Fairford, they will be directed onto the designated RIAT routes as agreed with the Police (see above).

Tune into Air Tattoo Live on 87.7 MHz for traffic reports and airshow news.

Travelling by train

With fast, direct rail services to Swindon from London, Oxford, Wales and the West, the easiest way to arrive at the Air Tattoo is to catch a train to Swindon and then transfer to an express shuttle bus bound for RAF Fairford.

Travelling by coach

Thinking of visiting the Royal International Air Tattoo this summer? Why not try travelling by coach? Saves the hassle of driving and parking, which just leaves you to sit back and enjoy the journey. Click here for information.

Shuttle buses

On Saturday and Sunday, a return bus service is run from Swindon Bus Station to the show. The first bus incoming to RAF Fairford leaves Swindon Bus Station at 7:00am and the last incoming bus leaves Swindon Bus Station at 12:30pm.

The first outgoing bus to Swindon Bus Station leaves RAF Fairford at 2:00pm and the last outgoing bus leaves RAF Fairford at 7:30pm. Single tickets are priced £3.50 (adult) and £2.00 (child). Return tickets are priced £6.00 (adult) and £4.00 (child).

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