The Abingdon Air and Country Show is one of the traditional season opening events. Returning to its usual slot over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Abingdon is a really fun way to start the season. This year saw a varied mix of flying displays supported by a fly-in themed around the Royal Air Force centenary, the country fayre style arena and showground, plus many other attractions.
Flightline UK, 2018
Now in its 17th year, the Abingdon Air and Country Show raises significant sums of money for local charities with over £75,000 raised to date. Being much more to than just an air display, there is plenty to entertain the entire family including displays by the Thames Valley Police Mounted division and falconry amongst those taking place in the arena and a sizeable classic and military vehicle display that attracted much attention. Interestingly for 2016, the stalls that run along the crowd line appeared to have been moved back slightly, giving a larger viewing area of the main display axis. This gave a much less cramped and more comfortable feel during the afternoons flying.
Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Abingdon Air & Country Show – under the leadership of Neil Porter and his dedicated team – excelled themselves again by bringing together a fantastic family day out, despite somewhat challenging conditions both before and during the show.
What a day! I am sat here still feeling a little flushed after basking in the sunshine at Abingdon, actually, truth be told, my face is pretty much glowing and my neck is quite sore! That’s a small price to pay though when I got to spend the day enjoying all that Abingdon had to offer and with so many friendly faces.
Global Aviation Resource, 2013
This was another good show and credit is due to the organizers and ground team who last year raised £5000 for the Air Ambulance, the numbers attending looked even better than last year perhaps due to the good weather report. The team can be content that their reputation was once again enhanced by the delivery of a great show, but how will Neil Porter top the attendance of a C-17 next year?.
Neil Porter and his team at Abingdon should be congratulated for producing a well organised event that was well varied as well as entertaining. Blessed by a gap in the bad weather this event has set an impressive standard for other organisers to achieve this season whilst providing the public with extremely good value for money.
Flightline UK, 2004
Neil once again pulled off a great show – and all for the grand sum of £4 per adult and all proceeds to charity – compare with the ever-increasing prices at larger shows and all the traffic hassle and crowdline fighting they get you involved in! Small is beautiful...here’s hoping next year's Abingdon Fayre is as much fun, and that the wind calms down a bit.
Air-Scene UK, 2003
One of the things I like about smaller events is the less formal feel to them, and the more exuberant flying you often get to see as a result.
Air-Scene UK, 2002