Frequently Asked Questions

About Farnborough Friday

Why is there no longer a Public Weekend?
For many years the Public Airshow was a very popular event, but expectations have changed, and this aspect of our show no longer entertains in the way it once did, something reflected in dwindling attendance as well as negative feedback.

Feedback showed that a lack of fast jets as part of the weekend flying display did not excite the Public, and this is something out of our control.

What can we expect from Farnborough Friday?
We know the Airshow has the power to excite and engage like nothing else which is why on the Friday of trade week, we welcome the Public to the show with a focus on young people and those looking for a career in aerospace and aviation. As part of the trade day programme our plan is to bring STEM subjects to life in interesting and meaningful ways through the industries, technologies and companies from around the world. Aimed at 11-21 year olds there will be plenty of activity including a Careers Hub, STEM Trail, exhibition stand activities and final of the Rocketry Challenge. We are also working in partnership with a number of organisations including: Winchester Science Centre, the Royal Aeronautical Society, IET, Aviation Skills Foundation, and the STEM Flyer 7 Continents Challenge.

How will the day be structured?
As a trade day, the exhibition halls will be open providing those attending Farnborough Friday with access to people, companies and innovation for the first time since 2012.

Activities include:

- Careers Hub and live Job Board
- Comprehensive speaker programme
- Hands-on activities with exhibitors using innovation to demonstrate the application of STEM subjects
- Rocketry Challenge final

Involvement from companies throughout the global supply chain, from primes to SMEs, and delivered in conjunction with aerospace trade association ADS Group.

My children are under 11 years old, can they still attend?
The show is open to all, but the content is aimed at 11 – 21-year olds.

Which charities does the Airshow support?
For 2020 we have partnered with sight saving charity, Orbis. If you would like to nominate your charity as our next official Airshow charity, please contact us via the “contact us” section on our website www.farnboroughairshow.com.

Are there any discounts for charities wishing to exhibit?
Due to the large volume of requests we receive from a wide variety of charitable organisations, we have taken the decision to focus our main charitable efforts on the official Airshow charity.

How do I purchase a pass?
Please register online to attend Farnborough Friday. https://www.farnboroughairshow.com/farnborough-friday/register-for-your-pass/

Please note that passes are strictly non-transferable and valid for the registered visitor only.

How much are passes?

Farnborough Friday Visitor

24 July

Visitor Print at Home

£25 inc VAT

Farnborough Friday Visitor Senior Citizen

24 July

Visitor Print at Home

£22.50 inc VAT

Farnborough Friday Groups

24 July

Visitor Print at Home

FOC

Farnborough Friday 11 – 21 Years

 

24 July

Visitor Print at Home

FOC


Can I buy passes on the day?

We encourage all Trade Visitors to register in advance to save both time and money. There will be limited facilities for visitors to register on the day and there is an increased cost (from £37+ VAT advance to £58 + VAT). There will be a wait whilst your registration is processed and verified and this may delay you entering the show.

Farnborough Friday Passes are limited and we would encourage you to register in advance. We cannot guarantee there will be passes for sale at the gate on the day.


Are there any concessions?
There is a 10% discount available to senior citizens attending Farnborough Friday. There are no concessions available Monday – Thursday. Passes can be purchased online at https://www.farnboroughairshow.com/farnborough-friday/register-for-your-pass/ 

Is there a contact for registration enquiries?
Please contact: FIA REGISTRATION TEAM, Telephone: +44(0)151 6495156, Email: [email protected] 

Who can visitors contact if they did not receive a confirmation email after registering?
Please contact: FIA REGISTRATION TEAM, Telephone: +44(0)151 6495156, Email: [email protected]

Do you offer reserved seating?
There is no reserved seating and no grandstand area as in previous shows.

Are the passes more expensive than last year?
No, it is cheaper than the 2018 show. The pass price is £25.

You haven’t announced any planes yet – why would I want to buy a pass for Friday?
We will be communicating regular updates about plans for Farnborough Friday through all our social media channels and in the general media.

What is the maximum number of passes I can purchase for Friday?
There is no maximum. Each adult can bring up to three children. Information on registering as an educational or organised youth group can be found at https://www.farnboroughairshow.com/farnborough-friday/register-for-your-pass/ 

What time does the show start and end?

Farnborough Friday (Limited Public Access)

24 July

09:00 - 17:30

Flying Display*

13:30 – 17:00

 

Who can attend during the trade week?
From Monday – Friday the Farnborough International Airshow is a trade event. Monday – Thursday content is entirely business focussed and not suitable for the broader public. The show is open to all on Farnborough Friday but the content is aimed at 11 – 21 year olds.

Is there free car parking available?
If you are travelling to the show by car, there is free parking available on the Queens Parade ground. There will be yellow AA signs and traffic marshals directing traffic to the appropriate car parks. Please follow the yellow AA signs with the blue P. All car parks are serviced by accessible shuttle buses which will take you to the show site. There are some car parks from where it is possible to walk to the site.

Can I take photos/film the event?
The use of photographic equipment is allowed for private and domestic purposes only. All other recording and any transmission are prohibited. As a condition of entry to the Airshow you assign to the Organiser (by way of a present assignment of future copyright) the copyright in any photographs or recording you make at the Airshow. PLEASE NOTE: The Organiser’s official photographers take photographs and video recordings of attendees during the Airshow and may use these for marketing purposes.

Can I bring and fly my own drone (UAS) to take photographs or film at the show?
No. Due to the nature of the event, the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones for filming or photography is strictly prohibited on site, unless arranged by the Organiser.

Will the show go ahead if it is raining?
The show will go ahead regardless of the weather. If it does rain, the Flying Display will still take place, however the Organiser reserves the right to cancel or amend any part of the Flying Display due to adverse weather conditions.

Are there any covered areas for protection from the sun or the rain?
All the exhibition halls are covered.

Can I smoke at the Airshow?
In line with UK law, smoking is limited to certain outdoor areas. Smoking is not permitted in any enclosed space i.e. halls, chalets or cafes, or in close proximity to aircraft.

Can I bring my dog to the show?
No dogs, (or any pets), apart from guide and assistance dogs are allowed on the show site.

Can I book onsite parking for Friday?
You can purchase onsite parking via our website.

A limited number (500) of spaces are available at £20 per car on Friday 24 July. The parking spaces are in Car Park 6 onsite with access to Gate F security on foot. Spaces will be sold on a first come first served basis and visitors will be sent their labels by post, at least two weeks before the event.

What should I do if I become separated from my child or vulnerable adult?
Any lost children, or vulnerable adults, will be taken to the facility which is located within the onsite Medical Centre near Gate E. If a child is lost, then the adult should report to the Medical Centre, organiser’s office or locate any of the show organisers/police/Farnborough Flyers at the show. The medical professional, or member of staff, will call the emergency mobile number (located on the inside of the child’s pass) provided during the registration process to reunite the adult and child.

Is there an Official Souvenir Programme?
There will be a Farnborough Friday supplement to the trade catalogue. This will include details on the show features, schedules, maps, industry information and exhibitor listings. It will act as your guide to the show. A separate Flying Display programme will be available.

Is there free car parking available?

If you are travelling to the show by car, there is free parking available on the Queens Parade ground. There will be yellow AA signs and traffic marshals directing traffic to the appropriate car parks. Please follow the yellow AA signs with the blue P. All car parks are serviced by accessible shuttle buses which will take you to the show site. There are some car parks from where it is possible to walk to the site.

 

Where can I park during the show?

Onsite parking in car park 6 is available to purchase for Farnborough Friday during the registration process. There is also free parking in the offsite Queens Parade Car Park with a free shuttle bus to the show.

 

Is there a bus service to and from the train station?

There is a free shuttle bus service from the following stations:

  • Farnborough Main
  • North Camp
  • Aldershot

These will run continuously between 0700 – 1900hrs during the open days of the show 20 – 24 July.

 

What is the closest station to the Show?

Farnborough Main is the primary station, has a more regular service, and is the quickest station to get too from London Waterloo. There is a continuous free shuttle bus service during the open days of the show.

What aircraft will be at the Farnborough International Airshow 2020?
Details of participating aircraft will be announced on our website and via email for registered exhibitors. Please keep a look out as we will be continually updating this.

Flying Display timings and aircraft information can also be found on the Official Airshow app, available in the weeks leading up to the show and free to download from the app store.

How do I get a Flying Display schedule?
A daily schedule will be available on site on each day, as well as on the website.

Aircraft listings will also be available on the Official Airshow app – available in the weeks leading up to the show and free to download from the app store.

What happens in the event of extreme weather? Will the show still go ahead?
The Flying Display will take place if it is raining. However, the organiser retains the right to cancel any part of the Flying Display due to adverse weather conditions.

Where is the best location to view the Flying Displays?
The best location to view the Flying Displays is in the open areas in front of the chalet rows or from the chalets themselves.

Will the Airshow site be very noisy during the Flying Displays?
The Airshow site will be very loud during the Flying Displays. The displays may include fast jets that can be considerably noisy.

Where is the Static Aircraft Display located?
The Static Aircraft Display Area is situated along the runway and aircraft locations will be printed within the programme.

What aircraft are on display?
We will publish Aircraft listings as and when we are able to announce them. Please check the website and our social media accounts for further details.

Aircraft listings will also be available on the Official Airshow app – available in the weeks leading up to the show and free to download from the app store.

How can we arrange tour entry?
Groups wishing to visit Farnborough Friday need to register at farnboroughairshow.com. Farnborough Friday is a trade day the registration process sets out criteria around the nature of the visit.

Is there a Group Booking Discount and how do I register to attend?
Organised educational and youth groups may be entitled to free entry on Farnborough Friday. Please apply online at https://www.farnboroughairshow.com/farnborough-friday/register-for-your-pass/ 

Is there disabled parking available?
There is a disabled car park onsite which is free of charge to blue badge holders. Access is via Gate F. Please display your blue badge in your car as you approach and follow the yellow AA event signage. You will be directed by Traffic Marshals to the disabled car park. Spaces are on a first come first served basis. Should all the spaces be full, you will be directed to one of the outer car parks. All our car parks are serviced by accessible shuttle buses which will bring you to the show.

I am disabled, can my carer come for free?
The Airshow organiser will give one complimentary pass to carers or companions accompanying registered disabled visitors. Please email your visitor pass confirmation email and documentation to support your request to [email protected] 

My child is disabled and require a carer. Can I have a free carer ticket without purchasing a ticket?
Young people aged 21 and under can enter the show free of charge on Friday. The Airshow organiser will give one complimentary pass to carers or companions accompanying registered disabled visitors. Please email your visitor pass confirmation email and documentation to support your request to [email protected] 

What facilities are there for disabled visitors?
Disabled facilities include:

- Complimentary carer pass for those accompanying a disabled visitor
- Disabled car parking
- Accessible toilets across the show site
- Show mobility
- Medical assistance if required from the onsite Medical Centre

Whilst we do not allow animals on site, guide and assistance dogs are permitted at FIA.

What type of food & drink can I buy on site?
There will a number of catering facilities located across the show site. There is a café in each of the exhibition halls and an outdoor food court, “The Square”, offering artisan take away options. Seating is available in all food areas.

Can I bring my own food & drink?
Visitors are permitted to bring their own picnics. Please ensure that you do not bring any sharp items i.e. knifes and corkscrews. These will be confiscated at the gate.

Will there be Halal meat available?
There will be at least one outlet selling products using Halal meat. Alternatively, visitors have the option to bring your own picnic.

Is there drinking water available onsite?
Free drinking water stations can be found throughout the site. These are clearly marked on the map and on the wayfinding signage.

What toilet facilities are there on site?
There are plenty of toilet facilities on site. There is also an accessible toilet and drinking water in each toilet block.

Is there free WiFi?
There will be select areas of the show that offer complimentary WiFi. These will be clearly signposted.

Is there a pharmacy on site?
No, there is a Medical Centre near Gate E, and a newsagent that sells paracetamol and simple first aid items outside Hall 4.

What do I do if I hurt myself whilst at the show?
In the event of injury or illness, locate the Medical Centre near Gate E (detailed on Show Map) or contact any of the Organisers or Security Staff who will arrange assistance. If emergency assistance is required, please dial 01252 636999 or 999.

Are there cloakrooms/left luggage areas on site?
There are very limited cloakroom facilities. The Left Luggage facility is at Gate B upon arrival.

Is there a prayer room on site?
Yes. There will be a multi-faith prayer room in Hall 4, identified on the show map.

Are there baby changing facilities on site?
As a business event, this environment isn’t suitable for young children. There is, for example, a very noisy air display. There are a limited number of changing facilities available and the location map will indicate where these are.