Bournemouth Air Festival 2017

8.29am on my day off and the phone rings.  “This can’t be good,” I think.  It turns out it’s my lucky day.  A customer isn’t able to make their Sony VIP lunch on the beach for the Air Festival and I am on the reserve bench. Can I make it?  Hell yeah! I quickly cancel everything else I had planned for the day – washing clothes, tidying the house, looking after the kids, cancelled (no kids were abandoned in the writing of this blog) I grab my A6000 and head to the beach.

By 10.30am the beach was already alive with families and enthusiasts.  The sun was shining on the show and some people were already in the sea.


Gourmet pizza to keep the troops going!


We trotted along to the hospitality tent, which was located between the two piers and had a stunning view of the air displays.  I did feel privileged to be there and  tried to blend in as best as I could!  I was met by Brian and Racheal from the Castle Cameras team and a delicious glass of bubbly.  Jason was there from Sony and some of our customers who had been invited for the day when they pre-ordered a Sony A9.



We all tucked into our buffet lunch of Salmon, beef, thai chicken, noodles and rice.  Followed by dessert of lemon meringue pie or strawberry cheesecake.  I had the lemon meringue pie and it was so good I ate it before I thought to take a photo!

Out on the terrace after lunch we eagerly awaited the first planes.  Jason very kindly lent me his Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G2 so that I could attempt to get a few shots of the planes.  He didn’t let me keep it for long though, which was probably wise!  On reflection, most of my shots were silhouettes of planes against some pretty cloud formations.  It seems I need a bit more practice in this aerial photography lark.



I did enjoy chatting to the pilots on the next table and had to laugh when one got very excited about seeing the red arrows and got his phone out for some pictures.   However many times I’ve seen the red arrows, I never tire of them.  Their performance was absolutely faultless and having such a great view of the near collision moves took my breath away.








So thanks very much to Sony for the chance to enjoy the Air Festival in style and have a play with Jason’s massive lens! Keep an eye on our website for more exciting offers like this.




Air Festival Pop Up Shop and Special Deals

It’s time for the Bournemouth Air Festival again and Castle Cameras is on the beach in our pop up shop, aka ‘The Container’.  We have some cracking deals running over the weekend, some of which are at the pop up shop, and even more in store or online.

Air Festival Specials

10% off Canon L lenses and10% off Canon Image Stabiliser binoculars.

Double Cash Back on lots of Sony lenses.

Free monopods with Nikon D500 body, D500 kit and the Nikon D5.

Free holster cases with some Sigma lenses.


The Pop Up Shop

Down on the beach today you can find Howard, Racheal and Jim from the Castle Cameras team as well as Mike from Sony UK with some demonstration kit you can try out, such as:

Alpha 6300

Alpha 7R MK2

Alpha 7S MK2

RX10 MK 2 and lots of lenses, including 85mmf1.4GM, 24-70GM, 70-200G and a 70-300G.  Double Cash Back or free monopods with plenty of Sony lenses over the Air Festival weekend.


Canon will be joining us in the pop up shop on the beach, with their demo stock on Friday and Saturday.

We hope you can come and join us at the Air Festival and try out some of the demo stock.  If you can’t make it then don’t miss out on the  Air Festival Specials on the website.



Castle Cameras at the Bournemouth Air Festival 2013

This weekend saw the crowds descend onto the shoreline all along the Bournemouth seafront for 2013 Bournemouth Air Festival. This event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year was again a huge success.

Castle Cameras were present on the Friday of the show with a handful of lucky customers who entered our competition to join us at a beach hut on the seafront. Canon UK came along with us and brought with them  a range of amazing telephoto lenses for our customers to play with. We also kept everyone topped up with tea and scones.

Lots of fun was had by all and we managed to get some great shots of the flying action. Please enjoy some of the images we managed to take throughout the day, thanks to our customers for joining us and of course thanks to Canon UK for supporting the event.

Castle Cameras Pre Airshow event at Bournemouth Flying Club

18 Castle Cameras customers joined us in the sunshine yesterday for our annual pre bournemouth airshow event take place at the Flying Club at Bournemouth Airport.

The lovely Michelle from Canon joined us bringing with her some Canon goodies including a 300mm f/2.8 and a 400mm f/2.8 lens for our customers to try out.

The cake and tea was never in short supply as our customers enjoyed getting hands on with some very exotic lenses.

The event was a great success. Look out for more events with Castle Cameras coming up this year on our events page: http://www.castlecameras.co.uk/events

The Bournemouth Air Festival 2011 is nearly here

We couldn’t be more excited if we tried.

The Bournemouth Air Festival is now entering it’s 4th year and we’ve been proudly supplying photographic equipment to suit the event since it started. Our Bournemouth showroom is located about 3 miles away from the action, perfect to stock up on all the equipment you need before you get there. In store we have special handouts for our spectacular air show offers and we’ve managed to shrink some handy hints and tips from our years of experience onto one handy A4 page that should give you the edge on the competition.

Every year we have run a competition during the run up to the Bournemouth Air Festival to win the chance to join us at the Miramar hotel so you can enjoy the days action from the greatest vantage point. The Miramar is located on the East Overcliff and has spectacular views of the sea front, ideal for capturing the days events without battling the maddening crowd. This year we ran our usual competition at the Castle Cameras Spring Show and have just one more space to fill. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is Like our Facebook page and we’ll select one lucky follower on the 14th of August.

We’ve set up our Bournemouth Air Festival page on our website, offering buying advice for air show specific equipment from Long Lenses to Binoculars. Our competition is still running and we can’t wait to get down to the seafront on Friday morning. Don’t forget to check out the official Bournemouth Air Festival website and just to get the excitement up, check out the video below to see what’s in store!

It’s been a while

What a crazy long time! So over 6 months since we last posted. Well that’s about to change.

Over the past couple of months we’ve been super busy, getting involved with the Anne Frank [+ you] exhibition in Bournemouth, the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride 2011 and now gearing up for next weeks Bournemouth Air Festival.

All of this whilst managing our new website, driving our stores forward and keeping a step ahead of the competition.

If you want to get in contact with us there are now a few new ways to do this, the Castle Cameras Facebook page is live, if you hit the Like button before the weekend you can even be in with a chance to join us at the Bournemouth Air Festival, or add us as a friend and chat with us. Also follow us on Twitter if you want the latest news as we get it, exclusive voucher offers for the website and a series of tongue-in-cheek photo tips.

Don’t forget to check out castlecameras.co.uk for all the latest news and updates from us with special offers galore in the run up to the Air Festival.

Winners announced in Bournemouth Airshow photography competition

The winners of the Castle Cameras/Bournemouth Echo Bournemouth Air Festival competition have been announced, with the best photographer in the adult category netting a Sony Alpha NEX5 and the best junior photographer winning a Pentax Optio WS80.

Readers of the Echo were asked to submit their best photographs from the weekend, and faced a real challenge because of the poor weather conditions, which put paid to many of the planned displays.

That didn’t dampen the spirits of Bournemouth’s photographers, however, and plenty of excellent photographs were submitted from the four day event.

The winner in the adult category was Leslie Budzynski, from Poole, who caputered the Brietling Wingwalkers in action over stormy seas.

Leslie told the Echo: “I’m absolutely thrilled. I was on my way to visit my son who works at the pier when I just took the snap.
The Brietling Wingwalkers also proved the winning formula for Alice Tilley, age 14, winner of the junior category. The Wingwalkers pass over the seafront while a beach worker looks on.

Alice described her win as “Amazing.”

You can see the winners’ shots, and all the entries to the competition, at the Daily Echo’s gallery

Time to focus on the Bournemouth Air Show with the Castle Cameras photographic competition

It’s very nearly time to turn your eyes to the skies for the third Bournemouth Air Festival. From Thursday (the 19th) residents and visitors to Bournemouth will be treated to a fleet of stunning aircraft displays from the Red Arrows, the Arvo Vulcan and Boeing Stearman biplanes complete with amazing aerobatic formation wingwalking displays from the Breitling Wingwalkers to name just three of the highlights of this four-day event.

For the second year running Castle Cameras have teamed up with the Bournemouth Echo to track down the best air festival photographers – with the chance to win some amazing photography prizes.

The competition has two categories – Junior (16 years and under) and Adult (over 16) and the challenge is to take a photograph of any aspect of the festival, from people enjoying the show to the amazing displays in the skies.

The prizes are sure to get you snap happy – a brand new Sony NEX5 for the best adult photographer and a Pentax Optio WS80 digital compact for the best junior.

The best photographs will also be published on the Bournemouth Echo website.

Join in over the weekend to capture the Red Arrows, the Vulcan and lots more besides. It’s a weekend not to be missed!

Read full details here: Bournemouth Air Festival

“Better not bigger” – Bournemouth Air Festival 2010

The Vulcan HX588
The Vulcan HX588 may well be taking to the skies over Bournemouth once more this summer. Yay!

Bournemouth Air Festival is so successful it can’t get any bigger, Air Festival director Jon Weaver told the Bournemouth Echo yesterday.

Instead, the 2010 event promises to be better than ever – and we can’t wait. The sun is shining in Bournemouth today and that’s got our minds turning to summer (although it’s still a little chilly to go dipping our toes in the sea just yet!)

Attendance figures for the 2009 event reveal that 1.3million people were brought to Bournemouth to attend the spectacular, and last year we joined a group of Castle Cameras’ customers for the day photographing the event. You can see some of their photographs on the official Air Show page.

There was further brilliant news yesterday – the Vulcan has been saved and will (hopefully!) be returning to this event! An anonymous donation of £900,000 ensured the future of the marvelous aircraft – if you’ve never experienced it before we guarantee you’ll never have seen or heard anything quite like it.

In less positive news, Wilts & Dorset buses have today announced that they will no longer be sponsoring the Air Show, blaming a drop in revenue and free travel for pensioners for its decision.

However, event organisers have promised a spectacular show no matter what happens. The hunt is now on for a new sponsor.

You can catch the iconic Vulcan XH558 and a multitude of other displays on August 19-22. Keep checking back for what Castle Cameras will be up to. See you there!

Links to the original Bournemouth Echo stories here:

Airshow Better not Bigger

Vulcan saved

Wilts & Dorset Buses ends sponsorship

Picture credit – CCA Vulcan by kyz


More on the More Bus Bournemouth Airshow 2010

Bournemouth Tourism have confirmed the dates for this years exciting More Bus Bournemouth Airshow! The event will be held for the third year running from the 19th – 22nd August 2010!

The decision to host a third Air Festival was made by the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, the organisation that brings together the town’s trade and Council. Led by Chairman Alex Carter, Managing Director of Wilts and Dorset, the dates have been confirmed for 19th – 22nd August 2010.

“We have without a doubt achieved our key objectives for this year, which was to build on last year’s success and cement the reputation of the Bournemouth Air Festival as the biggest and best free aviation event in the UK – I think it’s fair to say that now, the event is unlike anything worldwide. It is a credit to everyone who gets involved, making it such an incredible success – if it was a paid event, it would be a sell out”

Now if that’s not enough to get you interested I just don’t know what is! With this date now firmly in our minds you can expect to be hearing more and more about it in the lead up! Last year we managed to get a group of our customers to spend the day with us over the event and some of their images are up on our official airshow page.

Should you have any images of your own from the 2009 event and fancy having them displayed within this blog please feel free to drop me an e-mail with either the image attatched or even a link to a flickr or other photo sharing site.

E-mails to james@castlecameras.co.uk

I’ll be doing my best to keep this updated as we go along and, of course, will credit each individual.

Here are some of the highlights from last years event from Bournemouth Air’s YouTube page.

Thanks for reading.

James@Castle Cameras

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