Big Event Takes Place in Margate

The Red Arrows will be performing in Margate this weekend in their first visit to the UK this year.

They're among the attractions at the Big Event land and air festival at Palm Bay.

It's been running since 2005 and for the first time visitors will have to pay.

Heart's been told the £2 charge for anyone over five years of age is to help cover the cost of staging the event which will also include a flypast to commemorate 70 years since the Battle of Britain.

Around 90,000 people went to the two day event last year.

Gill Shepherd, Events Manager said: “We are really excited to have secured the Red Arrows for both days of our flying programme and it’s a real scoop for the area that they will make their first appearance of the season in Margate. We’re expecting this year’s crowds to be bigger than ever, which is great news for Thanet. To make sure we can look after the expected numbers safely and keep the event family friendly, we need to increase our price to £2.00 with children under the age of five free of charge.”

Gill added: “There is so much free entertainment on offer at Margate’s Big Event, with a huge line-up of top street acts, live music and our Magic of the Beatles evening concert on the Saturday night. This represents a great value weekend and will rival anything in the South East for price and quality.”

The event will be open from 10am until 10pm on Saturday and from 10.30am to 6pm on Sunday. Ticket holders can leave and return to the site as often as they wish during the course of the day and there is no additional charge for the concert on the Saturday evening.

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