verityboo wrote:The family visited Farnborough on Sunday and as we had such a great day out I thought it worth commenting.
Firstly, the cost. £35ish in advance is not cheap but what big show isn't. Top gear live is £49. A day out on a steam hauled mainline railtour is typically around £90. A burger (on its own) in Legoland recently cost about £7. You would think that some people writing here spent the rest of the year living in a cave in Tibet
We paid a few extra quid to park in the fluor multi-story which was well worth it, we parked at 8.30 and were in & quickly past security within minutes. We set up camp by the crowd line barriers in front of the grandstand and the atmosphere with those around was great. During the morning, the wife & daughter had a great time looking around and had one of the Heli flights
The airshow itself was good, no one would claim it was as good as riat etc, but for families who only visit one show every year or two it was a non stop afternoon with a good variety of aircraft - most shapes and sizes covered. The commentry was clear, loud and generally interesting! People were friendly & considerate. People were not pushing in at the front but little kids were being allowed through to see. We did not experience the sort of chair wars problems discussed on the RIAT thread!
I do feel that those who are so critical should consider who their greatest market is because it definitely appeared to be families on Sunday where we were. I think that whereas RIAT is aimed more at enthusiats, Farnborough is now aimed at families and it is no surprise that enthisiasts are dissappointed.
We left, like most, after the Vulcan display and after the long walk to the gate we had to queue a few minutes for a bus but we were able to drive straight out of farnborough without queuing in traffic
So for us an enjoyable trip at a cost which was typical for a family day out.
^^ Good points,
Also neither of us mentioned kids got in for free.