Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

All you'll ever need to know about the UK's biggest airshow
User avatar
Harvo266
Posts: 525
Joined: Fri 07 Feb 2014, 8:19 pm

Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Harvo266 »

Hi all,
As some may have seen, I have been gifted RIAT Grandstand seats for 2018 as we missed out on FRIAT. However, the person who got it for me decided to book bottom row seats, which naturally goes against my idea of the best position.
Does anyone have any experience of spending a day on the bottom row (row a) and if it's still a good photography point?
If anyone has any photos from Row A, please send them my way
Is it worth trying to change and possibly pay £20 for the admin?

Thanks in Advance

Harvo
Nikon D500

User avatar
Brevet Cable
Posts: 13136
Joined: Tue 05 Mar 2013, 12:13 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Brevet Cable »

You could try E-mailing DBH....it may be that as it's just a seating allocation change as opposed to an actual ticket change they may not impose the admin fee.
Got to be worth a try.
большой эрик это пенис
qui puer et deficient

Gone!

User avatar
Go4Long
Posts: 607
Joined: Fri 26 May 2017, 1:18 am
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Contact:

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Go4Long »

a lot of the videos you see posted online are being taken from the ground in front of the FRIAT grandstands, so I've gotta think that row one of an elevated grand stand would be better than that.

Not my photos, but this looks to be ground level to me:

Image
" Bird Of Prey" by simon johnson, on Flickr

Image
" X Marks The Spot " by simon johnson, on Flickr

User avatar
Thomas Beting
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun 24 Dec 2017, 9:34 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Thomas Beting »

Can anyone send some pictures or videos taken from the Viewing Village Grandstand, Thanks in Advance!

Heater
Posts: 42
Joined: Tue 01 Sep 2009, 2:06 am

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Heater »

Thomas Beting wrote:Can anyone send some pictures or videos taken from the Viewing Village Grandstand, Thanks in Advance!


View from the top row from Viewing Village Grandstand. A bit far from the rotation point, and about 40 meters further back from the FRIAT enclosure, but still better than ground level.

ImageRIAT GRANDSTAND by Kostas Giarimis, on Flickr

And a couple of pics from the action from the same point.
Image_DSC7755 by Kostas Giarimis, on Flickr

Image_DSC7105 by Kostas Giarimis, on Flickr

Hope this helps.

User avatar
Thomas Beting
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun 24 Dec 2017, 9:34 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Thomas Beting »

Heater wrote:
Thomas Beting wrote:Can anyone send some pictures or videos taken from the Viewing Village Grandstand, Thanks in Advance!



Hope this helps.


It does, Thank you!
And also, what Lens do you guys recommend for this grandstand?

disgruntled
Posts: 127
Joined: Wed 11 Dec 2013, 12:16 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by disgruntled »

Unless it's changed this year (and I've not noticed it) the Grandstand is first come first served on the day, so there is no allocation. Happy to be corrected

disgruntled
Posts: 127
Joined: Wed 11 Dec 2013, 12:16 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by disgruntled »

Unless it's changed this year (and I've not noticed it) the Grandstand is first come first served on the day, so there is no allocation. Happy to be corrected

User avatar
Adie1980
Posts: 704
Joined: Fri 07 Jun 2013, 1:09 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Adie1980 »

disgruntled wrote:Unless it's changed this year (and I've not noticed it) the Grandstand is first come first served on the day, so there is no allocation. Happy to be corrected


I have a VV ticket with a grandstand number and a seat number, so it had better not be first come first served :confused:
Attending Daks over Normandy (Duxford), Yeovilton Air Day 2019, RIAT 2019 & Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

Heater
Posts: 42
Joined: Tue 01 Sep 2009, 2:06 am

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Heater »

Thomas Beting wrote:
It does, Thank you!
And also, what Lens do you guys recommend for this grandstand?


Anything from 200 mm (for shots right infront of the stand) and above. I have shots of cargo aircraft and large fighters (i.e Su-27) at 200mm from that stand, that almost filled the frame.

John5199
Posts: 42
Joined: Sat 13 Feb 2016, 4:42 pm
Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by John5199 »

Adie1980 wrote:
disgruntled wrote:I have a VV ticket with a grandstand number and a seat number, so it had better not be first come first served :confused:


I bought my tickets last weekend including VV grandstand for all 3 days and chose my seat for all 3 days. The back and front rows are all pretty much filled !
Nikon D7100, D7200
Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR
Nikon 200-500 AF-S VR

User avatar
Brevet Cable
Posts: 13136
Joined: Tue 05 Mar 2013, 12:13 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Brevet Cable »

disgruntled wrote:Unless it's changed this year

It has.

This year when you're booking the VV grandstand tickets, the next step after selecting how many tickets on what day(s) is one to select which seat(s) you want to book.
большой эрик это пенис
qui puer et deficient

Gone!

User avatar
Wrexham Mackem
UKAR Staff
Posts: 1846
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 4:46 pm
Location: Farndon, Chester

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Wrexham Mackem »

Just had a look at the booking process for the VV, for no reason other than curiosity, but consider it a heads up to those who may be considering Saturday grandstand seats that there aren't a great number remaining.

Personally, I've used the public grandstand once or twice in the past, but in my opinion it moved too far back, and lost its appeal. The crowd line of the garden section is a cracking view, if you're just at the rope the one day. Recommended.
its time to kick the tyres and light the fires

https://www.flickr.com/photos/151934326@N08/albums

User avatar
sithrity
Posts: 457
Joined: Fri 02 Aug 2013, 10:15 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by sithrity »

Hello everyone, sorry to hijack the thread.
I'm considering taking the family to the viewing village this year, a garden chair not the grandstand. We normally purchase standard entry tickets and camp in the red zone, but think it will be better for our two young Daughters having catering and toilets close by.

Would anyone with experience of the VV and standard entry, say its worth the extra £30 a ticket?
I'm mainly curious about the catering options, number of toilets, crowd line position/ display view, general experience and any other pros and cons people might like to point out.

Many thanks, Simon.
I don't know everything there is to know about our hobby.

Kids, aviation, missus then responsibilities, (in that order)

User avatar
Wrexham Mackem
UKAR Staff
Posts: 1846
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 4:46 pm
Location: Farndon, Chester

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Wrexham Mackem »

Whether the VV garden is worth £30 to you depends on how much money you consider £30 to be - we're all different :-) - but I consider it good value. Location is central in the show ground. Not bang on datum but not too far off. The lawn itself is quite big but not densely populated. Its the area between public grandstand and crowd line, but wider than the stand. There is plastic garden furniture scattered around, and its first come first served as to where you want to sit. You can get on the rope if that's what you prefer, with much more space around you than in the general admission sections. Toilets are good quality mobile blocks, there is a variety of catering, there is no queueing to speak of, and you will have a comfortable experience and a great view of the display. A bit more room for the kids too, which will make the whole day more relaxing.

In years out-of-FRIAT, I've done many locations up and down the crowd line. And out-of-FRIAT, its the best location I've found.

EDIT: there's a shot higher up this thread that shows a general view of the enclosure from the grandstand.
This shot gives a bit of an impression of crowd density at the front. Taken from the crowd line facing back towards the show ground, with the enclosure boundary fence visible on my left.
Image

Hope that helps!
its time to kick the tyres and light the fires

https://www.flickr.com/photos/151934326@N08/albums

User avatar
sithrity
Posts: 457
Joined: Fri 02 Aug 2013, 10:15 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by sithrity »

Thanks Wrexham Mackem.
Your review may have swayed my decision to go ahead with it. Nice photo! does this enclosure normally offer brilliant sunshine? :lol:
I don't know everything there is to know about our hobby.

Kids, aviation, missus then responsibilities, (in that order)

User avatar
speedbird2639
Posts: 1252
Joined: Wed 13 Jul 2011, 11:35 am

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by speedbird2639 »

Nice photo! does this enclosure normally offer brilliant sunshine?


Don't even joke about it! I'm sure if DBH could ever harness a mechanism whereby you were only guaranteed good weather if you paid the extra to go into a chalet/ garden then I'm sure they would - they hate us 'normals' out on the lawns.

User avatar
sithrity
Posts: 457
Joined: Fri 02 Aug 2013, 10:15 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by sithrity »

speedbird2639 wrote:
Nice photo! does this enclosure normally offer brilliant sunshine?


Don't even joke about it! I'm sure if DBH could ever harness a mechanism whereby you were only guaranteed good weather if you paid the extra to go into a chalet/ garden then I'm sure they would - they hate us 'normals' out on the lawns.


:icecream: :lol:
I don't know everything there is to know about our hobby.

Kids, aviation, missus then responsibilities, (in that order)

User avatar
stevebrodie
Posts: 650
Joined: Tue 02 Jun 2009, 9:11 am

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by stevebrodie »

Brevet Cable wrote:
disgruntled wrote:Unless it's changed this year

It has.

This year when you're booking the VV grandstand tickets, the next step after selecting how many tickets on what day(s) is one to select which seat(s) you want to book.


Yep email came out around end of October (?) last year stating you could book grandstand seats in advance, which i promptly did (Saturday) and by the time i did on Nov 5th most of the back two rows had gone !. Glad you can book in advance as means an extra hour in the sleeping bag :lol:
Viper: Good morning, gentlemen, the temperature is 110 degrees

User avatar
Harvo266
Posts: 525
Joined: Fri 07 Feb 2014, 8:19 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Harvo266 »

Hi all, just thought I’d let you know the result in the end. The RAFCTE Customer service manager is calling me in the morning to arrange a change for my seats! Very happy it was all able to be sorted without paying a £20 fee as i thought could happen. Successful outcome!
Nikon D500

User avatar
Thomas Beting
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun 24 Dec 2017, 9:34 pm

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Thomas Beting »

What zoom/lens do you guys recommend for the viewing village grandstand? How far is it from the actual display .
Thanks
Tom

User avatar
Jetnoise
Posts: 862
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 11:31 am
Location: Ashford Middlesex, UK
Contact:

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by Jetnoise »

Tom,
These questions have already been answered in this thread.

Cheers,
Ralph
www.ralphluntphotography.com
www.jetnoise.co.uk
There's only one way to skin a cat - with a very sharp knife.

User avatar
spellow3010
Posts: 406
Joined: Wed 17 Sep 2014, 1:12 pm
Location: Rugby
Contact:

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by spellow3010 »

Thomas Beting wrote:What zoom/lens do you guys recommend for the viewing village grandstand? How far is it from the actual display .
Thanks
Tom


In the past, a 300mm lens has been sufficient in the Viewing Village for most passes, with some cropping of the image after to fill the frame if that's your thing. Some low and fast passes do not need a 300mm lens. Some of the bigger display team formations fill the frame quickly at lower altitudes.

I currently take a Canon 100-400 Mk2 in with me. Happy with last year's results from the Viewing Village. This year, I am Mach 3 for the first time so will be in the FRIAT enclosure. But never had a bad time in the Viewing Village. That said, I've always sat on a plastic garden seat at the front. Not in the grandstand itself.

User avatar
harkins
Posts: 1091
Joined: Tue 11 Jun 2013, 9:17 pm
Location: Stockport

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by harkins »

spellow3010 wrote:I currently take a Canon 100-400 Mk2 in with me. Happy with last year's results from the Viewing Village. This year, I am Mach 3 for the first time so will be in the FRIAT enclosure. But never had a bad time in the Viewing Village. That said, I've always sat on a plastic garden seat at the front. Not in the grandstand itself.

Welcome to the land of elbows :smile:

User avatar
spellow3010
Posts: 406
Joined: Wed 17 Sep 2014, 1:12 pm
Location: Rugby
Contact:

Re: Viewing Village Grandstand Enquiry

Post by spellow3010 »

harkins wrote:
spellow3010 wrote:I currently take a Canon 100-400 Mk2 in with me. Happy with last year's results from the Viewing Village. This year, I am Mach 3 for the first time so will be in the FRIAT enclosure. But never had a bad time in the Viewing Village. That said, I've always sat on a plastic garden seat at the front. Not in the grandstand itself.

Welcome to the land of elbows :smile:


LOL - I do P&V East for arrivals so I'm used to elbows... :icecream:

Post Reply