Hunter Valley Airshow

What to Expect.. 

by Louise Manning

28th March 2019

A mother and event planners perspective of the Hunter Valley Airshow & Festival of 2019.

What a day out we have in store for you this epic event is not just an Airshow! Hell NO its so SO much more, as you arrive at the carpark with a group of family and friends you emerge from the car the kids are screaming with excitement, you attempt to calm them down but little to no hope as they just spotted the static aircraft at the entry as the kids begin jumping up and down in anticipation for what lies ahead you find your selves immersed in our neighbouring hangers and their aircraft displays and soon after you’ll arrive at the ticket booths if you’re a clever parent you’ll already have your tickets in hand previously purchased online to avoid queues and the kids nagging endlessly to get through the gates, so on through the gates you’ll go and as your progress though the entry gates. You’ll continue along the path, past out sponsors signs and flags and soon even your heart will be pumping for what’s install as your inner child emerges because boom the helicopters are in full motion as their blades cut through the air and they head off on a scenic flight. But you glance to you right and wow it just goes on for what seems like for ever. So you find yourself at a cross road do we take a helicopter joy flight now or do we head right and explore everything else the event has on offer, well let me tell you what ever direction you choose the whole family is in for a treat.

Right it is! As we progress along we are immediately greeted with a bunch of quality street food outlets it will leave you questioning just what will you decide on for lunch well aren’t we in for a treat but hang on the kids are pulling you further along trust them to discover the car show displays, military vehicles, antique aircraft and you glance over and the men are just as interested as are you. But then while all this is happening an echo of screams and excitement ripple through the crowd as the Airshow display has just begun so we stop and all just look up in awe WOW what a show as the air entertainment continues with flips and roaring entertainment though the skies all your worries have left and your imagination is running wild and guess what the kids are quiet, then… mum, mum, dad, dad look look they repeat endlessly tugging at our arms, ‘that in itself is worth every penny’ they have noticed this rides so off we head to the kids zone but on our way the mums notice a bunch of markets and wine tasting stalls and start shopping, with such a large selection there is a little something for everyone to enjoy some of the finest local produce and homemade goods.

But the kids zone is far to inviting where there is entertainment for every aged child with an unlimited ride pass the kids can enjoy festival fun for hours, you watch as they head down the giant slide for what seems like the 100th time, hop between the mechanical rides, and your littlest ones enjoy the soft play area. The kids need a break from the rides and they discover the colouring in competition, paper plane making competition, face painting, balloon sculpting and the jumping castles all while you enjoy a good cup of coffee and morning tea the kids are so intensely entertained and with all the adrenaline pumping action from the skies you won’t miss a beat and the exhilarating noise from the F18’s is sure to please everyone in absolute awe of their power speed and precision.

Before you know it its already time for lunch and with so much air entertainment going on the family finds a comfortable spot to sit down and enjoy the sky shows above while you all enjoy a family lunch from an abundance of quality food vendors and endless street food choices.

As you progress a little through the day you head off for a drink or two in the alcohol zone while the kids sit and enjoy all the surrounding entertainment maybe their watching kids or adults get bucked off the mechanical bull, then you decide to head off for more exploring. Some 6-7 hours later you wonder where you day has gone, you’ve managed to experience a hot air balloon ride, a helicopter scenic flight, got behind the wheel in a couple of our simulator exhibits and you realise your just in time for the competition announcements toward the end of the day regardless of the result the kids are over the moon and are physically exhausted walking out with faces painted and sculpted balloons, paper planes, foam planes (if they were the lucky first 1000 children) and begging to come again plus a whole lot of family memories and priceless photos.

An absolutely well done day for all 😊

A complete fun filled family festival for all ages, come and discover endless entertainment for absolutely everyone.

We can’t wait for you to experience all of this with us on the 6th & 7th of April at Cessnock Airport. Get your tickets via