To ensure you have a pleasant, well-organised stay at the Air Show, here is some information on the facilities and services designated for visitors with disabilities.
The RAF Cosford Air Show is the largest one-day event in the West Midlands, set on an airfield in the Shropshire countryside.
We have tried to make the showground accessible for those who may have restricted mobility, with our dedicated Blue Badge Parking and electric scooter/manual wheelchair hire. However due to our rural location, please do be aware that the event may not be suitable for everybody, especially those with restricted mobility and conditions that are triggered by loud noises or crowded environments.
We offer the following adjustments for our guests with additional needs:
- Complimentary Carer Concessionary Ticket with a paying adult (conditions apply)
- Designated accessible car parks on hard-standing surface, with direct access to the showground
- Showground electric scooter/manual wheelchair hire (through Event Mobility)
- Additional facilities available within the RAF Midlands Museum.
Parking on the Showground
All visitors’ parking is on grass, however, there is a small amount of concrete available which is reserved for disabled parking and motorbike parking. Please note disabled parking is filled on a first come, first serve basis.
The average distance to the pedestrian entrance from carparking is 450 metres. The distance from the furthest carpark to the pedestrian entrance is 805 metres across grass, which may be long in places and uneven terrain.
Dedicated Blue Badge Parking
There is a disabled car park with a dedicated hosting team to ensure disabled visitors are well looked after at the air show. The disabled car park is connected via a hard-standing taxiway to the main thoroughfare of traders, exhibitors and ground displays. Follow the nationally recognised ‘wheelchair’ symbol to be directed to the disabled car park; visitors should clearly display their blue disabled badges well in advance of entering the showground, to be directed toward the correct entry point. Please note, the disabled car park is filled on a first come, first served basis, with limited spaces available.
Public Transport and Taxis
The nearest railway station is Cosford, which is on the Birmingham/Shrewsbury line. Unfortunately, Cosford train station does not have disabled access. We cannot recommend the use of Cosford train station to people who are unable to manage steps.
Due to the one-way traffic management system put in place for the Air Show, taxis are not able to drop off/pick up passengers at the airfield. The BP garage on the A41 is the closest location accessible without entering the Air Show one-way traffic system. This is a 645 metre walk away and may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility.
On the Showground
There are concrete taxiways around the showground, allowing disabled guests access to many attractions including static aircraft, the STEM Hangar, the RAF Museum and traders. However, due to the nature of the airfield, the majority of showground space is a large grassed area, which can be uneven in places and may not always be practical for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
There are very limited areas that offer shelter on the showground. Therefore, please ensure that you prepare and bring plenty of provisions in the event of extreme weather.
Disabled toilet facilities are available at various locations across the showground and next to the disabled parking area.
A Changing Places toilet is available for customers with additional needs within the RAF Museum.
Electric Scooter and Manual Wheelchair Hire
Event Mobility Charitable Trust provide electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the show. An electric scooter or manual wheelchair you can be booked online at the Event Mobility Website.
You are welcome to bring your own electric scooter or wheelchair, but please ensure that the battery is fully charged on arrival as there are no charging facilities available at the show. Additionally, please do keep in mind that grassed areas may not be suitable for mobility aids.
Carer Concessionary Tickets
Adult visitors with a Blue Badge, in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), middle or higher/enhanced rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for care and Mobility attending on the Sunday 9th June 2024, may be accompanied by a registered carer free of charge*. A child (or children) with a disability must be accompanied by a paying adult.
To apply for a Carer Concessionary ticket, please call the Air Show Office on 01902 377922 (Mon-Fri 10.00am – 4.00pm) The Air Show Team will then provide further information about the application process.
You will be asked to provide TWO or more of the following:
- Confirmation of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). DLA must be at the most recent higher rate higher rate for care and middle rate for mobility.
- Confirmation of Receipt of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) of Daily Living Component at the Enhanced Level for Care and or Mobility. Either in the form of a letter stating that the benefit has been awarded, or the actual Allowance book.
- Certification of being registered blind, partially sighted or deaf
- Access Card showing the +1 or equivalent ‘carer required’ symbol
- Valid Blue Badge
You will be required to provide a digital copy of your evidence by email at the time of submitting your application in order for your application to be considered.
Please do not book your tickets prior to your Carer Concessionary ticket application being approved as tickets cannot be changed or refunded after purchase as per the event terms and conditions.
Please click here for our Carer’s Concessionary Ticket Terms & Conditions
Applications and evidence for the Carer Concessionary ticket must be returned to the RAF Cosford Air Show Office before the deadline of Monday 13th May 2024 or prior to tickets selling out, whichever happens first. The Carer’s Concessionary Ticket will no longer be available to purchase should tickets to the RAF Cosford Air Show 2024 sell out.
Customers with medical requirements
Unfortunately, there are no facilities to store medication on the showground. Please ensure that all medication is kept with a responsible member of your party. Please do not hesitate to seek medical assistance from one of our medical staff if you begin to feel unwell. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Assistance and guide dogs are welcome to the Air Show, it is not a suitable environment for the majority of dogs and other pets, therefore they are strictly prohibited. Please note the Air Show site is usually very crowded, noisy and often very hot. These conditions are uncomfortable and potentially frightening for most animals.
Travelling By Car
All visitors’ parking is on grass, however, there is a small amount of concrete available which is reserved for disabled parking and motorbike parking. Please note disabled parking is filled on a first come, first serve basis. The average distance to the pedestrian entrance from carparking is 450 metres. The distance from the furthest carpark to the pedestrian entrance is 805 metres across grass, which may be long in places and uneven terrain.
Where possible, we aim to make all Air Show attractions easily accessible. However, please remember that the airfield is a green field site and some of the ground may be uneven.
The Air Show site is well served with mobile toilets that have accessible facilities. Exact locations are highlighted on the Air Show map depicted within the Souvenir Programme which is available for purchase on the day or on our information boards.
Assistance dogs are welcome within the Air Show but please be aware that there will be an increased level of aircraft noise throughout the day. Please note that no other animals are allowed on to the Air Show site.
Event Mobility provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for use by our disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the RAF Cosford Air Show.
Further details to follow shortly.
Travelling to the Air Show By Train
Please note at Cosford Railway Station, access is restricted by steps.
Travelling by Taxi or Drop Off
Travelling to the Air Show in a taxi or any service where you expect to be dropped off is not advised as the roads into the show become a one-way system. The nearest drop-off location is nearly 1 mile from the pedestrian entrance to the Air Show, so we recommend you use an alternative means of travel.