Discover RIAT 2024: The Pinnacle of Air Shows at Fairford

At Cotswold Water Park Retreats, we are accustomed to planes soaring over our lodges throughout the year. Fairford hosts both the RAF and the United States Air Force. However, RIAT holds a special place as it’s just about 3 miles from our lodges in South Cerney. We’re hopeful for sunny skies. Then, those who enjoy the privacy of their own decks might catch a glimpse of the Red Arrows and Frecce Tricolori in the distance.

Moreover, in the days leading up to the show, you’ll witness a constant stream of aircraft arriving and departing from Fairford. If you’re fortunate, you might even experience a thrilling flypast right over your heads!

The Magic of Cotswold’s Premier Airshow.

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of the Cotswolds, Fairford airfield hosts the world’s largest airshow, the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). As RIAT 2024 approaches, excitement builds for a celebration of aviation unlike any other. This year, we commemorate the remarkable 50th year of flight for the “Fighting Falcon.” It’s a milestone event for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon, a marvel of modern engineering and a symbol of air superiority, takes centre stage at RIAT 2024. Known for its versatility and precision, the Fighting Falcon continues to draw crowds at air shows. This year, visitors can expect special exhibitions and flying displays. These will showcase the storied history and technological evolution of this iconic aircraft

Pushing the Boundaries of Air and Space

RIAT 2024 serves as a beacon for innovation in the aerospace industry. The airshow will feature an impressive lineup of military and civilian aircraft. They will demonstrate the latest advancements in aviation technology. Moreover, you can expect to see thunderous fast jets executing precision maneuvers and majestic air displays by historic aircraft. Each performance is a tribute to the heritage and ongoing progress of aviation.

Spotlight on the Future of Aerospace

This year’s air tattoo is dedicated to unveiling the future of aerospace, with a focus on stealth technology, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and sustainable aviation solutions. Furthermore, “RIAT 2024 Highlights” will provide exclusive insights into groundbreaking projects. These are set to redefine our skies and offer a glimpse into the future of air travel and defense. Thus, RIAT remains at the forefront of aerospace innovation.

Visitor Information: Planning Your Trip to RIAT

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Cotswold Water Park and just a few miles from Fairford, the airshow offers more than visual spectacles. Indeed, it’s an opportunity for a complete getaway. In the days leading up to the main events on July 19th – 21st, our guests enjoy relaxing on their decks, watching the incredible aircraft rehearse their routines overhead.

Make It a Holiday: Stay and Watch

For those visiting, consider extending your experience at RIAT by staying in one of our stunning lodges in the area. Many visitors return year after year to enjoy both the airshow and the hospitality that the Cotswolds has to offer. Additionally, in the evening, you can wind down and relax in your hot tub on the decking of your lodge.

Join Us at RIAT 2024

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible event, which attracts spectators and participants from all corners of the globe. Secure your tickets early, and be prepared for a spectacular display of aeronautical prowess and a celebration of aviation history at RIAT 2024. For more details on tickets and accommodations, visit our official website by pressing the button below.


RIAT 2024

Cotswold Lake Properties

We are down to the last few properties for this RIAT 24 weekend now - Summer Lake is a large 4 bedded home and can accommodate up to 8 guests. Waterlily and Willow are 1 bedded homes on Little Horseshoe Lake. Our glamping site is also available - a little further away towards Malmesbury but will still have the views

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Summer Lake

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Summer Lake: A Tranquil Lakeside Retreat Welcome to the serene elegance of Summer Lake, a beautiful property designed by Cotswold Water Park Retreats for a memorable lakeside experience. Located in a private gated community, this New England style home comfortably hosts up to 8 guests in four adaptable king-size bedrooms, which can be arranged as […]


Waterlily Lodge

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Glass-fronted Luxury Home on the Lakes Waterlily Lodge is a stunning glass-fronted luxury home, architecturally designed, and tucked away on the edge of the lake. Whether you are looking to propose, or simply want to find your next couples getaway, look no further. The stunning decor is accentuated by equally incredible views of the lake. […]


Willow Lodge

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Glass-fronted Luxury Home on the Lakes Discover exclusive lakeside living with The Boathouse in The Cotswolds. Nestled in a private 55-acre eco-reserve, this contemporary one-bedroom retreat offers undisturbed peace beside the tranquil Trout/Carp Lake. The property features a spacious open-plan living area, adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase panoramic lake views. Luxuriate in the private […]


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