Where: Worthing Pier and seafront, Worthing, West Sussex
£: Free for spectators
What is it?
Birdmen are trimming their feathers ready to take part in the 4th annual Worthing International Birdman competition.
The fun begins at 11.35am through to 1pm on Saturday 13th August where the serious flyers – Condors and Leonardo’s – can show off their flying expertise in their hi-spec flying machines boasting wingspans of up to 30 feet. There will also be an opportunity for aviators to try a test flight in the new Vulcan class which allows flying machines with a wingspan of up to 40 feet to launch; a first in the UK.
From 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday 14th August the Kingfishers, also known as the fun flyers, will launch themselves off the top of the 35 foot platform into the depths of the water below in the hope they can stay in the air for a few minutes (normally seconds). The Condor and Leonardo aviators will then take to the skies for their 2nd attempt to fly over 100m and to win the £10,000 jackpot prize.
Straight after flying each day and throughout the afternoon the World Class Freestyle Jet Ski display team who can often be seen at locations such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers will power through the water showing off their amazing tricks. There will also be a programme of entertainment on the Beach Stage. On Saturday a free movie, Shark Tale, will be shown on the big screen.
Worthing council leader, Paul Yallop adds: “This fantastic event is really popular with families not only from Worthing but from afar as well. The council is pleased to support this event to put Worthing on the map.”