Aerobatic thrills at proms

THIS year’s Spitfire Proms at Belton House promise to reach thrilling new heights with not one but two spectacular aerobatic displays.

The event, which is taking place on Saturday, June 16, will not only feature a Spitfire from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight but will also include a sensational close-formation air display by the Blades.

Excitement will build as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs its opening overtures and the crowd cast their eyes to the horizon to catch a glimpse of the Spitfire. As it flies into view it will conduct a low-level fly-past above the poplar-lined avenue leading to the house, before returning to perform a dazzling display encompassing horseshoe turns, rolls and loops.

But the spectacle won’t stop there. During the interval The Blades four Extra 300 lightweight aerobatic aircraft, piloted by former Red Arrows’ pilots, will take to the skies to perform an exhilarating close-formation display. These experts in aerobatics currently hold a world record in formation looping.

This will be followed by a charity auction to win passenger flights with The Blades. The monies raised will go to the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal, which is dedicated to supporting serving and ex RAF personnel and their families whenever they are in need. This could mean helping an injured airman fighting to get back to his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a Second World War veteran needing a shoulder to lean on.

The stage for the Belton Spitfire Proms will be set on the oval in front of the main house providing a spectacular backdrop for the event. The evening will conclude a fantastic firework display carefully choreographed to illustrate the musical crescendo.

There is no dedicated seating at the event, so people should bring their own picnic rugs, blankets or chairs and while food and drink will be on sale, people are more than welcome to bring their own picnics. There are strict rules and restrictions with regards to umbrellas, gazebos and barbecues.

Advance tickets cost £29 (adult), £20 (child) and £98 (family) or £34, £25 and £103 on the gate. Group rates of buy ten tickets and get one free are also available. Under fives are free.

Tickets are on sale from Belton House on 01476 566116, Grantham Guildhall on 01476 406158 or nationally via the dedicated website at