Just because there are paramotors at Parafest doesn’t mean it’s just about paramotors.!
Parafest is for all single-seat de-regulated aviation and it’s in North Wales to be near the hills for the free flyers.
Paraglider and hang glider pilots have the many free flying sites of North Wales and Snowdonia National Park all within easy driving distance from the festival.
Experienced local pilots will offer details and site briefs to visiting pilots depending on the forecast conditions.
Paramotor and powered hang glider pilots have a dedicated field to use for the duration of Parafest.
Sub 70 trikes and SSDR pilots are also able to use this field and are welcome to come and join us for festival fun.
Due to the size and nature of Parafest we must insist that all powered pilots intending to use the airfield prove current third party liability insurance at registration and receive a site brief on the rules and no-fly zones before flying.
If you would like £5m of third party insurance for both you and your landowner it comes free with membership of the BHPA.
If you were trained by a non-BHPA school you can join through the alternative entry scheme and complete the assessment while at Parafest.
If you are already a BHPA member and wish to add a rating to your membership you can also do this while at Parafest.
To refresh yourself and to get you prepared the BHPA technical team of Ian Currer and Mark Shaw will offer free pilot lectures to clear up any confusion or fill any gaps in your knowledge.
Email the BHPA office firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and get yourself booked in.
The alternative for pilots not wishing to join the BHPA is to purchase the AXA policy administered from Austria.
You can purchase the AXA policy from this link: AXA Insurance.
Permission to fly from the festival airfield is only granted with the purchase of a pilot weekend ticket.
Weekend tickets must be bought in advance from this website and will not be available on the gate.
There is much more to Parafest than just the flying and we have lots more going on than just a campsite and somewhere to fly from.
Do you ever go away for the weekend with friends or family just for fun and without worrying about flyable weather.?
Parafest is one of those weekends, except you can bring your kit and if it’s flyable you can fly.!
We have a festival of flight that everyone can enjoy, pilot or not and if the weather isn’t kind the stage is undercover and the bar is undercover.
Besides the two stages of live music 1pm-1am, the trade show, displays, demo’s, sideshows, attractions, kids area and other entertainment Sunday is reserved for pilot activities.
Get yourself a breakfast and a brew and come down to The Fly Inn Para-jumble sale.
We will re-arrange the tables in the beer tent and you can bring your pre-loved kit to find a new home.
Wings, motors, harness’s, gloves, boots, suits, books, helmets, instruments, go-pros, whatever you’ve got.
We’ve all got a drawer or cupboard cluttered with bits collected over the years.
Someone can make use of your accumulated unused kit and give it a new lease of life.
Maybe you’ll find yourself a bargain on offer from another pilot.?
After the hangover is cured and the bargains bought we welcome our overseas guest from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jean Francois Chabaud will be sharing his stories of adventure with us after recently completing an epic 6000 mile circular route within the USA.
Delivered with video and pictures on the big screens in the bar, Jean will share his experiences and fond memories as he re-lives every wing collapse and bad decision along with the good times of breathtaking locations, memorable flights in perfect conditions and his feelings of elation at completing what he set out to achieve.
Our third pilot activity for Sunday and to give you something to think about on the drive home is a presentation on flying safety specific to our area of de-regulated aviation.
The General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo) are a charitable organisation founded in 1964 to provide a forum in which all the aviation organisations could meet to share safety information and help develop leisure aviation.
GASCo Regional Safety Officers will offer an informative presentation interspersed with humour, video, pictures and thought provoking facts to anyone with an interest in keeping themselves and others as safe as possible while pursuing a flying hobby.
The trade show element of Parafest opens Friday 1200 and will be in full flow by Sunday. We have nearly 30 trade stands specific to paragliding, hang gliding and their powered variants.
For those who prefer to just have a day out, browse the trade stands and displays, see some flying, meet friends, watch some of the live music and maybe take advantage of the pilot activities on Sunday then day tickets without camping are available.
The BVHGR (British Vintage Hang Glider Rally) will have a static display of vintage hang gliders charting the history and development of the sport from the 1970’s right up to the present day.
Old bold pilots, the pioneers of hang gliding in the UK, will be drinking alcohol and sharing their stories of getting away with it.
Ben Tupright And The Sidewires are a party band of hang glider pilots and they will be doing us a set on stage adding to the festival atmosphere.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes..!!
Parafest isn’t just a fly-in or a trade show, it’s the biggest event in the UK for all single-seat aviation and it’s four days of festival fun for the whole family. You can even get your reserve repacked while sipping a cool beer and enjoying the live music and entertainment.!
Campsite gates open Thursday July 11 at 0900. You are welcome to stay until 1200 Monday July 15.
Four nights camping or vanning means you can make the most of your visit to Wales. We have all facilities on site.
Parafest is more fun than your windsock can handle. We have a licensed capacity and we are on target to sell out for a fifth consecutive year.
Don’t let yourself miss out on this fantastic and unique event, time is running out..!!