An airfield steeped in history, Cotswold Airport (Kemble) is a 532-acre site, which is home to a thriving general aviation community and a host of successful businesses.
Best known to many people as the former base of the RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team, Cotswold Airport still reverberates to the sound of classic British jets, albeit they are now privately owned.
After the departure of the United States Air Force in 1993 Kemble faced a bleak future, and looked destined to go the way of so many ex-military airfields back to agriculture or an industrial estate.
However, due to the successful acquisition of the airfield from the Ministry of Defence by Ronan Harvey and a consortium of local businesses in March 2001, the site now enjoys a diverse range of both aviation and non-aviation based activities and businesses.
The resurgence of energy that Ronan put back into Cotswold Airport (Kemble) had started several years before he bought the site. He had relocated his own business Polydron from Northampton into one of the hangars and as a keen aviator took out a ten year lease on other hangars. This has now grown to such an extent that Kemble is a thriving business park and events venue.
Ronan’s company Kemble Airfield Estates Ltd (now managed by his daughter, Suzannah Harvey) operates the airfield and manages the whole site.
The AV8 restaurant opened in 2005 is another quality feature in an outstanding success story and is open to the public all year round for all to enjoy. At AV8 you will be able to watch the world fly by in a classy atmosphere overlooking the runways and beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Cotswold Airport has played host to many big name brand events, from filming and global product launches to F1 testing and festivals. The site boasts a diverse range of locations and venues to hold events of any scale, including runways for vehicle testing, hangar space for studio shoots, a 50 acre showground for large scale events and the only Boeing 747 in Europe for conferences, launches and parties.