This year's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is set to offer a range of entertainment on the ground as well as in the sky.

While the event is renowned for its aerial displays, there will also be a number of other activities to draw in attendees to RAF Fairford from July 19-21.

As an expected crowd of 150,000 gather to appreciate aircraft from all over the globe, there will be a variety of aircraft types on display for viewing, from tankers to the newest in electric aircraft technology.

In addition to a static display of aeroplanes, visitors can explore the expanded Techno Zone and Inspire Stage.

The Techno ZoneThe Techno Zone (Image: RAFCT)

The Inspire Stage, which is attached to the Techno Zone, is where young people can listen to industry leaders about their experiences in aviation.

Run by RIAT’s parent charity, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT), it aims to encourage young people to consider careers in aerospace.

This year, youngsters will be able to learn about the work of the British Antarctic Survey, meet the Red Arrows and hear how Dr Meganne Christian went from being a scientist to a reserve astronaut for the European Space Agency.

RAFCT head of charity development, Hannah Langford, said: "We’re really excited to offer an action packed Inspire Stage schedule across all three days of the show this year.

"We have some names joining us, including crowd favourites the Red Arrows, and Tom Fletcher from McFly talking about his passion for aviation and RIAT, as well as speaking directly to the other side of the world with a live link to Antarctica.

"But we’re also really looking forward to introducing you to some of the young up-and-coming air, space and technology stars of the future."

The Techno Zone, featuring nearly 40 exhibits, is divided into four sections - space, foundations of engineering, come and play, and cyber and virtual reality.

Techno Zone and sponsorship manager, Katherine Whinney, said: "Techno Zone 2024 will captivate visitors with an array of thrilling new exhibits.

"Among the highlights are Metaverse VR, offering an out-of-Earth adventure with an AI avatar, and MDA Space showcasing their lunar landing games and cutting-edge space technology.

"Techno Zone is a must-see destination for under-18s when visiting RIAT."

With a handful of aircraft still yet to be announced, the show has experienced record demand with tickets selling out for both Friday and Saturday, with only limited tickets remaining for Sunday.