Edwardian Pageant

Sunday 7 August 2016

Love WWI aircraft and the Edwardian era that saw the rapid progress of aviation?

The Edwardian Pageant will feature WWI aircraft from The Collection including the only genuine airworthy SE5a with a combat record, the impressive Bristol Fighter F2.B and the 1916 Sopwith Pup. Visiting aircraft of this era include the impressive rotary engine Sopwith Snipe, the Bristol Scout that recently flew in Greece to commemorate the Great War, and Fokker Triplane and Albastros aircraft.

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Step back in time and enjoy rides on our vintage buses – the only place you can ride freely on a 1913 Wellingborough and 1921 Charabus. Come in Edwardian attire and get in the spirit of the era, take a walk up to The House via the Shrubbery walk (open for viewing 10.00-14.00) and join a free Swiss Garden tour.

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Bringing children? Great news – up to four under 16s are free with each paying adult! Don’t miss the free Make & Paint from Airfix, and live music with Alexandra Jones.

There are vehicle parades, historical re-enactors, and a chance to discover why vintage aircraft and vehicles are at the heart of The Collection started by Richard Shuttleworth and preserved in his memory.

If we can make it fly, drive and ride, we will, so enjoy watching the fun for all ages, and we hope for the chance to fly the Edwardian aircraft that are so special so Shuttleworth.*

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*Flying is weather dependant


‘No Limit Tribute’

We are excited to announce that Graeme Hardy will be performing, periodically throughout the day, his truly realistic tribute dedicated to the film ‘No Limit’ starring George Formby. In the film, George Formby plays a character by the name of George Shuttleworth, who built a motor bike which he called the ‘Shuttleworth Snap’. The story of the Shuttleworth Snap never fails to attract interest and intrigue, with a varied performance including songs and close up magic.

For more information, please view Greame Hardy’s website.

No Limit Tribute



  • Fokker Triplane (Breighton)
  • Avro 504K (replica)
  • BE2E (WAHT)
  • Albatros (WAHT)
  • Sopwith Snipe (WAHT)
  • Mew Gull (David Beale)
  • Bristol Scout (David Bremner)
  • Tiger 9 formation team
  • BBMF Spitfire – flypast

Collection Aircraft

  • WWI: Avro 504K, SE5a, Bristol F2.B, Sopwith Pup.
  • DH88 Comet
  • Mew Gull
  • Miles Magisters x 2
  • DH60
  • Aeronca
  • Parnall Elf
  • Desoutter
  • DH51 Miss Kenya
  • Hawker Tomtit
  • Gloster Gladiator
  • Hawker Demon
  • R4118 Hurricane
  • Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B
  • Polykarpov PO2
  • Edwardian aircraft: Blackburn Monoplane, Bristol Boxkite, Avro Triplane, Deperdussin**

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

**Weather conditions need to be at meet for these aircraft to fly.


  • Model T Ford
  • Arrol Johnston
  • 1912 Standard
  • 1911 Austin
  • Steam Fire Engine
  • Marot Gardan

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Car Clubs

  • Bean Car Club

Additional entertainment

  • Live Music with Alexandra Jones
  • ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free)
  • Swiss Garden tours at 12.00 and 15.00 (free)
  • Flightline tours at 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30 (book at SVAS stand)
  • The Shuttleworth Re-enactor Historians
  • Pilot’s chat: Bristol F2.b
  • Vehicle parade: Featured vehicles Arroll Johnston, and Marot Gardan
  • The House is open from 10.00-14.00. Visitors can explore rooms with House stewards available to answer questions about the history of The House and the Shuttleworth family.


*Please note that access to The House is via the Swiss Garden. The underpass is cobbled and currently unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Event Timings

9.00 – Gates open

12.00 – Vehicle parades

14.00 – Flying Display begins

17.40 – Approximate end of display

The restaurant, visitor centre and gift shop are open for the duration of the event and close 30 minutes after the end of the flying display.

Additional info

Event commentator: George Ellis.

There will be catering available in Hangar 3, with tea, coffee and cake on offer.

Parking is free, and disabled parking is available.

Dogs on leads are permitted outside on-site but are not allowed in hangars, restaurant, Visitor Centre, and Swiss Garden (assistance dogs are the exception).

Smoking in permitted in designated areas only.

No commercial filming or photography is allowed without permission.

Shutttle bus

  • 11.30 – leaves from Biggleswade train station
  • 18.00 – leaves Shuttleworth for return journey
  • Adult – £9.50 return or £5.00 single (pay on the bus)
  • Children under 16 free

Group Bookings

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 2 August 2016. Please email Helen Woods or call 01767 627924 (Mon-Frid, 9.00-17.00).

On the day gate prices

Adult – £28

Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

SVAS – £16

Exemptions (Free entry)

Pilot (only) of a pre-1945 aircraft have free entry (occupants must pay). You must pre-book a PPR slot.

Pilot and up to two occupants free for a pre-1945 twin engine aircraft. You must pre-book a PPR slot.

Online Booking (Closes 18.00 Saturday 6 August)


By booking an SVAS ticket you are agreeing that you are a current member of the SVAS with a current membership card that will be valid on the date of this event. Failure to show your valid card on the gate in conjunction with this ticket will render you liable to pay the additional monies up to the value of a non SVAS member.