Sunday 3 September is Shuttleworth Heritage Day and an event ticket is required to visit the site. Gates open at 9.00, flying starts at 14.00.

With the school holidays around the corner, parents everywhere are searching for ways to keep their children entertained for six whole weeks. Thankfully, Shuttleworth has a host of events upcoming that are guaranteed to keep you and your little ones busy.


Why not make a weekend of it by staying on our newly launched campsite? We have pitches available for tents and motorhomes, and with water and toilets on-site you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a night under the stars in comfort.

There is a restaurant and play area, and dogs are welcomed on site (please note that as a working airfield, they will need to be kept on leads). You can read more about our campsite here.

Camping can be combined with our events, some of which are outlined below. Please take a look at our What’s On page for more details on these and to book.


Arts Award Passport – 18th July – 3rd September
The Museum Explorer Passport is back for 2017! Both the Collection and the Swiss Garden are really excited to be part of this engaging initiative.

This summer, take a family journey through the rich and exciting history of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire with a free Museum Explorer Passport. Collect yours from a participating local museum and begin your expedition through time, taking in Roman Britain, natural history and the rapid rise of the industrial age.

Each passport has a series of challenges for you to complete, which contribute towards an Arts Award Discover qualification and an official certificate.

One of the challenges is to take part in a craft activity, so every Tuesday during the Summer holidays there will be supervised craft activities available at either the Collection or the Swiss Garden.

The Collection Art Competition – 26th July – 1st September
Draw a picture of something you’ve seen at The Collection and share your artwork on our Shuttleworth Kids Facebook page (or bring it into the Visitor Centre for us to upload).  We’ll pick our favourite artwork on 1st September and 3 winners will receive a family pass that includes entry into The Collection and Swiss Garden.

Magical Fairy Trails – Throughout August
Throughout all of August, we’ll be hosting Magical Fairy Trails in the Swiss Garden. Search for the hidden clues from fairies and elves, nestled amongst the flowers. Our peacocks are on hand to oversee the magic, though they won’t be able to give you any clues!

On 1st and 15th August, we’ll also be hosting craft sessions where children can make their own fairy doors to take home.

The Wind in the Willows – 25 August
Chapterhouse Theatre presents a live performance of this classic family show, brought to life with music and song. Presented in beautiful traditional costume and featuring a woodland parade during the interval, there is something for everyone to join in with! Bring a chair, wrap up warm and enjoy this perfect evening of magical theatre.

Please note, if you wish to camp and attend these events then you will need to purchase an event ticket when you book your camping pitch. If you do not have a valid ticket then you may not be granted access to the campsite. This does not apply to the Magical Fairy Trails, where normal entry rates apply.