Family activities at Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth is a family friendly site, with plenty to keep everyone entertained. Permanent trails run throughout the year. During the school holidays, we run children’s activity workshops in The Collection and the Swiss Garden, and additional seasonal fun trails.

Some of our events are planned with young people in mind. We have a Play Area with a range of fun equipment, our restaurant has a children’s menu, and we have placed some picnic benches in a great place to sit and watch aircraft flying in and out of our aerodrome.

Download our activities for kids 2019 leaflet.

Children’s ‘Seasonal Fun Trails’

Pick up copies of the trails from the Visitor Centre, and hand in when completed to collect the sticker for each trail. Sticker books available free while stocks last.

Our 2019 fun trails are:

EASTER (April)

  • Eggs-actually how many Eggs? (The Collection)
  • Spring has Sprung (The Swiss Garden)


  • Plentiful Plane Parts  (The Collection)
  • Bird spotting (The Swiss Garden)


  • Marvellous Moth Match-up (The Collection)
  • Shell seekers (The Swiss Garden)


  • Myths and Monsters (The Collection)
  • Hatchlings (The Swiss Garden)


  • Gremlins (The Collection)
  • Sculpture explorer (The Swiss Garden)


Fun activities for kids run throughout the school holidays. Pre-book workshops to guarantee a place (places may be available on the day). Normal entry admission rate applies. Pay for workshops (age 3+) in our visitor centre on arrival.

Book activity places:
Email: or call 01767 627933

EASTER (April)

Easter Activities (The Swiss Garden)
Pot decorating, with chicks, rabbits, or daffodils.
Mon 8 & Tues 9 April  – £1 per child

Perilous Parachutes (The Collection)
Construct a cunning contraption to protect your egg on its perilous plunge from a height!
Weds 10; Thurs 11 & Fri 12 April – £1 per child


Build-a-plane (The Collection)
Create and decorate a craft stick aircraft and flight test it on our plunging zipline.
Weds 29; Thurs 30 & Fri 31 May  – £1 per child

Beautiful Birds! (The Swiss Garden)
Make beautiful Japanese ‘Kirie’ art birds with black and coloured paper.
Mon 27 & Tues 28 May – £1 per child

Family Focused Events

Mad Hatter’s Tea PartySunday 28 April 2019
Enjoy crafts, magic, and new for 2019, a Punch & Judy show! Be entertained by Alice in Wonderland characters and features in the fairy-tale surroundings of the Swiss Garden – the perfect setting for fun and fantasy. Bring your own Mad Hatter picnic, and dress up if you can – mad hats at the very least!

Teddy Bears PicnicSaturday 27 July 2019
Enjoy crafts, a children’s entertainer, outdoor games, face-painter, a teddy bear trail and other activities in the lovely Swiss Garden. Find Henley, the garden’s very own bear, who is very tame and would love to say hello and find new bear friends to play with. Don’t forget your teddies and your picnic!

Family AirshowSunday 4 August 2019
Fun family entertainment. Kids under 16 are free!


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.

Enjoy our 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 events page for more details on these and to book.

Please note, if you wish to camp and attend an event 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.