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.

Aeromodellers – 22nd and 23rd July
The Model Air Scale Show sees all types of model aircraft descend on Shuttleworth. Throughout the weekend there will be displays and competitions as pilots take to the sky.

Open Air Cinema – 22nd and 23rd July
Pull up your chairs and blankets and settle in for the evening, as our open air cinema will be showing two classic films: Grease and Back to the Future. There will be a bar available, though you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Don’t miss out on the free popcorn though!

Magical Fairy Trails – 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.

Flying Proms – 19th August

It’s the 20th year of this popular event, which is one of the highlights of the season at The Shuttleworth Collection. Vintage aircraft perform aerial displays to much loved classical themes performed by a live orchestra, closing with a thrilling firework finale featuring the illuminated models.

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.