Wings & Wheels

Sun 4 Sep 2016 FIND OUT MORE

2016 Wings & Wheels at Shuttleworth

An event for everyone who is passionate about marvellous old vehicles!

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Heritage Open Day

Thu 8 Sep 2016 FIND OUT MORE

The Swiss Garden is free to visit as part of this National Event.

Thursday 8 September only.

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Bedfordshire Walking Festival

Tue 13 Sep 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Old Warden and Southill Park Historic Trail

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Photography Training Day (The Collection)

Wed 14 Sep 2016 FIND OUT MORE

WWII Theme

Pre-book only event

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Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fair

Fri 16 Sep 2016 -
Sun 18 Sep 2016
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Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fair 2016

Event organised by The Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society

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Festival of flight (September)

Sat 24 Sep 2016 -
Sun 25 Sep 2016
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Model-flying festival

Annual aeromodeller Autumn event.

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Afternoon Tea (September)

Sun 25 Sep 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Afternoon Tea in the magnificent House at Shuttleworth

Pre-book. Group bookings can be combined with Swiss Garden tours.*

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Race Day & Roaring Twenties Finale

Sun 2 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Race Day & Roaring Twenties Finale at Shuttleworth with vintage racing aircraft.

Featuring The Inaugural Shuttleworth Sprint of vintage and veteran cars!

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Autumn Walk and Lunch with the Head Gardener

Fri 7 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Seasonal highlights and a tour of the Swiss Garden

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Night Shoot (Photography)

Sat 15 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Photography Night Shoot

Book online (pre-book only)

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Fungal Foray

Sun 16 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Fascinating Fungal Foray

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House Wedding Fair

Sun 23 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Meet over 30 quality wedding suppliers from around the local area

Free entry & parking.

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Something Scary at The Swiss Garden

Sat 29 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Come to the Swiss Garden this Halloween

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Afternoon Tea (October)

Sun 30 Oct 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Afternoon Tea in the magnificent House at Shuttleworth.

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Aviation Lecture

Sat 19 Nov 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Rebuilding Grandad's Aircraft

This year's guest speaker is David Bremner

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Guinness World Record “Most People Constructing Aircraft Models”

Sun 20 Nov 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Join over 250 people to break the world record!

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Afternoon Tea (November)

Sun 27 Nov 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Afternoon Tea in the magnificent House at Shuttleworth.

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Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Fly In

Sat 3 Dec 2016 FIND OUT MORE

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Christmas Black Tie Nights

Thu 8 Dec 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Chic Christmas Black Tie party packages at The House.

Selected dates in December!

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Christmas Party Nights

Thu 8 Dec 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Select Christmas party packages at The House.

Selected dates in December!

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Festivi-tea and a visit from Father Christmas

Sun 11 Dec 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Christmas Themed Afternoon Tea

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Festivi-tea and Christmas Carols

Sun 18 Dec 2016 FIND OUT MORE

Christmas Themed Afternoon Tea

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Engineering Open Workshop 2016

Thu 29 Dec 2016 -
Fri 30 Dec 2016
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Open workshop at Shuttleworth

Meet the engineers and discover the skills needed for the restoration and upkeep of our vintage aircraft.

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Rare Battle of Britain Hurricane will remain in the UK

Fears that the sole surviving Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain would be sold to an international buyer were allayed today, with the announcement that the aircraft has been purchased by a British aviation enthusiast.

British software entrepreneur James Brown is the new owner of Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 R4118, ensuring that this unique Battle of Britain veteran remains in the UK.

Delivered new to 605 Squadron in August 1940, R4118 flew 49 operational sorties during the Battle of Britain, shooting down five enemy aircraft before being shot down itself. After a meticulous restoration by previous owner Peter Vacher, the aircraft is now regarded as the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying condition from the Second World War.

On his purchase, James Brown said: “R4118 is a remarkable survivor from the Battle of Britain.  When I heard the aircraft was on the market, I knew it was critical that this unique piece of Britain’s history remained in the UK, so I’m very pleased to have been able to achieve that.

“My goal is to ensure that the Hurricane remains in the pristine condition that Peter [Vacher] has returned it to and that it continues to be a regular feature at British air shows for many years to come. Thanks to Peter’s efforts to return R4118 to flying condition, the aircraft commands huge affection from the British public and I’m proud to be able to play a part in her future.”

Discovered in 1995 by retired businessman Peter Vacher during a trip to India, R4118 had stood out in the open for 54 years before it was returned to Britain for restoration.  Despite its exposure to the elements, the airframe was still in surprisingly good condition and, after a three-year restoration, the aircraft returned to the skies in December 2004.

Commenting on the sale, Peter Vacher said “R4118 has been a huge part of my life for many years, but I have other projects that I’m keen to focus on and it’s time for a new owner to take on the mantle. I’m delighted that James’s purchase means not only that R4118 will remain in the UK, but that it will be cherished by a true enthusiast”.

R4118 has been moved to its new home here at Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire where it will be placed on public display within the hangers of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Tim Routsis, Aviation Trustee for The Collection, said that “the aircraft’s historical significance would make it of particular interest to visitors, and Old Warden feels very privileged to have been chosen as the place people can come to see it on display.”

As well as continuing its participation in major airshows nationwide throughout 2016, it is hoped that the aircraft will also become a regular participant at Shuttleworth Collection events alongside Old Warden stablemate, Sea Hurricane Mk 1B Z7015.