Engineering Open Workshop

29, 30 & 31 December 2020

This is your chance to see inside the hallowed Shuttleworth Collection workshop, see first-hand the projects on the go and meet the professional and volunteer members of our engineering teams.

The Collection’s team of engineers operate, maintain, rebuild & restore the world’s most diverse collection of working, vintage and veteran: cars; aircraft; motorbikes; bicycles; buses; steam and agricultural equipment!

Uniquely on the Engineering Open Workshop days, our experts are on hand to show and explain how it works and how it’s done.

Do you want to know:

How to keep everything from the world’s oldest airworthy aeroplane to a WW2 Supermarine Spitfire and its mighty Merlin engine flying?
How does a piston engine work?
What fuel and oil do we use and how do we get it?
What is involved in completely rebuilding a 100 year old, original WW1 fighter and its Rolls Royce V12 engine?
How is a 120 year old car built or how to ride a 150 year old bicycle!

We are here to answer your questions both basic and advanced, so come and find out first hand!

There will also be working demonstrations of steam, cars, bikes, aircraft running (weather permitting).

Main engineering workshop

Sit in a Spitfire Experience, extra fee applies, pre-booking only. Please click here to book.
Wood wing repair and fabric recover
WW1 Bentley Rotary engine rebuild
WW1 RAF SE5a Engine repairs
Between the wars Hawker Hind restoration
WWII Hawker Hurricane – 3yr maintenance checks
Post WWII Piston Provost – Annual maintenance checks


Carry out a pre-flight inspection on a WW1 Sopwith Camel – See if you can find 10 faults!
Cable splicing demonstrations.
Wire locking demos and try it yourself.
Aircraft engine and Rotary engine ground runs


Ride on a 1913 Wellingborough Double Decker Bus
1902 Baby Peugeot wooden chassis rebuild
1903 Richard Brasier rebuild
Post-war Bond Mini Bike restoration
Traction engine, and agricultural equipment demonstration.
1901 Locomobile Steam Car rebuild
Try your hand at operating the Bofors Anti-aircraft Gun!
Edwardian and veteran bicycle demonstrations!

Whilst we will do our very best to offer all the above, featured aircraft, vehicles and exhibits may change subject to workflow, serviceability, weather and Covid-19 regulations and precautions.

Discovery Workshop Activities

Try your hand at wing rib construction and building a STIXX fuselage structure with the Discovery Team; learn to use wire lockers and taps & dies with the Engineering Apprentices; look at wood restoration and building from period plans with the Heritage Team and contribute to the Bus Team’s cutaway engine project. These activities are suitable for anyone over the age of 5.

Pre Book Only, 30min slots, £1 per participant (you will also require your Engineering Open Workshop ticket).

To book please click here

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Engineering Open Workshop will be run in two sessions. AM ticket holder entry is from 10.00 – 13.00 and PM ticket holder entry from 13.00 – 16.00.

£15.00 per Adult (valid for one month)

£5.00 per Child

Please click here to book your tickets

The ticket includes entry to the whole all day (10:00-16:00). The visitor attraction includes the Shuttleworth House, the Swiss Garden, Lakeside Parkland and Woodland Walk. Entry to Shuttleworth Collection will only be granted during your booked session.

For a full list of our COVID-19 measures please click here.

Shuttleworth is monitoring the current COVID-19 guidelines, should this event not be permitted to go ahead a full refund will be issued to all ticket holders.


The events and engineering teams have been forced to redesign the 2020 Engineering Open Workshop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year will see a big difference with regards to the setup of this event from previous years. The activities will be spread across 8 areas including the 6 hangars, the engineering workshop and discovery workshop. One way systems, hand sanitizer stations, ventilation, cleaning programs, crowd control and PPE are all covered within our site COVID safety measures, practised by members of staff to meet social distancing guidelines. A team of staff and volunteers will be on hand all day to provide advice where required. The set areas will be monitored at all times to allow space for all visitors to social distance. We have a range of items outside, weather permitting, and visitors are welcome to view some activities from outside as many hangar doors will be open.

Shuttleworth has been operating as a COVID secure venue since reopening in June 2020. Every offering at Shuttleworth has been assessed and amended in order to follow the latest coronavirus guidance as set out by the Government. Such offerings include the visitor attractions, air shows, weddings and private hire. Anyone wishing from more details on our COVID-19 policies and procedures are welcome to email

Contact Details

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Terms and conditions apply, booking subject availability.