Spies and Intrigue Evening Drive-in Air Show – SOLD OUT 

Saturday 15 May 2021

Salute the bravery of the local SOE agents who flew from local Tempsford in aircraft such as our Lysander.

2021 sees the return of the award-winning Drive-In Displays from the Shuttleworth Trust. The perfect family day out, expect thrilling air displays from historic aircraft and explore the beautiful Shuttleworth Swiss Garden.  There is something to keep the whole family entertained!

How do the Drive-in Air Displays work?
You will be parked in your own box where you will have enough room for your car and to set up your picnic alongside. Refreshments will be available to purchase in your drive-in zone. Each zone will also have toilets facilities, including disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. You will be free (and encouraged) to explore the Shuttleworth site including the Swiss Garden which offers a beautiful peaceful escape (up to Tier 4). We regret that the Shuttleworth House and hangars will be closed for this event. We then ask visitors to return to their car spaces to enjoy the incredible air display from a plethora of historic aircraft, commentary is available to listen from your FM radio.

If you would like to park next to a particular vehicle please arrive in convoy. If you are unable to arrive in convoy, please advise the staff on arrival that you are waiting for another vehicle and they will direct you to a waiting area. Once all your vehicles are together, you can then proceed in convoy to re-join the traffic stream for the parking areas.


Our new pricing structure will help visitors in smaller groups and without a car to attend our shows. Each party must book EITHER a 5×5 metre box for a car with up to 5 people inside OR a 2.5×5 meter box for up to two pedestrians/two cyclists/one motorcyclist and guest OR a 4.5×8 metre oversized car space for all vehicles over 2 meters high, 2.5 meters wide or 5 meters in length.

Each person then must have a valid air show ticket.


If you are shielding and want to guarantee a covid-secure box, then please stick to the May, June, July and Flying Circus shows.  Covid-secure boxes cannot be guaranteed for the later shows.

Event Timings

12:00 – Gates open
14:00-16:30 – Aircraft Uncovered
17:30 – Main flying display starts
20:40 – Main flying display ends (approx.) followed by Edwardian aircraft flying display (weather permitting for these fragile aircraft)
21:20 – Edwardian aircraft display ends


For those visitors wishing to fly into the show, we have a limited number of PPR slots available. In order to book your slot, you will first need to purchase a standard car space for £10, and in addition, an air show ticket for each person in your aircraft. The standard car space is a 5m x 5m marked box on the ground that is allocated to you in order that social distancing is implemented when watching the display; each box can accommodate up to 5 persons. If inclement weather or other circumstances prohibit you from flying in on the day, then this also permits you to bring your vehicle onsite as a backup. If you prefer to opt for a pedestrian space, then we cannot guarantee there will be enough car spaces on the day to accommodate your vehicle should you be unable to fly in as we often sell out.

Once you have bought your car space and ticket, please email the Control Tower to book your landing slot: john.demain@shuttleworth.org or call John de Main on: 07875 028876 and quote your ticket number. Please note that a landing fee is an additional £10 payable on the day. If you have any other queries, please email: natalie.finnigan@shuttleworth.org.



No tickets will be available at the gate.


Camping bookings have now closed. 

Please purchase an air show ticket in addition to your camping space (tickets above). A car space ticket will not be required with your camping booking as you will not be moving from your pitch. After you have purchased your camping and air show tickets please complete our camping booking form and return it to camping@shuttleworth.org

Should you wish to visit the Visitor Attraction (not on the Air Show day) which includes the Swiss Garden, Collection, Runway Café and Play Area you are required to have a daily admissions ticket, these can be purchase here and are valid for 30 days.

Please note we offer wild camping only, no toilet or shower facilities are available, to camp you must provide your own.

Terms and conditions apply.


Our aircraft line-up may be subject to change due to aircraft serviceability and weather on the day.

Air Show Catering


Due to the Covid-19 government restrictions that will be in place at the time of this air show, ground attractions are limited.                 

SWISS GARDEN: Open: 12:00 – 17:00

Shuttleworth’s Swiss Garden is hidden romantic treasure of 10 acres of landscaped gardens, and lies adjacent to the hangars and Shuttleworth House. Wander among splendid shrubs and rare trees, around tiny islands and ponds and over intricate ironwork bridges. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our two resident peacocks! All areas of the garden are accessible for wheelchair users.

Please note dogs are not permitted in the garden.

View the Swiss Garden page for details on what there is to explore.

PLAY AREA: Opening times TBC

The Play Area is suitable for children up to 12 years old but please note that dogs are not permitted inside the area.

Our Play area is sanitised on a daily basis and numbers will be limited to ensure social distancing.


We regret that the hangars will be closed for this event. However, you will still get to see several of our aircraft in flight during the display.

For further information on the exhibits, please view details on our Collection page.   


We regret that the House will not be open for tours at this event. For further information on the House, please view details here


From: 14:00 – 16:30

Get up close and personal with the aircraft prior to the air display, where you can wander in safety onto the airfield to see your favourites. A great opportunity if you’re a photographer, and our engineers and volunteers will be on hand to ensure your safety and gladly answer your questions.


17:00 – Listen over Shuttleworth 87.8 FM on your car radio

John Hurrell, one of our resident volunteer pilots, will be talking about the Chipmunk 486 which now belongs to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). John actually flew the Chipmunk WG486 on BRIXMIS missions during the Cold War over East Berlin, so he’ll have some interesting tales to relay!


Experience an exhilerating flight experience in the beautiful 1940s T6 Harvard – “The Wacky Wabbit”. When you climb into the cockpit, you will be transported back to the 1940s as your senses experience the sight, sound and smell of this vintage Warbird.

T6 Harvard Aviation offer a limited number of flights at this air show prior to the flying display. Each flight lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Flight cost for one person: £399

Please note that these expereinces are part of the Air Show attractions, and you will still need to book an air show ticket and vehicle (or pedestrian) box in addition (see above).

To book, please visit the T6 Harvard Aviation by clicking on the link below – scroll down the page to select the date you wish to book for.


T6 Harvard in action from the cockpit


There will be a small number of outdoor stalls selling aviation related goods, books, models to clothing and gifts.

If you are a trader and would like to apply to trade at some or all of our Air Shows, we are now accepting applications. To apply, please complete the online trader application form here. Please note that we only have outdoor space available and you must provide your own stall.

For other trader queries, please contact our Air Show Manager.


As this is a drive-in event, sadly we are unable to offer space for a dedicated Period Paddock as in previous years. However, you are welcome to come along in your vintage or classic car as a normal paying visitor.

If you would like to be kept informed when we are able to re-instate a Period Paddock again (this will depend on Covid restrictions), please fill out your contact details on our online Visiting Vehicle form.

If you are a member of a Car Club and would like to make a bulk booking and reserve several car boxes in the same area, please email our Air Show Manager.


Why not treat your loved ones to a gift experience here at Shuttleworth.
Presented in a gift box with a gift card and Shuttleworth keepsakes.

Find out more and purchase here