2021 Air Shows at Shuttleworth2 Sun May 2021 -
Sun 3 Oct 2021 2021 Air Shows
Top 10 things to do this October half term at Shuttleworth!
1. Spot the enchanted fairies in the Swiss Garden – Ten fairies live in the Swiss Garden, and they are playing hide and seek from our visitors. Can you find them all? They’ve made their outfits from some of the plants and trees! Download the trail here.
2. Leaf collecting – when you find fallen leaves that are simply too pretty to ignore, collect them up, and memorialise them forever with a crayon rubbings. Make colourful crayon rubbings of different kinds of leaves to come up with a beautiful nature-inspired picture. Or grab a bunch of leaves and create a pretty pattern on the ground! Download your activity sheet here.
3. Find the Shuttleworth peacocks – explore the pretty seasonal colours of the Swiss Garden and look out for our two delightful resident peacocks; Snowy and Storm.
4. As we commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of Britain, join our Discovery Team and get up close to our Spitfire and Hurricane. Help construct a giant STIXX Radar tower before undertaking a Chain Home Target Detection & Plotting challenge
5. Have a picnic on the grass area in front of the hangars and you may just see aircraft take off and land!
6. Bark rubbing – Deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter. This makes it harder to identify them. Imagine you are an animal in winter, how would you recognise your tree home? The bark! Use this STEM investigation to study the difference in tree bark. Download your activity sheet here.
7. Join our Bofors Team – Can you recognise enemy aircraft? Can you bring our mighty Bofors anti-aircraft gun to bear on a moving target? And, most importantly, can you keep it supplied with the 15 tonnes of ammunition it can use in an hour?
8. Find some Fungi – Are you mad about mushrooms? Fascinated by fungi? There are plenty of interesting specimens for you to spot in and around the Swiss Garden!
9. Family Detective Trail – Download the Swiss Garden app and put your mini Sherlocks to the test with the family-friendly Swiss Garden Detective Trail. Includes lots of things to spot and a fun quiz to test their knowledge.
10. Run up to the top of the hill in Old Warden Park and be master of all you survey with beautiful views from Shuttleworth House to the Serpentine Lake
The Shuttleworth Collection will be re-opening this weekend, adding the vintage aircraft and vehicles to the sights visitors can enjoy when visiting. The six aircraft & vehicle hangars are open to visitors from Saturday 4 July, with COVID-19 measures in place including hand sanitiser stations positioned throughout. Please be aware of the arrows indicating the direction to follow around the hangars, and ‘in/out’ points.
Shuttleworth now has a single, one-ticket site-fee, replacing the individual paywall for the Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Gardens. This makes a visit even better value, with all six hangars of the Shuttleworth Collection’s vintage aircraft and vehicles, Swiss Garden, and the grade 2 listed North Park all included.
The entry ticket is available to purchase online, with the added benefit that this new online ticket can be used multiple times for up to a month after the date for which it was purchased. Contactless payments are available on the gate but continue to be single-use only.
Shuttleworth is open daily 10.00-17.00, with a ‘site-entry’ fee.
Adults are £15
Children under 16 are free (4 per person).
SVAS and Friends of Swiss Garden members only need to bring valid membership card for free entry.
The engineering workshop is closed to the public to enable our engineers to work safely. The restaurant, gift shop, and Play Area remain closed.
Against the backdrop of very challenging operating environment this year, Shuttleworth has two airshows planned for July that will entertain visitors whilst respecting the need for social distancing.
A first for Shuttleworth, Saturday 18 July will see visitors welcomed to a ‘Drive-in’ style airshow where visitors will be provided with a designated area for their vehicle, with enough space for picnicking and designated ‘welfare zones’ of refreshments, toilets and hand sanitiser. Unlike the usual Shuttleworth airshow format in which visitors are encouraged to explore the Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth House, and discovery zones, to ensure social distancing and adhere to Government Guidelines visitors will be asked to sit within the space around their vehicle to enjoy the flying display. Commentary and pre-show music will be broadcast through FM radio, with a flying programme filled with crowd favourites from the Collection including the 1930’s racing DH88 Comet, special operations Lysander, and the AR501 Spitfire. Tickets are per vehicle, and only available online.
Shuttleworth is also offering a second online airshow, planned to coincide with what would have been the third Sunday show of the season on 5 July. With a theme of “Treasured Moments at Old Warden” this online airshow features some memorable visiting display items over the years, including aircraft no longer flying in the UK, or at all. Highlights include the Fiesler Storch, Albatros D.Va, eGo, Optica, Dragonfly and the last public display for the Avro Vulcan XH558. The Bonus feature is a Pilot’s Eye View of Chief Pilot Paul Stone flying the Bristol Boxkite.
Bringing back the magic feeling of Shuttleworth airshows in two formats: online and as a ‘Drive-in’ experience, visitors can look forward to an aviation filled July that should brighten up the Summer!
Onine Airshow (July) Sunday 5 July: https://www.shuttleworth.org/events/onlineairshow_july/
Evening ‘Drive-in’ display on Saturday 18 July:
From Saturday 6 June our Swiss Garden will be open daily from 10.00-17.00, with visitor access now extended to our grade 2 listed North Park, giving visitors over 50 acres to explore.
There’s a relaxing walk around a garden full of pretty seasonal colour and three delightful peacocks, and the woodland sculpture trail around a lake that is home to nesting swans and other wildlife.
Fantastic views of Shuttleworth House and the surrounding countryside from North Park’s gentle hills.
Picnic benches suitably distanced on the paddocks overlooking our grass airfield, with takeaway, hot food, snacks, and drinks available, and plenty of clean toilets.
Dogs on leads are allowed on site, including North Park, but not inside the Swiss Garden.
The visitor entrance has changed to accommodate the additional areas open to the public, visitors can access the site via the gatehouse in Old Warden Village, and pay at our box office (contactless only) through our new daily ticketing system.
There is no access inside Shuttleworth Collection, Play Area, restaurant, or gift shop in keeping with the latest Government guidance, but we hope that visitors will enjoy the chance to return to Shuttleworth’s attractie outdoor spaces.
Shuttleworth has COVID-19 measures in place to keep our visitors and staff as safe as possible – please read before visiting.
The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has launched a new Aviation Art Competition which will give young people at home an opportunity to use their creative skills to design a flying machine.
The entries, in three age categories, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-15, can be drawn, painted or computer-generated. They should be posted to the Light Aircraft Association’s Turweston headquarters by Tuesday 30th June 2020. Selected entries will be displayed on the LAA’s Facebook page and website in the coming weeks.
Later, they will be judged by experts from the LAA, Shuttleworh Collection and the Guild of Aviation Artists. Prizes will include tickets for the prize winner and family to visit one of the Shuttleworth Collection’s spectacular air shows at Old Warden in Bedfordshire.
Said Anne Hughes (LAA Art Competition Coordinator): “For the last three years the LAA has facilitated a UK Young People’s Aviation Art Competition, with the winning entries forwarded to the FAI’s global contest each May. We hope that, in these difficult times, this competition will inspire the pilots, engineers or designers of the future to continue to look toward the world of aviation and perhaps give parents something different to keep their kids busy! Meantime, I hope everyone has some fun creating their piece of artwork!”
The competition is sponsored by the Light Aircraft Association, the Shuttleworth Collection and the Guild of Aviation Artists. For further information, please email Steve Slater at the Light Aircraft Association.
Shuttleworth has taken on board the latest from the Government information, and our site is now closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown period.
We have also taken the decision to cancel all public events, including airshows, until the end of June, and our team will be in touch with everyone who has booked with us.
These are very unusual circumstances, and we will very much miss the buzz on-site that comes with seeing our wonderful visitors. Please stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you all back a little later in the season.