Bedfordshire Vintage Air Show
Join us for a unique celebration of Shuttleworth’s Steam and Agricultural Heritage, accompanied by a thrilling air display.
As well as a unique opportunity to enjoy world-class resident exhibits on parade; witness some of the UK’s finest examples of heritage steam engines, motor vehicles and aircraft.
Bedfordshire has always been lucrative arable farming country, so where better to enjoy some of the trendsetters of the agricultural industry!
The Shuttleworth Trust was established in 1944, to recognise the legacy of Richard Shuttleworth. As he grew up in an era of great change, with the introduction of steam powered travel and later the combustion engine, the Bedfordshire Vintage Air Show plans to not only honour his great interest, but also to showcase all the important vehicles and aircraft that were at the forefront of engineering for their time.
Before the main flying display, there are plenty of other attractions to fill your day! Select from the drop down menu below to find out further details and opening times.
Shuttleworth Collection and Gardens
Open all day.
View our amazing collection of aircraft, vintage vehicles and several heritage exhibits in our hangars. Most of the Collection is in flying / working condition, so some of the exhibits may be flying or exhibited outside during the event.
For further information on the exhibits, please view details on our Collection page.
Shuttleworth’s Gardens include the Swiss Garden, a hidden romantic treasure and 10 acres of landscaped gardens. This garden 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!
View the Swiss Garden page for further details.
House open: 11:00 – 15:00 (Last entry at 14:30)
Explore the glorious Victorian residence of the Shuttleworth family. Take a tour around a selection of the rooms which are full of original period detail, including a Victorian Grand Piano, enormous chandeliers, gold-leafed ceilings and panelled walls.
To get to the House, you can choose to walk from the Swiss Garden via the Shrubbery Walk, or alternatively hop on board the Vintage Bus which stops in front of the hangars.
On non air show days, the House is used for a variety of Shuttleworth events, and can be hired exclusively for weddings and other events.
Visit the Shuttleworth House page for further details.
The Discovery Zones at Shuttleworth air displays are buzzing with engaging interactives aimed at all ages.
The very young are really excited to be given the chance to pilot the Joystick Club’s awesome pedal planes. The disappointment felt by those too tall to fit in them is soon tempered by the opportunity to construct and launch their own stomp rocket with YES or even sit in a real aeroplane.
Simulators are always popular, be it the British Gliding Association’s K13 cockpit simulator, WAHT’s superbly visceral Rocking Nacelle WW1 cockpit sim or the Joystick Club’s incredible Tomahawk and Seneca cockpit sims.
It is not all about flying, though – Shuttleworth’s Discovery Team will always have a really fun activity for you to build and take away, such as their ever-popular pop-pop steam boats or rapid racers. Budding artists of all ages can try their hand at creating a work of art with the LAA Art for All Roadshow. And those who like their creations to be on a smaller scale can sit down with IPMS Brampton for the free Airfix Make n’ Paint workshops.
For only £10, you get the chance to get up-close and personal with the Collection’s historic aircraft as part of our Flightline Tour. With the tour lasting approximately 45 minutes, this is a wonderful opportunity to be in the flightline of the unique and vintage aircraft from the world-renowned Shuttleworth Collection.
Knowledgeable guides are always on hand to talk about the aircraft on display, or to answer any questions you may have.
You can book your Flightline Tour here
Join one of our Shuttleworth pilots as they give a talk at 1:30pm.
This rare opportunity gives you the chance to meet someone who takes our vintage and modern aircraft to the skies, as well as finding out what it takes to control these historic machines in flight.
Pilot chat location and aircraft TBC.
Food & Drink
This year, we have a range of catering outlets on-site to fulfil your every need!
09.00 – 17.00
Our Runway Café has a range of options to keep your thirst quenched and your appetite satisfied.
Hangar 3 Café
10.00 – 15.00
As well as hot and cold beverages, you will also be able to indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea or a Ploughman’s Lunch at our Hangar 3 Cafe.
Refuelling Station and Burger Pod
10.00 – 18.00
If you fancy an alcoholic beverage and a burger, our Refuelling Station and Burger Pod have got you covered!
10.00 – 18.00
Come and visit our wonderful coffee pod.
Spend some time browsing and shopping for a variety of aviation memorabilia, gifts, souvenirs and crafts along our trade area, located opposite the Collection hangars.
If you have products you wish to sell, trading opportunities are available at all our six Sunday and three Saturday evening air shows. For further information and to apply to trade, CLICK HERE.
Experience an exhilarating introductory 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.
To book your once in a lifetime flight experience, please visit the T6 Harvard Aviation website HERE.
Please note that these experiences are part of the Air Show attractions, and you will still need to book an air show ticket in addition.
Harvard Introductory flights are operated by an external company, T6 Harvard Ltd. Please be sure to read their Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
Are you interested in being an exhibitor at our Bedfordshire Vintage Air Show? We are looking for steam, vintage and agricultural exhibits to add to the shows impressive ground attractions.
To find out more, please contact the Air Show team at email@example.com
Camping is available for self-sufficient camping – tents, caravans, folding campers and motorhomes with their own washing and toilet facilities.
Available from Thursday – Monday only with a minimum two-night stay.
All campers receive complimentary access to the daily Visitor Attraction but are required to purchase an air show ticket in addition to the pitch fee.
Accommodation is available at Shuttleworth House for Sunday night.
For more information and to book, click here.
For group, coach, and car club rates please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming to one of our 2023 Air Shows? Why not pick up a programme?
Available to purchase online in advance now or on the day, these limited-edition air show programmes will be a superb souvenir from your day at Shuttleworth.
Order yours now along with your air show ticket and it will be ready waiting for you to collect from the Shuttleworth Shop.
Airshow Souvenir Box
Buying a friend or family member an airshow ticket as a gift and want to add a little something on top? Or maybe you just want a memento to remember your time with us? Our airshow souvenir box is exactly what you need.
Each box is £13.99 including post and packing, and includes the following:
- 3D Model Plane Kit
- Shuttleworth Torch-Keyring
- Airshows 2023 Pen
- Bag of Sweets
Please note contents may vary and are subject to change.
Order now to be a part of the first batch posted by 12th December. The perfect gift in time for Christmas!
Travel by car, air, free bus, cycle, or on foot
Please expand on the sections below for details on how to access the air show site.
Address: Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9DT
Access to the Air Show site by car or motorbike is via Alder Drive. This is located on the B658 Shefford Road. To find us please use the postcode SG18 9DT and follow the AA signage.
We are two miles due west of the A1 at Biggleswade, approx 20 miles from J13 on M1.
Please note that depending on traffic and your time of arrival, you may have to queue for anything up to an hour.
The old Collection entrance on Hill Lane is for pedestrians, cyclists and air show participants only.
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 an air show ticket for each person in your aircraft.
Once you have bought your ticket, please email the Airfield Manager to book your landing slot 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.
A free shuttlebus will run from Biggleswade train station to Shuttleworth and back on a loop.
Bus timetable tbc.
Drop off and pick up for the bus is at the Hill Lane Entrance, postcode: SG18 9EP
Pedestrians & Cyclists
Pedestrians and cyclists can enter via the gate on Hill Lane, where a member of staff will check your ticket on arrival. Please note that tickets must be pre-booked as we do not sell tickets on the day at this entrance.
Hill Lane entrance postcode: SG18 9EP
Drop off and pick up for taxis entrance on Hill Lane, postcode: SG18 9EP.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find our FAQ section here: Air Shows Frequently Asked Questions – Shuttleworth Events & Attractions
For all other queries regarding our 2023 Air Show season please email email@example.com.
Ticket Protection – Terms and Conditions
Our Ticket Protection offers piece of mind when purchasing your ticket. However, as is the case with any Ticket Protection policy, there will be some specific circumstances when this may not be valid.
To find out more about our Ticket Protection, please head to: Ticket Protection – Shuttleworth Events & Attractions