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Airshows

Best of British 2024

The start of our 60th anniversary of air displays begins with our Best of British Air Show on the 12th May!

A popular event in previous years, our Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world. Shuttleworth is proud to house the oldest airworthy British aircraft, aeroplanes that have played their part in defending the British skies, as well as racers, gliders, motor vehicles and agricultural equipment that all could be classed as the very best of what this country has created.

The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK.

Shuttleworth air shows are perfect for all ages, with ground attractions, our Discovery Zones, as well as delicious food and drink that can be located across the whole Shuttleworth site.

To get away from the noise and buzz of the airfield, why not pay a visit to our RHS Partner Swiss Garden, which will be open throughout the day for a more relaxing change of scenery.

Like most air shows at Shuttleworth, children enter for free, and early bird tickets are on sale now for a reduced price on adult tickets!

 

What's On

Sunday

Air Show

A traditional Sunday air show to kick off the 2024 season. Be ready to be wowed with a number of aircraft appearances from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as exciting visiting acts that will be joining us for the day.

Running approx. 14:00 until 18:00

Supermarine Spitfire AR501

Interactive Discovery Zones

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 to design and build their own chuck-glider with Time & Space Learning.

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 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.

New for 2024

Build a 1/3 scale Hawker Hurricane with Sci-Hi Education, immerse yourself in the Mark Rutherford School’s Incredible Planetarium, have creative fun with the Charlie Moore Art Club and Time & Space Learning’s Aer0naut School.

Discovery Zone

Shuttleworth House

Open 10:30 until 14:30

Why not take the unique opportunity to explore Shuttleworth House and learn more about the vivid history of the Shuttleworth family. The grade II* listed property was built in 1875 by Henry Clutton. From original period detailing to a Victorian Grand Piano, enormous chandeliers and gold-leafed ceilings, Shuttleworth House has is all.

Shuttleworth House
Shuttleworth House

Shuttleworth Swiss Garden

Enjoy a walk through ornate ironwork gates into a delightful Regency and Victorian layered garden. Discover a green and pleasant idyll, with a fascinating history dating back to its creation at the start of the nineteenth century.  There is plenty to enjoy in every corner of the garden, whether it be the brightly decorated Indian Kiosk, the quirky Swiss Cottage, or the magical Grotto & Fernery with its own micro climate and unique variety of exotic plants.

Shuttleworth Swiss Garden

Vintage Bus Rides

Step aboard one of Shuttleworth’s vintage buses and enjoy a trip to Shuttleworth House and back, as well as rides along the front of the Collection Hangars.

Wellingborough – Vintage Bus Ride

Shuttleworth Playground

Take the little ones on an adventure through the Shuttleworth Playground with a range of equipment perfect for ages up to 12.

Shuttleworth Playground

Ground Attractions

More details to follow

Traders

Spend time browsing and enjoying a wide variety of traders on site, accompanied by the Shuttleworth Shop where you can pick up your pre booked event programme.

Air Show traders
Traders Line

Food and Drink

Runway Café

Open 09:00am until 17:00pm. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal, pick up a coffee and cake or choose from a a large selection of fresh sandwiches and cold drinks.

Breakfast served 09:00 until 11:00

Lunch served 12:00 until 15:00

Runway Café

Refuelling Bar

Open 09:00am until 17:00pm. Pick up a coffee, sandwich, cold drink or bottled beer and cider, as well as locally sourced ales.

Refuelling Station

Catering Pods

Open 10:00am until 16:00pm. Pick up a coffee, cold drink as well as a tasty locally sourced burger.

Catering Pods

External Caterers

TBC

Car Clubs

Porsche Club GB will be joining us with approximately 100 cars.

 

Approximately 30 cars will also be joining us from the Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club.

 

As well as 10 cars from the Facel Vega Car Club UK.

Aircraft Line Up

Visiting Aircraft

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV  –  Fighter Aviation Engineering Ltd

Darren Harbar Photography

 

de Havilland Vampire T.11 – Vampire Preservation

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Hawker Fury Mk.I – Historic Aircraft Collection

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Bristol Blenheim MK.IF

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Bristol Scout

Darren Harbar Photography

 

More aircraft to be announced soon…

Collection Aircraft

Avro C19 Anson

Avro Triplane

Avro 504K

Blériot XI

Blackburn Monoplane Type D

Bristol Boxkite

Bristol F.2b Fighter

Bristol M1C

Comper Swift

de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

de Havilland DH.51

de Havilland DH.60X Moth

de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH.88 Comet

Deperdussin

Gloster Gladiator

Hawker Cygnet

Hawker Sea Hurricane Ib

Hawker Tomtit

Miles Hawk Speed Six

Miles Magister

Parnall Elf

Percival Mew Gull

Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a

Sopwith Pup

Sopwith Triplane

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vc

Westland Lysander

Stay With Us

Camping

Best of British Camping

From 1-person tents to large motorhomes can enjoy the beauty of camping at Old Warden Park.

£20 per pitch, per night

(Available from 1 to 4 nights: Thursday – Sunday)

BOOK HERE – BEST OF BRITISH 2024

 

The House

The Garden Suite Accommodation

Offering beautiful views across the parkland and situated just a short walk away from the Collection & Gardens.

Prices starting from £65*

*per single room, per night

BOOK HERE

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The Flat

Our truly unique self-contained apartment within Shuttleworth House boasting beautiful views across Old Warden Park.

Exclusively available on airbnb for 2024

From £110 per night

BOOK HERE (AIRBNB)

Pleasure Flights and Tours

Flightline Tours

Flightline Tours

Take the opportunity to experience a unique up close look into the collection and visiting displaying aircraft by joining a flightline Tour.

To book, click on the picture or link below.

https://www.shuttleworth.org/product/flightline-tours-2024

 

Pleasure Flights

Further Information to come…

Group Bookings

Group Bookings

Group Bookings

For group and coach rates please email groups@shuttleworth.org or call 07375 639 683

Getting Here

Driving

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

By Air

Visiting Pilots

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.

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

Taxis

Drop off and pick up for taxis entrance on Hill Lane, postcode: SG18 9EP.

Important Information

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Find our FAQ section here: Air Shows Frequently Asked Questions – Shuttleworth Events & Attractions

For all other queries regarding our 2024 Air Show season please email airshows@shuttleworth.org.