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Shuttleworth Flying Circus

Circus performers on the ground and in the air will produce a spectacle all from the comfort of a covid-secure box with barnstormers, wing walkers, pyrotechnic aerobatics and a huge firework display.

The Shuttleworth Flying Circus is a completely new Drive-In Evening Air Display with incredible and popular barnstorming air displays; jaw dropping roving circus performers keeping you entertained from your covid-secure parking box; the famous twilight aerobatic pyrotechnic display and a bonanza fireworks display. Whether a flying circus means to you the Red Baron or the Ministry of Silly Walks, you’ll find it all at the Shuttleworth Flying Circus.

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. Catering and 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) and Shuttleworth House and hangars (up to Tier 3). 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.


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 .


Shuttleworth permit camping from Thursday to Sunday Night, we allows tents, caravans and motorhomes.

We offer wild camping only, no toilet or shower facilities are available, to camp you must provide your own

Campers may enter the Visitor Attraction free of charge for the duration of their stay.

Please read our Camping Terms and Conditions prior to booking.

Shuttleworth Gift Box

The Shuttleworth Gift Box is a wonderful gift for either a friend or a loved one. Presented in a gift box with a gift card and Shuttleworth keepsakes. Just add to your basket in the ‘Book your tickets’ section at the top of the page.

Please note: the gift experience can only be posted to addresses within the UK. We aim to post all gift boxes within 7 days of purchase by Royal Mail, all gift boxes will be posted 1st class.