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Festival of Flight 2024

Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight!

We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today.

The Shuttleworth Collection is the proud home of a variety of airworthy aircraft, including the world’s oldest aircraft and oldest British aircraft still flying today.

We are also the home of a great collection of iconic racers, warbirds, civilian aircraft, and gliders that will be on display. If all this wasn’t enough, you will also be treated to some fabulous displays from our visiting acts.

Activities for the whole family will be spread across the three days including an exciting air display, outdoor cinema, fun fair, delicious food and drink, tours, a fly in, and more!

Check out the list below for a full breakdown of what will be happening across the three days.

What's On

Friday

International Fly In

Join us to welcome a selection of pilots and their aircraft flying in from across the UK and Europe to kick start the weekend celebrations.

Fly In – More details to follow

Evening Flying Display

A short evening flying display will be taking place between 20:00 and 21:00

Evening Flying Display

Shuttleworth Open House

  • Open 11:00 – 23:00
  • House Tours
  • Free Activities, including table tennis, air hockey and table football
  • Shuttleworth bar open 12:00 until 23:00
  • Street food outlets open from midday
  • Free admission for all ticket holders
  • NEW ANNOUNCEMENT:
  • Live music from 7pm for all campers & accommodation guests!
Shuttleworth House

Outdoor Cinema

  • Running daily from midday until late
  • Films listings to be announced shortly
  • Located on Paddock 4 – adjacent the Swiss Garden
  • FREE to access, included in the admission price, viewing will be on a first come first serve basis until capacity is reached.
Outdoor Cinema

Ground Activities

  • Typhoon Flight Simulator running daily from 10:00 until 20:00
  • FREE to access, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground
Typhoon Flight Simulator

 

  • Fun Fair stalls including, Hook a Duck, Hoopla and Shooting Stall,
  • Running from 10:00 until 20:00
  • FREE to play, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground
Hook a Duck

 

  • Fun Fair Including Bungee trampolines, Carousel, Climbing Walls and Mini Jet ride.
  • Running from 10:00 until 20:00
  • FREE to use, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground
Carousel

 

More to follow…

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

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.

Grotto & Fernery

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.

Traders

Saturday

Air Show

Saturday kicks of the first of Shuttleworth’s two day celebration displays,

Flying display: 13:00 until 17:00.

Supermarine Spitfire AR501

Garden Suite Sports Bar 

(at Shuttleworth House)

  • Open 10am – 11pm
  • Shuttleworth bar open all day Saturday & Sunday 
  • Worried you’ll miss the Euros? 
  • We’ve got you covered with live sports showing in the Garden Suite
  • Street Food outlets open in the evening

 

Festival of Flight Banquet 2024

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 Zones

Outdoor Cinema

  • Running daily from midday until late
  • Films listings to be announced shortly
  • Located on Paddock 4 – adjacent the Swiss Garden
  • FREE to access, included in the admission price, viewing will be on a first come first serve basis until capacity is reached.
Outdoor Cinema

Ground Activities

  • Typhoon Flight Simulator running daily from 10:00am until 20:00pm,
  • FREE to access, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground
Typhoon Flight Simulator

 

  • Fun Fair stalls including, Hook a Duck, Hoopla and Shooting Stall,
  • Running from 10:00am until 20:00pm
  • FREE to play, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground
Hook a Duck

 

  • Fun Fair including Bungee trampolines, Carousel, Climbing Walls and Mini Jet ride.
  • Running from 10:00am until 20:00pm
  • FREE to use, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground
Carousel

 

More to follow…

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

 

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.

Grotto & Fernery

 

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

Special Guest

Romain Hugault

Renowned Aviation Illustrator, Romain Hugualt will be joining us for the weekend, bringing a trade stand with him.

Romain Hugualt

Sunday

Air Show

Day two of Shuttleworth’s Festival of Flight Air Show, promises to be a finale to remember.

Flying display: 12:00 until 16:00.

Supermarine Spitfire AR501

 

Garden Suite Sports Bar 

(at Shuttleworth House)

  • Open 10am – 11pm
  • Shuttleworth bar open all day Saturday & Sunday 
  • Worried you’ll miss the Euros? 
  • We’ve got you covered with live sports showing in the Garden Suite
  • Street Food outlets open in the evening

Vintage Bus Rides

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

1913 ‘The Wellingborough’ Leyland ST

Outdoor Cinema

  • Running daily from 10:00 until 17:00
  • Films listings to be announced shortly
  • Located on Paddock 4 – adjacent the Swiss Garden
  • FREE to access, included in the admission price, viewing will be on a first come first serve basis until capacity is reached.

Ground Activities

  • Typhoon Flight Simulator running daily from 10:00 until 20:00,
  • FREE to access, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground

 

  • Fun Fair stalls including, Hook a Duck, Hoopla and Shooting Stall,
  • Running from 10:00 until 20:00
  • FREE to play, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground

 

  • Fun Fair including Bungee trampolines, Carousel, Climbing Walls and Mini Jet ride.
  • Running from 10:00 until 20:00
  • FREE to use, included in the admission price
  • Located on Paddock 3 – Adjacent the Playground

 

More to follow…

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.

 

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 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.

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

 

Special Guest

Romain Hugault

Renowned Aviation Illustrator, Romain Hugualt will be joining us for the weekend, bringing a trade stand with him.

Romain Hugualt

Fly In Departures

After a weekend of celebrations aircraft and their pilots will begin departing Old Warden from 15:00.

Fly In Departures

Aircraft Line Up

Visiting Aircraft

Hawker Tempest II – Fighter Aviation Engineering Ltd

PBY-5A Catalina – Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd

More aircraft to be announced soon…

Collection Aircraft

Details to follow…

Private Pods

Private Pods

Enjoy the weekend in style with a private pod overseeing the flying display.

Pods are available on the Saturday, Sunday or for the weekend.

for more information click the link below

Festival of Flight Private Pods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival of Flight 2024: Private Pods – Shuttleworth Events & Attractions

 

 

Food and Drink

Friday

Runway Café

Open 09:00am until 20:00pm. 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

Dinner served 16:00 until 18:00

Runway Café

Refuelling Bar

Open 09:00am until 20:00pm. Pick up a coffee, cold drink or bottled beer and cider, as well as locally sourced ales.

Refuelling Station

Catering Pods

Open 11:00am until 20:00pm. Pick up a coffee, cold drink as well as a tasty locally sourced burger or hot dog.

Catering Pods

External Caterers

TBC

Saturday

Runway Café

Open 09:00am until 20:00pm. 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

Dinner served 16:00 until 18:00

Runway Café

Refuelling Bar

Open 09:00 until 20:00. Pick up a coffee, cold drink or bottled beer and cider, as well as locally sourced ales.

Refuelling Station

Catering Pods

Open 11:00am until 20:00pm. Pick up a coffee, cold drink as well as a tasty locally sourced burger or hot dog.

Catering Pods

External Caterers

TBC

Sunday

Runway Café

Open 09:00 until 17:00. 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, cold drink or bottled beer and cider, as well as locally sourced ales.

Refuelling Station

Catering Pods

Open 09:00 until 16:00. Pick up a coffee, cold drink as well as a tasty locally sourced burger or hot dog.

Catering Pods

External Caterers

TBC

Stay With Us

Camping

Festival of Flight Camping

Now with showering and toilet facilities meaning everyone 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)

Festival of Flight Camping 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

WAITING LIST NOW OPEN EMAIL:

reception@shuttleworth.org

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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

WAITING LIST NOW OPEN EMAIL:

reception@shuttleworth.org

Flightline Tours and Pleasure Flights

Flightline Tours

Flightline Tours

SATURDAY  ONLY

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.

Flightline Tours

 

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.

Flying In

Visiting Pilots

 

For those visitors wishing to fly into the show PPR slots are available and can be booked via email to the Airfield Manager (tower@shuttleworth.org).

Arriving in an aircraft registered pre 1950, for this year enjoy one free tickets for a single engine aircraft, and two free tickets for a twin engine aircraft, please look out for more information on how to obtain your tickets in your PPR confirmation email.

Those arriving in a pre 1950’s registered aircraft can also take advantage of free weekend camping next to the airfield. To book your pitch please email camping@shuttleworth.org

Pilots arriving direct from outside the United Kingdom should also complete a GAR

(https://www.submit-general-aviation-report.service.gov.uk/welcome/index)

Pedestrians and 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 2023 Air Show season please email airshows@shuttleworth.org.