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ModelAir Festival of Flight

For lovers of model flying, ModelAir Festival of Flight offers the chance to enjoy radio controlled, free flight, and control line flying. Watch the action, or bring along your own and take part!

Competitions include:

  • Vic Smeed Memorial Day (bring and fly one of his designs)
  • Vintage RC models welcome


All disciplines of sport flying welcome.

All disciplines of models (Control Line, Free Flight, Radio Control and Radio Assist) are encouraged to fly at all our events. Models and flying style should be in keeping with the historic ethos of The Shuttleworth Collection.

Weight restrictions apply: RC: 15kg; RC assist: 10kg; CL: 5kg; FF: 500g.

The event is suitable for all ages, dogs on leads welcome. There is a trade area and car boot area.

ALL MODELLERS flying model aircraft at ModelAir events, of any discipline, must carry proof of current BMFA insurance whilst flying – and please be prepared to show it to a ModelAir Marshal, if asked.

Refreshments will be available from the Runway Café or the Refuelling Station (dependant on Covid restrictions in place at the time).

All prices include entry to the Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden, Parkland and Playground.

Terms and conditions apply.

After you have completed the online booking process, you will receive an automatic email with your tickets enclosed. If you do not receive your tickets, please check your spam/junk folders.



Camping is available on site from Thursday to Monday over the event weekend.

Please complete the online booking form here and purchase your camping pitch for the number of nights you require below. After completing the booking form, our team will be in touch to confirm your details have been received and provide further details.

On event days each person must have a valid event ticket. Please also read the Camping Terms & Conditions prior to booking.

Please note: We allow tents, campervans, and caravans. All campers must provide their own self-contained toilet and washing facilities.

For camping enquiries, please email: camping@shuttleworth.org or tel: 01767 627965.



Although some pilots take the competitions seriously, ModelAir run most of the competitions as a light-hearted way of recognising the skill and expertise of modellers at the weekend flying events. On some occasions, awards have been won by pilots who didn’t know they were being judged – much to their surprise and delight, of course!

Competitions are usually run on the Sunday of each event. To be included in the competitions, models must have been flown successfully.

All pilots please note and abide by new CAA regulations.

For more information please visit www.modelair.info and www.facebook.com/ModelairAtOldWarden