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Airshows

Race Day Air Show

Back by popular demand, our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air.

He was known for his skill at racing horses, motor vehicles and aircraft which saw him win many accolades including the Donington Park Challenge Trophy in 1935.

Our Race Day Air Show brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies.  We are delighted to welcome the holder of three World Land Speed Records, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 350hp Sunbeam ‘Bluebird’, alongside 50 other historic racers.

The event also features a fantastic selection of ground activities for all, including vintage bus rides, classic car and motorbike parades, Discovery Zones, live music and much more.  Your ticket also entitles you to access the full Shuttleworth Collection and Gardens throughout the day.

Be sure to check out our Edwardian Car Demonstration Sprints that will take place on the main runway:

11.00 – 12.00 – Shuttleworth Sprint 

12.15 – 12.30 – Blue Bird Sprint 

13.00 – 13.30 – 1,000m Sprint

Please note, tickets purchased when advertised as Wings and Wheels Air Show 2023 will still be valid.

Ground Attractions

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.

Aircraft Line-up

Shuttleworth Operated Aircraft: 

Avro Anson

Avro Triplane

Blackburn B2

Blériot XI

Bristol Boxkite

Comper Swift

de Havilland Chipmunk

de Havilland DH.88 Comet

de Havilland DH.51

de Havilland DH.60X Moth

Deperdussin

Desoutter I

Gloster Gladiator

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

Southern Martlet

Supermarine Spitfire Vc

Westland Lysander

Visiting Aircraft:

Cassutt Racer III ‘Kermit’ – Trevor Jarvis

Chilton DW1A – Chris Barnes

Chilton DW1A – Michael Gibbs

Hawker Fury Mk.II – Fighter Aviation Engineering

Zivko Edge 540 – Mark Jefferies

North American T6 Harvard – Hurricane Heritage

North American T6 Harvard – T6 Harvard Ltd

North American T6 Harvard – Navy Wings

Percival Mew Gull – David Beale

Slingsby Kirby Kite

Slingsby Petrel – Graham Saw

Spartan 7W Executive – Nigel Pickard

Supermarine Seafire XVII – Navy Wings

Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI – Aircraft Restoration Company

Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship – Richard Seeley

Travel Air D4000 – Richard Seeley

 

*More visiting acts to be announced.

Sprint Vehicles

Cars:

AJS 9HP Sports
Alfa Romeo Zagato
Alvis 12/50
Amilcar-Riley Hill Climb Special
1932 Aston Martin
Aston Martin 12/50 Tourer
Aston Martin Razor Blade
Austin 7 Ulster
Bentley 4 ½ litre
Berliet/Curtiss 2 Seat Racer
BMW 328
Brasier Raceabout
Bugatti Type 51
DeDietrich
De Dion Bouton/Curtiss Race Special
Fafnir Hall-Scott Aero Special
Fiat 24/40
Ford Model T (x5)
Ford Model T Speedster (x2)
Ford Roadster
Hupmobile Model 20
Hupmobile Model R
KRIT Speedster
Lea Francis P Type 12/40
Luxior Racer
MG VA
Morgan Aero Anzani
Morgan Aero (x2)
Morgan Supersports
Morgan Supersports Aero
MORS (Paris) Type XR
Riley 9
Riley 12/4 Sports Special
Riley Brooklands Sprint
Riley Lynx
Riley TT Sprite
Sunbeam 16/9 Drophead
Sunbeam 20 Weymann
Sunbeam 350HP ‘Blue Bird’
Talbot 90 Brooklands Rep
Wolseley Hornet Special (x2)

Motorcycles:

AJS Bigport
AJS M6
AJS Model B
AJS R7 OHC
Ariel Bike Ariel JAP 500
BSA Bike H1
BSA Bike L28
BSA M23 Silver Star
BSA S26 S26 Sidevalve
Harley Davidson Board Track Racer
Harley Davidson FH
Harley Davidson J Board Track
Martinsyde Quick 6 750cc
Norton Bike m50
Norton ES2
Norton International
Norton International M30
Raleigh Bike MH30
Royal Enfield 355 350cc
Royal Enfield Bike bo 250
Rudge Autocycle
Rudge Bike Leigh Sprint Special
Rudge Bike Sports Special
Rudge Special 500
Scott Bike Flying Squirrel
Sunbeam Bike Model 9 (x2)
Sunbeam 250 Longstroke
Triumph Bike CSD (x2)
Triumph Bike L2/1
Triumph Model P 500cc
Triumph Speed Twin
Velocette Bike KSS
Velocette Bike MOV
Velocette KSS Mk1
Velocette Mk8 KTT
Velocette MAC

More vehicles to be announced shortly.

Paddock Vehicles

Cars:

AC ACE
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Austin Nippy
Austin 7RR
Austin A40 Devon
Austin A40 Farina
Austin Type 65
Austin Seven Pearl
Austin 7 RM Box Saloon
Austin 7 Opal
Austin Seven Pearl
Austin Seven
Austin 12/4 Taxi
Austin Seven Saloon
Austin Burnham 12/4
Austin ARR Ruby Mk2
Austin Seven
Austin Healey 3000
Austin Martin 1.5l Kk II
Bayloss Thomas 10hp Speedster
Bentley 4.5l Special
Bentley Continental R
Bentley 3l VDP
Bentley GTC W12
Bentley S1 Parkland DHC
Bentley MkIV Special
Bentley R Type
Bentley Contintental GT
Bentley 3l Le Mans Team Car
Bentley 4.5l
Bentley Fastback
Bentley Le Mans
Bentley Turbo R
Bristol 403
Chevrolet Camaro
Citroen Traction Avant
Citroen 11BL Legere
Ford Zephyr
Ford Zodiac MK3
Ford Model A Coupe
Ford Model 18
Ford Prefect E493A
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Zodiac Mk11
Humber 14/40
Humber 12/25 Tourer
Humber Sceptre
Jaguar mk2
Lagonda Rapier
Lanchester 10 light saloon
Land Rover Series 3 88 SWB
MG D
MG TD
MG 18/80
MG Midget
MG B
MG MGBGT
MG YB YB
Morris Series 1 Eight
Morris Minor
Morris Minor 2 seater
Morris Oxford (bullnose)
Pembleton Supersports
Porsche 924 CarreraGT
Riley March Special
Riley Kestrel
Riley Gamecock
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Rolls Royce 20/25
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca
Rover V8 P6 Saloon
Sunbeam Talbot MK11A
Talbot Lago T150CMD
TATRA T600 Tatraplan
Triumph TR6
Vauxhall Victor
Vauxhall GL Limo
VW Beetle
Wolseley 14/60

Motorcycles:

Aermacchi 350cc Ala d’oro Road Racer
AJS M9
AJS Bike Model B
Arial Bike 500 OHV
BSA Blue Star
BSA A7
BSA S23
BSA L28
Francis-Barnett Cruiser J45
Harley Davidson WLC
Kawasaki S3
Matchless K4
New Hudson Delux Tourer
Norton 16H Sports (VMCC)
Royal Enfield Contintental GT
Rudge bike Leigh Sprint Special
Sunbeam Model 5
Triumph Speed Twin
Triumph T100R Daytona
Velocette GTP250

More vehicles to be announced shortly.

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.

Children's Activities

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.

Food & Drink

This year, we have a range of catering outlets on-site to fulfil your every need!

Runway Café
09.00 – 17.30
Our Runway Café has a range of options to keep your thirst quenched and your appetite satisfied. Breakfast is served until 11am, with lunch being served from 12pm.

Refuelling Station 
09:00-17:30

If you fancy an alcoholic beverage or a snack, make sure to visit our Refuelling Station.

Burger Pod and Coffee Pod
09:00-17:00

Come and visit our wonderful coffee pod, or grab a burger at our burger station.

Traders

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

Vintage Vehicle Pass

By invitation Only

 

We are keen to involve a range of in keeping vintage vehicles in our Race Day event.

All entrants must receive confirmation of invitation from the vehicle team by contacting Paul Heywood (paul.heywood@shuttleworth.org)

Please do not proceeding with the purchase of a pass before obtaining the invitation.

Pricing

Pre 1939 Vehicles – Free

Post 1939 to 1980 Vehicles – £12.00

to purchase your pass click the link Race Day 2023 – Vintage Vehicle Pass – Shuttleworth Events & Attractions

 

*Purchase of a pass without the invitation confirmation will not automatically gain you entry. 

 

Pleasure Flights


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.

 

Wild Camping

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. Please note prices are per pitch.

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.

For more details on camping click here

Group Bookings

For group, coach, and car club rates please email groups@shuttleworth.org

 

STAY

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Accommodation is available at Shuttleworth House for Sunday night.

For more information and to book, click here.

 

 

Event Programmes

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.

Getting Here

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

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.

Public Transport

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

Taxis

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

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.