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Shuttleworth in Lights 2024

What is Shuttleworth in Lights?

For 6+ years Shuttleworth has been running the Lights events from the end of November through to mid-December.

When the sun goes down our Garden and Hangars are illuminated in a wonderful display of big, bold, colour, showcasing the wonderful natural features of our landscape and heritage.

The Shuttleworth Trust is a charity so events like these really do help to keep the magic of aviation, automotive and agricultural history and education alive year on year.

We are proud to say all our lights events are produced entirely in-house by our dedicated teams: from maintenance crews to catering staff to weddings and events teams, gardeners, aircraft engineers, vehicle volunteers and many more hands comes together to make these events happen.

We thank you for your support and hope to continue for many years to come!

Showcasing Shuttleworth

Come and explore the world-famous Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden in a way you’ve never seen them before!

Literally shining the light on what makes us unique – our 199 year old Regency style Swiss Garden and our world-famous Shuttleworth Collection full of vintage aircraft and vehicles.

Begin your adventure with a cup of hot chocolate or maybe even mulled wine from our coffee pod before purchasing your glow sticks at the box office and making your way through the gates and into the historic Swiss Garden – lit up in spectacular new ways.

Follys, fountains, bridges, vases, trees & shrubs and mini houses – the Swiss Garden was constructed 199 years ago and continues to surprise to this day – whether you’re a first timer or a life-timer there’s sure to be new views to discover and new features to excite as you meander the intimate route through our quaint historic garden.

Take your time in the gardens before heading through to the Runway Café to be warmed with hot snacks, drinks and treats from the counter – maybe even take a trip into our Gift Shop to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts!

The final part of our illuminated trail – The Collection – takes you through the 100+ years of aviation and automotive history packed into our six hangars; from the WW1 aircraft that soared above no-man’s land to those that have starred in Hollywood blockbusters, steam engines, buses, motorbikes and carriages and so much more – there’s something for everyone!


Ticket Info



Dogs – We welcome well-behaved dogs on Fridays Only. All dogs must be on a lead, and all owners must dispose of pet waste appropriately.

All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Terms and conditions apply, and bookings are subject to availability.

How to Find Us

Please use Alder Drive which is located off the B658 (our Hill Lane access will be closed)

Whilst we appreciate you may wish to arrive promptly, please do not arrive sooner than 15 minutes before your timeslot.

Address: Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 9DT.


















We have a brilliant team of car parkers who will safely guide you to the parking area.

Blue Badge parking is available; please clearly display your badge on arrival to assist parking staff who will direct you to the right area. We ask that you work with our parking team, follow their guidance and park where directed.

Once you have parked up, please make your way to the box office at the Blister Hangar and have your tickets ready to show either printed or on your phone.



There will be toilets located along the route. The location of these can be found on the attached route map.


The Runway Café and Coffee Pod will serve hot and cold drinks, festive treats and snack.


The Gift Shop will be open until 21:00 each evening with a wonderful section of gifts, cards, toys and much more.


The route is generally accessible for all, but please bear in mind this is an evening walk around a grade 2* historic venue, grounds and gardens with many level changes. Some areas may not be accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooters, please ask a member of the team for alternative

Other Information

~ As this is an outside event warm, waterproof protective clothing and footwear is recommended.

~ Please bring a torch with you.

~ A team of dedicated stewards on hand to provide assistance/answer questions.

~ Be considerate of others.

~ Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

~ Please be kind and considerate to our staff and volunteers.

~ Please take your rubbish home with you.

~ Children must be accompanied at all times.

~ Only assistance dogs are permitted at this event.

Photography Credits: 

Darren Harbar Photography, Scott Perry, Andrew Braban