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Airshows

Summer Evening 2024

Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome.

Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies, explore the history behind some of our most iconic vehicles and machines, and get up close and personal with some aviation icons as we see the return of our much loved ‘Paddock Uncovered’ experience.

The Old Warden Aerodrome is unique in itself, sporting one of the only remaining grass airfields in the country. It offers a unique setting in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside with picturesque views and stunning scenery that provides a perfect backdrop to our spectacular air displays.

If it is variety you’re after, the vast Shuttleworth site truly has something for all interest types, look through the list below for more information.

What's On

Saturday

Air Show

A Shuttleworth favourite and ever popular Summer Evening Air Show kicks off in style, be ready to be wowed with a number of aircraft appearances.

Flying display: 17:30 – sunset

Supermarine Spitfire AR501

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

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 Zone

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.

Shuttleworth Swiss Garden

Vehicle Parade

A staple of our air shows at Shuttleworth is our vehicle parade displaying our much loved collection of vintage cars & motorcycles across our airfield showing the history and development of the internal combustion engine from the 19th & 20th Century!

Vintage Bus Rides

Over the weekend of the Festival of Flight we will be running our vintage buses between various locations helping everyone to get around the Collection’s site.  Simply step aboard for a unique experience on one of our Edwardian buses that are all over 100 years old.  Or you can travel in style in a 20-minute ride to the House and back in our 1913 Studebaker Light Four, which was imported to the UK to appear in the 1981 film ‘Ragtime’ starring James Cagney.  Look along the hangars for stops for the buses and the Studebaker!

Day tickets for vintage bus rides: £5 per person (accompanied children go free!). Your ticket will permit unlimited rides on the day of purchase.

Tickets for Studebaker: £25 for a family ticket (for up to 4 people, at the driver’s discretion)

All ticket proceeds go towards the running and maintenance of the collection’s vehicles

Wellingborough – Vintage Bus Ride

Ground Attractions

Shuttleworth’s popular ‘Uncovered Paddock’ is back, join us on the airfield for an up close look at the aircraft that will be displaying at the show.

 

Bofors Gun Discovery Zone

Visitors can experience what is was like to work the Bofors Gun in one of our most popular exhibits with our Airfield Defence Section replicating the backbone of aerial defence in wartime Britain. Try your hand at tracking targets alongside your family and friends manually operating Bofors gun itself and experience loading the 22lbs ammunition clips. The Bofors team will also show you how this weapons system worked alongside telescopes, search lights and small arms.

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 Line

Food and Drink

Runway Café

Open 12:00 until 19:00. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal, pick up a coffee and cake or choose from a a large selection of fresh sandwiches and cold drinks.

Lunch served 12:00 until 17:00

Runway Café

Refuelling Bar

Open 12:00 until 20:00pm. Pick up a coffee, sandwich, cold drink or bottled beer and cider, as well as locally sourced ales.

Refuelling Station

Catering Pods

Open 13:00 until 20:00pm. Pick up a coffee, cold drink as well as a tasty locally sourced burger.

Catering Pods

External Caterers

TBC

Aircraft Line Up

Visiting Aircraft

VISITING AIRCRAFT

 

Avro 504K – British Aviation 100

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 – Hurricane 501 Operations

 

Miles Magister 

Nick Blacow

 

Noorduyn Mk.IIb Harvard

 

 Sopwith Dove – P&A Wood

Collection Aircraft

COLLECTION AIRCRAFT

 

Avro Triplane 

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Avro 504K 

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Blackburn Monoplane

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Bleriot XI

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Bristol Boxkite

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Bristol M.Ic

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Comper Swift

 

de Havilland DH.88 Comet

Darren Harbar Photography

de Havilland Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH51

 

de Havilland DH60X Moth

 

Deperdussin

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Desoutter Mk.I

 

Fauvel AV.36

 

Gloster Gladiator

 

Hawker Cygnet 

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.1b

 

Hawker Tomtit

 

Parnell Elf

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Polikarpov Po-2

 

Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A

Darren Harbar Photograpghy

 

Sopwith Pup 

 

Sopwith Triplane

 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc AR501

Darren Harbar Photography

 

Stay With Us

Camping

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)

BOOK HERE – SUMMER EVENING AIR SHOW 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

BOOK HERE

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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

BOOK HERE

Pleasure Flights

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

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.

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.

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 2024 Air Show season please email airshows@shuttleworth.org.