Shuttleworth Family Day including Air Show

Shuttleworth Family Day including Air Show

The atmosphere, the buzz, the noise and excitement! There’s nothing quite like an air show at the Shuttleworth Collection and Gardens. So much is going on both in the air and on the ground, with an impressive aircraft line-up to see. Join the pilots for an exclusive chat, picnic in the Swiss Garden or enjoy a vintage bus ride and tour of Shuttleworth House.

Date/Time: Sunday, 11th August 2024 at 09:00

Location: Shuttleworth, Alder Drive, Biggleswade, SG18 9EA

Price: £35 per person. Member and guest £70. Children aged 16 and under: Free

Event Organiser: Derrick Daines. 22 Fulford Road, Caterham CR3 5SQ

This day is specifically for families. You may book for up to nine adults plus as many children aged 16 or under as you can bring. The children go free!

This is a day of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, fun fair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!

Children can enjoy a range of engaging activities at the Discovery Zones as well as access to the world-famous Shuttleworth Collection, children’s playground, café and gift shop.

The stunning Swiss Garden will also be open for you to enjoy a walk through the delightful Regency and Victorian layered scenery.

There are also vintage bus rides to the impressive Shuttleworth House where you can learn about the rich history of the Shuttleworth family.

Your ticket includes the following.

Activity Timing
Family Air Show 14:00 – 18:00
Outdoor Cinema 12:00 – 17:00
RAF Red Arrows Flight Simulator 10:00 – 17:00
Fun Fair including Carousel and Ferris Wheel 10:00 – 18:00
Shuttleworth Playground with a range of equipment perfect for ages up to 12 All day
Vintage Bus Rides
Access to Shuttleworth House 10:30 – 14:30
Access to Shuttleworth Swiss Garden All day
Access to the Shuttleworth Collection (see below) All day
Car parking All day

The Shuttleworth Collection is spread across six huge hangars. You will see how aviation design developed from Edwardian times up until the 1950s. Don’t miss the 1909 Blériot XI, which, along with all the other aircraft, is still airworthy. It’s the world’s oldest flying aeroplane and it regularly takes to the sky at Shuttleworth’s air shows.

The Collection also features early 20th century aircraft, cars, buses and motorbikes as well as steam engines and farm machinery. The workshop is always open too, so pop in to say hi and watch the restoration of these treasures.


There are on site catering facilities open for most of the day, but these can get quite busy on popular days such as this. We suggest you bring a picnic.


Shuttleworth has plenty of open space, with flat areas and ramps in the hangars. The large site has a central parking location, so there is always a bit of a walk to get to all the key attractions. Please let the Shuttleworth team know of any specific needs on arrival; they will endeavour to park you as close as possible to yor preferred attraction.

Access to Shuttleworth House is via six steps (without handrails). Shuttleworth is unable to install handrails as the building is grade II* listed.


Shuttleworth is about 50 miles north of London and most of our members will travel by car. Use postcode SG18 9DT for SatNav then follow signs to Shuttleworth. Please note that, depending on traffic and your time of arrival, you may have to queue for anything up to an hour for parking. Arrive early!

The nearest rail stations are Biggleswade (3 miles) and Bedford (9.5 miles). Then it’s a long walk or book a taxi.

Or miss the queues and fly in! Once Derrick has issued your tickets, email the Airfield Manager to book your landing slot or call John de Main on: 07875 028876 and quote your ticket number. Note that the landing fee is an additional £10 payable on the day.

Additional Booking Information

Please enter the number of tickets required for those aged over 16 in your Places Required response. Note: For this event you are able to book for up to nine adults.

Also, enter the number of children (those 16 and under) in your Additional Booking Information response. These tickets are free when purchased with an adult ticket.

Booking Cut-off Date

Bookings will be accepted up to 1st July.

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