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Shuttleworth Collection Airshows 2017

Overview of the 2017 shows. Old Warden as an airshow venue

Air Shows at Old Warden in 2017

Blackburn Monoplane

Blackburn Monoplane from the Shuttleworth Collection

The Shuttleworth Collection have shows throughout the season between May and October at the Old Warden aerodrome near Biggleswade. As well as their resident aircraft, most shows also include visiting aircraft, many of which are chosen to suit the theme.

Select a show from the top menu, or from the list in the table below, for more details about a specific airshow. Alternatively, see the calendar for a full list of all British airshows.

About Old Warden

This is a relatively small venue, where flying feels closer to the crowd than in some bigger airfields, even since the change in the regulations. The venue also has a mansion, Shuttleworth House, which is usually open to visitors for at least part of airshow days, park-like gardens (Swiss garden) and huge children's outdoor play area.

Old Warden is home to the Shuttleworth Collection of planes from both world wars and earlier, including original pioneering aircraft such as the Bleriot (identical to the one that made the first crossing of the English Channel). There are around 40 airworthy planes in eight hangars.

The collection is on static display most days throughout the year. There are significant flying events about monthly between May and October, ranging from daytime full airshows to evening proms and additional smaller events.

Shuttleworth Collection Airshows 2017
Season Premiere 7th May
Classic Evening Airshow 20th May
Fly Navy 4th June
Classic Evening Airshow 17th June
Military Pageant 2nd July
Evening Airshow: WW1 15th July
Shuttleworth Edwardian Pageant 6th August
Shuttleworth Flying Proms (20th) 19th August
Shuttleworth Heritage Day 3rd September
Shuttleworth Race Day, Season Finale, 1st October

Location

Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Shuttleworth's Old Warden Aerodrome is about two miles to the west of the A1 near Biggleswade. It is about 20 miles from junction 13 of the M1 and from the south it is about 30 miles from Junction 23 of the M25. It is signposted from the A1 at Biggleswade. The Post Code (for sat nav) is SG18 9EP but, as with all shows, ignore the sat nav in favour of local show signs as soon as you see them.

By coach

National Express do not go to Biggleswade. The nearest stops are in Bedford (4 miles), Letchworth (8 miles) and Royston (6 miles) with services to Luton and Heathrow airports as well as Cambridge and London. You can book seats online. Click the National Express name to go to their web site.

By Train

There is a train station at nearby Biggleswade, which is about 40 minutes from London Kings Cross and about 30 minutes from Peterborough. There is no bus service from the station to the aerodrome but there is a taxi rank close to the station.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose, but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.

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Accommodation near the show

It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.

There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.

Between them, LateRooms and Expedia list a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. Expedia also give, and take, Nectar points.

Click either blue agency name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into both links, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates.

Trivago will list competitive prices for a range of hotels, but they might not necessarily find them all, because some chains do not subscribe to their service. You may also get a better rate if you book direct with an hotel, especially if you are a member of a loyalty or rewards scheme.

The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn about 4 miles away and Holiday Inn Express hotels about 12 miles away near Bedford and Stevenage; there are two Premier Inn hotels in Bedford about 8 miles away, another two in St Neots and one in Hitchen, all about 10 miles away.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Old Warden weather forecast from the UK Met Office

The Met office seven-day forecast includes maximum, minimum and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind direction, gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's five-day forecast has overall conditions including temperatures, UV range and a description that may help to determine how pleasant the day will be for the visitor.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

 
2017 Shows
Dates

Click the '2017 Airshows' tab for the dates of airshows in 2017

Airshow links

Show's web site


Tickets

For ticket prices, please see the page for the specific show

Times

Please see the specific show page for gate and flying times.

Travel

For links to travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting there' tab

Photos

Photos taken at recent Old Warden airshows