The Edwardian Pageant airshow has a focus on WW1. The Collection's own WW1 craft will be joined by visiting vintage aircraft.
There will be vintage motors on display and in a parade before the flying.
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.
|Little and Large|
|Avro 504K, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Avro Triplane, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Blackburn Monoplane, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Bristol Boxkite, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Bristol F2b, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Bristol M1C, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Chipmunk, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Deperdussin, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Dragon Rapide, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Fauvel Glider, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Gloster Gladiator, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Harvard, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Miles Magister, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Polikarpov PO2, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Sopwith Camel, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Sopwith Pup, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Sopwith Triplane, Shuttleworth Collection|
|SE5a, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Westland Lysander, Shuttleworth Collection|
All appearances are subject to availability and to technical, weather and other constraints
The museum and hangars will be open and free to access. The house will be open for viewing and there will be free Swiss Garden tours.
Add to this the re-enactors, a chance to chat with the pilots and to listen to live music for a full day on the ground as well as in the air.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you need plenty of options, we find that, 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.
August 6th 2017
in advance until the Monday before the show £24
in advance from the Monday before the show £27
on the gate £30 (if still available)
up to 4 under 16s free per adult
SVAS Members (proof required)
£17 in advance and on the gate
Flying from 14.00
Event closes 18.00
Sat Nav SG18 9EP
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