Duxford Airshows

Air Shows at IWM Duxford

Air Shows at IWM Duxford

Sally B

A favourite Duxford resident, Sally B, displays at most Duxford airshows

In recent years, The Imperial War Museum (IWM), Duxford, has had major airshows at least three times each year.

In recent 'normal' times, the May show has been themed: since 2017 the theme has been simply 'Air Festival'. The Fighter Collection's 'Flying Legends' has been held in the middle of July and the main Duxford Air Show has been held in September. This is also themed: since 2017 it has been the 'Battle of Britain Air Show'.

These 'normals' were disrupted in 2020 by Covid-19, when May's Duxford Air Festival and July's Flying Legends were cancelled. Then, in August, The Fighter Collection and the Imperial War Museum announced that Flying Legends would not return. Flying Legends is now being held at Sywell. It was expected that The Battle of Britain Airshow would go ahead until very close to the show date, when it, too, was cancelled.

Smaller airshows, called 'Showcase Days', were also in the schedule. These have much less flying than major airshows and a lower ticket price - free to IWM Members.

For 2021 the Festival has been renamed the 'Summer Airshow' and has moved from its normal May date to the July slot traditionally occupied by Flying Legends. The Battle of Britain Airshow retains its September date.

Showcase Days are retained but are now called 'Flying Days'

Select a specific airshow from the top menu, or click a link in the table below, for more details.

Duxford Airshows 2021
Flying Day cancelledApril 24
Flying Day cancelledMay 8
Flying DayMay 22
Flying DayJune 6
Flying DayJune 20
Flying DayJuly 3
Duxford Summer AirshowJuly 24-25
Flying DayAugust 4
Flying DayAugust 11
Flying DayAugust 19
Flying EveningAugust 28
Flying DaySeptember 4
Duxford Battle of Britain Air ShowSeptember 18-19
Flying DayOctober 9
Alternatively, see the British Airshows calendar for a list of all known British airshows.

About IWM Duxford

Duxford was an airfield in the First World War and was an RAF fighter station and then an American fighter base in the second. It was the base of the first operational Spitfire squadron during WW2.

It is now home to the Imperial War Museum with aviation, tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits as well as the Fighter Collection, The Old Flying Machine Company, The Aircraft Restoration Company, Historic Aircraft Collection, B-17 Preservation Society and others.

Getting to Duxford Airshows

By car

Duxford is in Cambridgeshire, off Junction 10 of the M11. If you are coming from the north, an alternative is to leave at Junction 11 and take the A10 to Royston, then the A505, but this is a much longer route. The Post Code (for Sat Nav) is CB22 4QR but some systems will only recognise the older code CB2 4QR. There is traditionally a park and ride at Junction 11 of the M11 on main show days, but not on Flying Days and not in 2021 because of Covid-19.

 Directions

There are links to other route planners in the Travel Advice section.

By Train

The easiest (but not the closest) train station is Cambridge, which has a direct service from London. A courtesy bus traditinally runs between the show and Cambridge station on main show days but not on Flying Days or in 2021, because of Covid.

Alternatives are Royston and Whittlesford Parkway, which is the closest to the show.

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Accommodation near Duxford

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.

Some Options

There are three Premier Inn hotels in Cambridge and another four within about 20 miles of the show.

Travelodge have one hotel about 4 miles from the show, which tends to be available a little bit longer after other low-cost hotels have been fully booked. There are three more Travelodge hotels in and around Cambridge.

Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. The links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

Weather for the Duxford area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Duxford weather forecast from the UK Met Office

BBC Forecast

A 14-day forecast from the BBC

What the forecasts tell you

The Met Office 7-day forecast includes actual and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's 14-day forecast has overall conditions including and hourly estimate of temperature, wind direction, wind speed and UV range.

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

2021 Show Basics

Dates

For dates of shows in 2021, see the '2021 Shows' tab

Airshow links

Duxford's web site

Tickets in 2021

Details, when available, will be on the page for the specific show

Car Parking

Parking usually has to be paid for and booked in advance. See the page for the specific show for details.

Travel

Sat Nav CB22 4QR

 Directions

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

Photos

Photos taken at Duxford airshows

 

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