Duxford Airshows

Air Shows at IWM Duxford

Air Shows at IWM Duxford

Sally B

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

Duxford can be relied upon to provide great variety in their offerings and to fine-tune their airshows to meet visitor preferences. Apart from the sad loss of Flying Legends, the changes have resulted in a consistent enhancement to the programme of shows. In 2022 this has resulted in two major airshows and two 'Special Flying Events' alongside the best of the Flying Days.

Background

In recent years, The Imperial War Museum (IWM), Duxford, has had major airshows at least three times each year: a May show that was themed; The Fighter Collection's 'Flying Legends' in the middle of July and the main Duxford Air Show 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 had less flying than major airshows and a lower ticket price - free to IWM Members.

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

Showcase Days were retained but were called 'Flying Days'. Some of these were first class - others were disappointing. Evening flying was also added for the first time in a show called 'After Hours'.

Shows in 2022

For 2022 the Summer Airshow has been retained but moved to June and the Battle of Britain Airshow is also kept, as is its September slot. Two of the bigger Flying Days: 'After Hours' and 'Best of' have become 'Special Flying Events', and are now billed as 'Flying Evening' and 'Flying Finale'. The less popular Flying Days are no longer on the schedule but the thinned list still has four of the more popular Flying days along with two model airshow days.

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

Duxford Airshows 2022
General AviationNo longer listed as a flying day
Flying Day: VE DayMay 7
Flying Day: Model AircraftMay 8
Flying Day: Commemorating D-DayJune 5
Summer Air ShowJune 18-19
Flying Day: The AmericansJuly 23
Flying Day: Young AviatorsAugust 1
Flying EveningAugust 27
Duxford Battle of Britain Air ShowSeptember 10-11
Flying FinaleOctober 8
Flying Day: Model Aircraft: CentenaryOctober 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.

 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.

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

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

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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.

The location is already built in to the links but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

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Some More 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.

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.

2022 Show Basics

Dates

Click the 2022 tab for the dates of shows

Airshow links

Duxford's web site

Tickets in 2022

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 for the major shows but not always for the Flying Days. 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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