Little Gransden Air and Car Show
25th August 2019
Travel Air Mystery Ship: one of the more unusual displays in 2018
Run by volunteers for the benefit of children's and local charities, the Little Gransden Air and Car show has grown from a small local show to one of the major UK airshows, whilst retaining its friendly, local feel.
In 2018 there was an interesting series of displays, blending traditional favourites, such as the Global Stars, with the more unusual, including the Mystery Ship and an L29, Soviet block fast jet trainer.
The line-up for 2019 is equally varied. Details are in the table.
About the Show
The show has been going since 1992, when it started as a car show with a single flying display. Now there are usually 300 vehicles and over three hours of flying alongside other ground attractions.
The show is organised by volunteers for the benefit of Children in Need and local charities.
Amongst the organising team are David Poile MBE, Heather Lowe, renowned pilot Mark Jefferies, John Jefferies and photographer Darren Harbar, under the guidance of event organiser John Swain.
On the ground expect about 80 traders and exhibitors showing and selling not only aviation and motoring goods but also artwork, antiques, collectables, crafts and clothing.
|Due to fly|
|Boeing B-17G 'Sally B'|
|Hawker Sea Fury T.20 G-INVN (Norwegian Historic Flight)|
|P51 Mustang 'Miss Helen'|
|DH88 Comet, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Extra 330SC (Mark Jefferies)|
|Yakolev YAK3-U (Will Greenwood)|
|T6 Harvard 'Wacky Wabbit'|
|Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun|
|The Red Sparrows, DHC-1 Chipmunks|
| ||Global Stars Extra 330SC (Mark Jefferies, leader); Extra 300L or CAP 232 (Tom Cassells); Extra 300S (Chris Burkett); Extra 260 (Steve Carver); Extra 300L (Chris Heames) & CAP 232 (Michael Pickin). Can fly solo or formations of various combinations.|
|Piper L-4 'Grasshopper'|
|G-Force Aeros (Little and Large)|
|Spartan 7W Executive|
|Pitts Special S2A (Dr Kirk Patrick)|
|North American Aviation T-6 G-TSIX|
|All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints|
Getting to the Show
Use sat Nav SG19 3BP until you get close, but ignore the sat nav in favour of local directions signs as soon as you see them. There are links to route planners in the Travel Advice column if you prefer to plan ahead or don't have sat nav.
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.
Expedia lists 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. They also give, and take, Nectar points.
Click the blue Expedia name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into the link but when the list comes up you do have to enter your dates and adjust the number of rooms and guests, if necessary.
The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn in Huntingdon, about 11 miles away. There are also Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Cambridge and Bedford between 11 and 14 miles away. There are two Premier Inn hotels in St Neots, about 9 miles away, and more in Cambridge, which is a little further.
Weather for the show area
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.