Little Gransden Air and Car Show

Little Gransden Air and Car Show

26th August 2018
Mystery Ship

TravelAir Mystery Ship is one of the more unusual displays

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 promises to be an interesting series of displays, blending traditional favourites, such as the Global Stars, with the more unusual: this year including the Mystery Ship and an L29, Soviet block fast jet trainer.


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 are about 80 traders and exhibitors showing and selling not only aviation and motoring goods but also artwork, antiques, collectables, crafts and clothing.

Aircraft due to fly
Due to fly (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Lancaster (BBMF)
TravelAir Mystery Ship
Yak 3UM G-OLEG (Will Greenwood)
Hawker Hurricane Mk X G-CHTK ‘P2921’
P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
Mark Jefferies Extra 300SC
Global Stars
HarvardHarvard ‘Wacky Wabbit’
Red Sparrows
Sea Fury T-20Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (Navy Wings)
Republic P-47 ThunderboltRepublic P-47 Thunderbolt
L29, Soviet Fast Jet Trainer
Various Paramotors
Messerschmitt Bf108 Taifun
Hispano Buchon 'White 9'
Beech 18
Jet Provost T.5 XW325
Spartan 7W Executive
Little and Large: Extra 300S and 40% model flying together
Blackburn B2 CANCELLED
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints


Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

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.

By Train

The nearest station is St Neots, which is accessible by train from Peterborough (about 20 minutes) and London. St Neots is about 12Km from Little Gransden.

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.

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.

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 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

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Little Gransden 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.

2018 Show Basics

26th August 2018

Airshow links
Little Gransden website


Earlybird tickets are :
Adults (16 or older) £20.
Child (under 16) one free per adult. Additional children £8.
OAP (60 or over) £16.50.
Tickets will also be available on the gate unless sold out, but they will be dearer.


Flying from 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m.


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