Shuttleworth Around the World Air Show

Shuttleworth Around the World Airshow

4th June 2023


Shuttleworth-based Anson with Blenheim at 2019 Premiere

A brand new theme is added to the Shuttleworth Airshow calendar for 2023. 'Around the World' will be an energetic celebration of world-wide aviation, both in the air and on the ground: a variety of countries and cultures celebrated throughout the day.

The day will include world-class aviation exhibits and an air display featuring aircraft that have played a role in missions in Europe and beyond. There will also be vehicle parades and ground activities suitable for the whole family, all with an international feel.

Shuttleworth based
Avro Triplane
Avro Tutor
Blériot XI
Bristol Boxkite
Comper Swift
de Havilland Chipmunk
de Havilland Comet
de Havilland DH51
de Havilland Dragon Rapide – Philip Meeson
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Gloster Gladiator
Hawker Sea Hurricane
Miles Hawk Speed Six
Miles Magister
Percival Mew Gull
Percival Provost
Polikarpov Po-2
Sopwith Triplane
Supermarine Spitfire Vc
Westland Lysander
Avro Lancaster (Display) – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Bucker Jungmann – Anna Walker
de Havilland Dragonfly – Shipping & Airlines Ltd
Fokker Dr.1 Triplane – Will Greenwood
Hispano Buchon – Aircraft Restoration Company
Mudry CAP 10 – Christophe Simon
Spartan Executive – Nigel Pickard Supermarine Spitfire IX ‘Silver Spitfire G-IRTY’ –
Van’s RV-7 – Steven Noujaim
Check details of the displays are on the show's web site

Appearances are always subject to technical, weather and other constraints.

About Old Warden

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.

Getting to Shuttleworth Airshows

By car

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 9DT but, as with all shows, ignore the sat nav in favour of local show signs as soon as you see them.

Driving directions

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

By Train

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.

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Accommodation near Shuttleworth Airshows

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 link but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

Some More Options

There are three Premier Inn hotels in Bedford, another two in St Neots and more in in Hitchen and Letchworth, all roughly 10 miles away.

Travelodge have three hotels around Bedford, between six and eight miles from Old Warden and two more within ten miles.

Weather for the Old Warden area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Old Warden 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.

2023 Show Basics


June 4th

Airshow links

Show's web site

Tickets in 2023

Tickets are available from the Shuttleworth web site.


Gates open 9:30
Flying 14:00 - 17.00 (ish)


Driving directions

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


Photos taken at earlier airshows at Old Warden