Shuttleworth Festival of Flight Weekend

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

June (28), 29 & 30
Main Airshow on 29th & 30th.
Fly-in on 28th with a little flying in the evening

Hawker Tempest II

Hawker Tempest II is due to display

Shuttleworth celebrates 60 years of airshows with their first Festival of Flight.

The festival will be held over three days. The first will be dedicated to an international fly-in, with about 90 minutes of flying between 20.00 and 21.30.

Most flying displays will be on the weekend days, Saturday and Sunday. Over all festival days there will be entertainment, activities and displays to celebrate the achievements of aviation, from the very first flight right up to date, involving the resident Shuttleworth Collection and visiting aircraft.

On the ground there will also be Shuttleworth's collection of iconic racers, an outdoor cinema, fun fair, food and drink, traders and tours.

More information about the show will be here when announced.

Red Arrows BAe Hawk T1 (x9)Red Arrows (Saturday)
RAF Typhoon, 2024Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (RAF)
BBMF LancasterBBMF Lancaster 'PA474 Leader' (Saturday only)
Spitfire P7350Supermarine Spitfire (x2) (BBMF) (Sunday only)
Hawker Tempest II (Fighter Aviation Engineering Ltd)
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA: Catalina Society 'Plane Sailing'Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Plane Sailing) (Sat & Sun)
The TitansThe Titans (Xtremeair XA42 and upgraded American Decathlon)
Details of more displays will be here when announced.

In case there are mistakes or changes, please check the show's site for the latest list.
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.

2024 Show Basics


June 28 - 30. Main airshow 29th & 30th
Fly-in on 28th with a little flying between 20.00 and 21.30.

Airshow links

Show's web site

Tickets in 2024

Tickets are available now from the Shuttleworth web site

Car Parking

On-site car parking is free


Gates open 9:00
Ground activities from 10.00
Flying Friday 20.00 - 21.00
Flying Saturday 13.00 - 17.00
Flying Sunday 12.00 - 16.00
Event ends 21.00 Friday and Saturday; 17.00 Sunday.


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