Shuttleworth Evening Airshows

Shuttleworth Evening Airshows

Bristol Boxkite

Bristol Boxkite

The Evening Airshows replaced the 'At Home' series of airshows in 2017, were retained in 2018 and have continued since.

Expect intimate shows with some flying of locally-based and visiting aircraft. There is usually also a chance to speak to the pilots and to see much of the collection on the ground.

The Evening of Espionage airshow has been renamed 'Special Operations' but covers similar topics. It pays homage to everyone who served in the intelligence and observation branches, including the Special Operations Executives in the Second World War, and offers a chance to see the vehicles as well as the aircraft used in those exploits.

2022's Military Airshow moves from the evening to a full daytime show and is replaced as June's evening show by one focussing on the 'Best of British'. The non-specific 'Evening Airshow' of last year becomes a the Summer Evening Picnic Airshow but the Flying Proms lives on.

For more about the respective evening shows, click the blue show name in the table.

Best of British Evening Airshow Display Aircraft.
Shuttleworth Based
Avro 504K
Avro Triplane
Avro Tutor
Blackburn B2
Bleriot XI
Bristol Boxkite
Bristol F.2B Fighter
Comper Swift
de Havilland DH.60X Moth
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
de Havilland DH.88 Comet
de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
Desoutter I
English Electric Wren
EoN Primary
Gloster Gladiator
Miles Hawk Speed Six
Miles Magister – David Bramwell
Parnall Elf
Percival Mew Gull
Piper Super Cub
Sopwith Pup
Sopwith Triplane
Southern Martlet
Supermarine Spitfire Vc
Westland Lysander
de Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth – Tim Williams
de Havilland DH.87 Hornet Moth – Shipping & Airlines
Slingsby Petrel
Supermarine Spitfire Ia – Imperial War Museum
Supermarine Spitfire IXb – Old Flying Machine Company
Supermarine Spitfire XIX – Rolls Royce
Taylor Monoplane – The Mono Display Team
Taylor Monoplane – The Mono Display Team
Please check the show's list for any late changes.The Edwardians will only fly if the conditions are perfect.

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.

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

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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


See the table on the '2023 Overview' tab

Airshow links

Shuttleworth's airshow list


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