Shuttleworth Drive-in Airshow
July evening airshow SOLD OUT
The Shuttleworth Collection kicks off the airshow season with an innovative Drive-in airshow, complete with Covid-19 precautions.
The Evening Airshows replaced the 'At Home' series of airshows in 2017, were retained in 2018 and have continued since.
However, in 2020 the May and June evening airshows were cancelled because of the pandemic and the July show will be replaced by a Drive-in airshow.
Visitors will be directed to allocated car spaces. These will be 5M square, big enough to enable visitors to be outside, but next to, their cars with room for a picnic. These spaces will be within zones, each of which will have its own block of toilets, sanitising station, refreshment outlet selling hot drinks and snacks and Shuttleworth steward.
Commentary and pre-show music will be broadcast over radio on 87.8 FM.
Unusually for shows at Old Warden, there will be no vehicle parade and no access to the house, gardens or grounds.
The shows web site has more details.
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 Sunday airshow days (but not Saturday airshows), 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.
|Aircraft due to fly|
|Polikarpov PO2 (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Fauvel Glider, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Eon Primary, Shuttleworth Collection |
|English Electric Wren|
|DHC Chipmunk T.22 (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Hunting (Percival) Piston Provost T.1 |
|Avro Tutor (Old Warden resident)|
| Extra 330|
|DH51 ‘Miss Kenya’|
|Desoutter Mk1 G-AAPZ (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|DH82a Tiger Moth|
|Sopwith Pup (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Sopwith Camel reproduction (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Sopwith Triplane replica|
| ||Bristol M1C, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vc G-AWII 'AR501' (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk X1 G-PRXI 'PL983' (ARCo) the 'NHS Spitfire'|
|Hawker Sea Hurricane, Shuttleworth Collection|
|DH88 Comet, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Mew Gull, Shuttleworth Collection|
|Mew Gull (Replica)|
|Blériot XI (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Bristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Avro Triplane replica G-ARSG (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’|
|All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints.|
* The Edwardian aircraft will only fly if the conditions are ideal.
Military Pageant Airshow 2016
The Military Pageant was dedicated to recognising the contribution of our Armed Forces – past and present. It was originally intended to be a Hawker fiesta, with six Hawker Hurricanes. However, all things change and the theme became a more general celebration of military aircraft, with an emphasis on the historic collection looked after by, and displayed at, Old Warden.
As well as an impressive gathering of military aircraft there were visiting military vehicles, including WWI steam engine ‘Gigantic’ in WW1 Ministry of War livery and a replica 8” Howitzer Gun.
|Flying schedule (tap / hover over icon for more detail)|
||Hawker Hurricane MkX11a (HAC/Guy Black)|
|Hawker Hurricane R4118|
||Hawker Sea Hurricane|
||Hawker Tomtit (Shuttleworth)|
||Hawker Demon (privately owned but based at Old Warden)|
|P-51D 'Tall in the Saddle' (Hangar 11/Peter Teichman)|
||Spitfire Mk1 (IWM)|
||Spitfire Mk1Xb 'MH434' (OFMC)|
||Spitfire MkVb (HAC/Guy Black)|
||Gloster Gladiator (Shuttleworth)|
||Yak 3 (Mark Davy)|
||Buchón (John Romain)|
|B-17G 'Sally B'|
|De Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth|
|Miles Magister (PH)|
|Previously announced but withdrawn before the show|
||Avro Lancaster (BBMF) (Flypast) not serviceable|
||Spitfire MkX1 'PL965' (Hangar 11/Peter Teichman)|
Getting to the Show
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 9EP but, as with all shows, ignore the sat nav in favour of local show signs as soon as you see them.
National Express do not go to Old Warden or to Biggleswade. The nearest stops are in Bedford (4 miles), Letchworth (8 miles) and Royston (6 miles) with services to Luton and Heathrow airports as well as Cambridge and London.
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.
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.
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, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates and change the number of rooms or guests if necessary.
The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn about 4 miles away and Holiday Inn Express hotels about 12 miles away near Bedford and Stevenage; there are two Premier Inn hotels in Bedford about 8 miles away, another two in St Neots and one in Hitchen, all about 10 miles away.
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.