Shuttleworth Race Day

2018 Season Finale at Old Warden

Shuttleworth Race Day: Season Finale

7th October 2018
DH88 Comet

Shuttleworth's DH88 Comet

Shuttleworth bids farewell to the airshow season with 'Race Day', which will include mock air races.

Expect also a selection of Edwardian and vintage racing cars.

Add to this live music and the chance to visit the museum, hangars and gardens.

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.

Due to fly
Visiting Aircraft
North American P-51D Mustang ‘Tall In The Saddle’. This will be Peter Teichman’s last ever public display
Spartan Executive
LeVier Cosmic Wind
Taylor Titch
Midget Mustang
Druine D.31 Turbulent
Miles Messenger
Bulldog (That won the Kings Cup)
Miles Falcon
Miles Hawk Speed Six
Pitts: x6
Extra: x2
Slingsby T.13 Petrel
Grob Viking T1
Rhönsperber Glider
Aviat Husky
Mew Gull: G-HEKL
Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship
Comper Swift: G-LCGL
Comper Swift: G-ECTF
Chilton: G-JUJU
Shuttleworth Collection Aircraft
Blackburn B2
DH60X Moth
Southern Martlet
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B
DH60 Cirrus Moth
DH82a Tiger Moth
Miles Magister
ChipmunkDHC Chipmunk T.22
Percival Piston Provost T.1
DH88 Comet
Percival Mew Gull
Chilton: G-AESZ
Chilton: G-CDXU
Comper Swift
Sopwith Camel
Avro 504K
Spitfire MkVc G-AWIISupermarine Spitfire Mk Vc
Avro Triplane IV
Bristol Boxkite
Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’
Additionally the following are due to be on static display, but are not flying during the show
Chilton: G-DWCB
All appearances, especially of the Edwardians, are subject to technical, weather and other constraints


Local area

Getting to the Show

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

By coach

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.

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.

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, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates and change the number of rooms or 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 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

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Old Warden 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

October 7th 2018

Airshow links

Show's web site


Sat Nav SG18 9EP
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Photos taken at a previous Shuttleworth season finale.