Shuttleworth Vintage Airshow 2020

Replaced Heritage Day at Old Warden

Shuttleworth Drive-in Vintage Airshow

6th September 2020
Bristol Boxkite

Bristol Boxkite

The September airshow at Old Warden used to be a Wings and Wheels show but for 2017 and 2018 it became 'Heritage Day'. For 2019, the theme remained all things heritage, but the name changed to 'Vintage Airshow' and that title has been retained for 2020.

The Vintage Airshow will celebrate everything that is 'Shuttleworth', featuring an array of stylish aircraft.

The pilot chat will be on the 1909 Bleriot, the oldest aircraft in the world still flying and one that Richard Shuttleworth flew and restored himself.

Commentary and pre-show music will be on FM radio. On-site takeaway catering will be available, as will plenty of clean toilets and sanitiser

On the ground there will also be free vintage bus rides, pre-booked tours of the Swiss Gardens and a limited number of pre-booked, socially-distanced, facemasked house tours. The playground will be open for limited-time sessions. Details of all these additional attractions are on the show's web site.

Plans might change

These proposals are subject to any alteration made necessary to satisfy Covid-19 regulations current at the time.

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.

Flying Boat: Catalina
Special Operations: Westland Lysander, Polikarpov PO2
Classic Racers: Mew Gull, DH88 Comet
Trailblazer: Civilian Coupe, Southern Martlet
Between the Wars: Avro Tutor, DH60X
BBMF: Spitfire Flypast
Barnstorming: Piper Cub, DH Chipmunk, Southern Martlett
The Magic of Miles: Miles Magister x 2, Miles Gemini, Southern Martlet, Hawk Speed Six
Glider: Fauvel
Formation Aerobatics: Stampe Team
Silver Wings: Gloster Gladiator
Sopwiths: Pup and Triplane
Early Shuttleworth: DH60X, Desoutter, Spartan Arrow
Glider: Lunak
Classic pair: DH Chipmunk, Auster
WWI: Nieuport, Avro 504K, Bristol M1C
WWII: Sea Hurricane, Hawker Hurricane G-HITT, Spitfire AR501
* Edwardians: Bristol Boxkite, Avro Triplane, Blériot, Blackburn Monoplane plus English Electric Wren
All appearances, especially the *Edwardians are subject to technical, weather and other constraints


Local area

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 9EP 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 column if you prefer to plan ahead or don't have sat nav.

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 list 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.

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.

The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn Express in Bedford about 6 miles away and another in Stevenage, about 14 miles from the show.

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

Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. Most of the links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

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 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.

2020 Show Basics

6th September 2020

Airshow links

Show's web site



+44 (0)1767 627 927


Gates open 10.00
Flying from 14.00 until 18.14
(18.39 if Edwardians fly)


Sat Nav SG18 9EP
Driving directions
For links to travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting there' tab


Photos taken at Shuttleworth airshows