The Shuttleworth Collection

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The Shuttleworth Collection - where everything flies or drives
The Collection is home to an exciting array of vintage aircraft from the early days of aviation up until the 1950s. We also hold an interesting selection of mostly Edwardian cars and buggies, classic motorcycles and early bicycles.

Airshows run throughout May – October, where you can enjoy seeing aircraft from the Collection take to the skies in addition to visiting aircraft and ground entertainment.

Adjacent to the Collection is an extensive picturesque Regency Swiss Garden, with delightful surprises and vistas revealed at every turn. Recently having benefited from a £3.5m restoration, it shouldn’t be missed!

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Summer 0930 - 1700
Winter 1000 - 1600
Last admission 1 hour before closing

Closed: Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

(Not Event Days)
Adult - £15.00 Senior Citizen - £12.00
Children (up to age 16) - FREE (max 4 children)
Discount for Pre-booked Groups (10 or more).

See website for more information

Collection details

Aviation, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Scale Model Exhibition

Scale Model Exhibition

  • 28 February 2016 10am-4pm

Come along to this year’s scale model exhibition at Shuttleworth and enjoy the range of exhibits from aircraft to vehicles and rail.

The Modelling competition has 6 categories:-

• Best 1/72nd and smaller
• Best 1/48th and smaller
• Best over 1/48th
• Best model of a Shuttleworth aircraft or vehicle
• Best model made by a person aged under 16
• John Morris Memorial Trophy awarded to best model in show as decided by the organising committee

The judges last year had a hard time choosing the best as there were so many great models on display!

Please email Helen Woods on helen.woods@shuttleworth.org to purchase or call 01767 627924 (M-F, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Shuttleworth Collection
Old Warden, near Biggleswade
Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP

Admission

Adult – £10,
SVAS member – £5,
Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/scalemodels2016/

Dawn Shoot (Photography) – The Collection

Dawn Shoot (Photography) – The Collection

  • 19 March 2016 5-8:30am

As the sun rises over a misty airfield, silhouettes of aircraft will emerge from the haze at The Collection’s first dawn photo shoot. This special event will provide some unique and atmospheric photographic opportunities with a selection of The Collection’s unique aircraft specially positioned with period vehicles, period dressed personnel and some atmospheric effects.

Places are limited, this is a pre-book only event. Bacon bap/sausage roll and tea/coffee and day admission to the Collection are included in the price.

Aircraft & Vehicle Line-Up:
Sopwith Pup & SE5a
Bristol F2.b with Hucks Starter
Avro 505k with Crossley and Triumph SD
Deperdussin
Gloster Gladiator
Parnall Elf

Price includes full day entrance to the Collection for participants.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adult (non-SVAS member) – £55
SVAS member – £53

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/dawnshoot/

National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Day – with Plant Fair

National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Day – with Plant Fair

  • 24 April 2016 9:30am-5pm

The Swiss Garden will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Day with a colourful plant fair.

Swiss Garden gates open 9.30 – 17.00, with the last admission at 16.00.

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 19 April 2016. Please email Helen Woods or call 01767 627924 (Mon-Frid, 9.00-17.00).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult – £8 each, Concession – £7 each, Child under 16 years old – free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/ngs-openday/

Shuttleworth Season Premiere

Shuttleworth Season Premiere

  • 8 May 2016 9am-5:45pm

The event season at Shuttleworth gets underway for 2016 with the ‘heavies’. Join us for live music, vehicle parades and a wonderful flying display of visiting and Collection aircraft.

Visiting aircraft includes: Bristol Blenheim, Global Stars aerobatic team, Calidus (Peter Davis), B17 “Sally B”, P51D Mustang (Pete Teichman).

Collection aircraft includes: Westland Lysander, Avro Anson (BAE), Polikarpov PO2, Gloster Gladiator, Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b, Hawker Hurricane R4118 (HH).

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Vehicle parade from Hillman Minx, Fordson Wot.

Additional entertainment includes live music and ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free)

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 3 May 2016. Please email Helen Woods on helen.woods@shuttleworth.org to purchase or call 01767 627924 (M-F, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £28, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)
Online booking prices: Adult – £22.50, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/seasonpremiere/

Mayfly: Aeromodellers Weekend

Mayfly: Aeromodellers Weekend

  • 15 May 2016 9am-6pm

Traditionally name ‘Mayfly’, the theme for 2016 is ‘NOSTALGIA WEEKEND’. In addition to the annual Mayfly events, there will be various Vintage type competitions organised by SAM 35 as well as general sports flying in all 3 disciplines:

RC/CL/FF. All vintage type models are welcome but there are size/ power and control restrictions for RTM models flown in the FF area.

Radio Assisted Vintage models must be flown in the designated RC area (10kg weight limit) – if unsure, please clarify with the organisers, BEFORE bringing your model(s).

The Jack Bearsley plate will be awarded on the Sunday for the ‘Best RC Vintage model’ flown on the RC line that day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

For full details, camping and entry fees, visit ModelAir (www.modelair.info) or contact Ken Sheppard on 07810817089.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/mayfly/

Fly Navy Day

Fly Navy Day

  • 5 June 2016 9am-5:45pm

Fly Navy Day at Shuttleworth celebrating some exciting naval acts.

Visiting aircraft includes: Skyraider (Kennet Aviation), Seafire 17 (Kennet Aviation), Wasp (Terry Martin).

Collection aircraft includes: Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b.

Vehicle parade from Hillman Minx and Railton.

Additional entertainment includes live music and ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free).

Discount available for groups of 10+ people. Please email Helen Woods on helen.woods@shuttleworth.org to purchase or call 01767 627924 (M-F, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £28, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)
Online booking prices: Adult – £22.50, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/flynavy/

Military Pageant

Military Pageant

  • 3 July 2016 From 9am

This year’s Military Pageant at Shuttleworth is going to feature more than a few Hawkers!

Visiting aircraft includes: Hawker Hurricanes x 4 plus R4118 and Collection Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b
Buchon, Yak 3 (Mark Davy).

Collection aircraft includes Hawker Hind, Hawker Demon, Gloster Gladiator.

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Vehicle parade from Fordson Wot.

Additional entertainment includes live music and ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free).

Discount available for groups of 10+ people. Please email Helen Woods on helen.woods@shuttleworth.org to purchase or call 01767 627924 (M-F, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £28, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)
Online booking prices: Adult – £22.50, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/militarypageant/

Scale Model Flying: Aeromodellers Weekend

Scale Model Flying: Aeromodellers Weekend

  • 23 — 24 July 2016 9am-6pm

Traditionally Scale Weekend, the theme is for flying scale models as well as general sports flying in all 3 disciplines – RC/CL/FF.

All vintage type models are welcome. There are size/ power and control restrictions for RTM models flown in the FF area. Radio Assisted Vintage models must be flown in the designated RC area (10kg weight limit) – if unsure, please clarify with the organisers, BEFORE bringing your model(s).

Informal awards will be presented on the Sunday for the ‘best of’ categories of scale models flown on the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

For full details, camping and entry fees, visit ModelAir (www.modelair.info) or contact Ken Sheppard on 07810817089.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/scalemodelflying/

Edwardian Pageant

Edwardian Pageant

  • 7 August 2016 9am-5:45pm

Edwardian Pageant at Shuttleworth. Focused on WWI.

Visiting aircraft includes: Fokker Triplane (Breighton), BE2E (WAHT), Albatros (WAHT), Sopwith Snipe (WAHT), Mew Gull (David Beale), Calidus (Peter Davies), Muscle biplane (Rich Goodwin).

Collection aircraft includes: WWI.

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Vehicle parade from Fordson Wot.

Additional entertainment includes live music and ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free).

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 2 August 2016. Please email Helen Woods on helen.woods@shuttleworth.org to purchase or call 01767 627924 (M-F, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £28, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)
Online booking prices: Adult – £22.50, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/edwardianpageant/

Wings & Wheels

Wings & Wheels

  • 4 September 2016 9am-5:45pm

Visiting aircraft includes: Little and Large, The Blades (aerobatic display team), Hang Glider aerobatic display, Mew Gull replica (David Beale), DH60G (Mel Saggers), Turbulent, Stearman, Percival Parade, CAP 232 (Emily Todd), Jackaroo (Trish Neville), Pitts (Lauren Richardson).

Collection aircraft includes: DH88 Comet, Mew Gull, Westland Lysander

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Additional entertainment includes live music and ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free)

Event commentator: Mark Whall.

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 2 August 2016. Please email Helen Woods on helen.woods@shuttleworth.org to purchase or call 01767 627924 (M-F, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £28, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)
Online booking prices: Adult – £22.50, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/wingsandwheels/

Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fair 2016

Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fair 2016

  • 16 — 18 September 2016

Includes Steam Engines, Tractors & Heavy Horses, Working Crafts, Steam Ploughing, Trade & Market Stalls, Sheepdog working & Falconry, Vintage Vehicles, Old Time Fairground, Craft & Food Halls, Miniature Steam, Licensed Bar & Refreshments.

Discounted admission is available to the Collection and Swiss Garden with a valid event ticket.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Visit The Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society website (www.bseps.org.uk) for admission prices and camping.

Aeromodellers Festival of Flight

Aeromodellers Festival of Flight

  • 24 September 2016 9am-6pm

Festival of Flight annual Aeromodelling Event with competitions and trade stands.

All types of models are welcome, with general sports flying in all 3 disciplines – RC/CL/F.

There are size/ power and control restrictions for RTM models flown in the FF area. Radio Assisted models must be flown in the designated RC area (10kg weight limit). If unsure, please clarify with the organisers, BEFORE bringing your model(s). A number of SAM 35 organised competitions will take place over the weekend.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

For full details, camping and entry fees, visit ModelAir (www.modelair.info) or contact Ken Sheppard on 07810817089.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/festivalofflight/

The Shuttleworth Collection
Old Warden Park
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
England

Website

www.shuttleworth.org/

E-mail

enquiries@shuttleworth.org

Telephone

admin

01767 627927

shop

01767 627927

Fax

01767 627949

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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