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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!

We also have The House, which was was built in 1875, designed by the prominent Victorian architect Henry Clutton. It’s situatated in 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Today it is a popular venue for weddings, conferences and as a filming location for period dramas.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home

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.
Fairy Trails

Magical Fairy Trails in the Swiss Garden

  • 1 — 31 August 2017 *on now

Come to the Swiss Garden this August and look for all the fairy and sprite clues hidden in this fantasy setting. On Tuesday 1 and Tuesday 15 August there will be craft activities* in the Garden Room, where you will be able to make your own fairy door!

*Why not use these Arts Award Discover activities for your Museum Explorer Passport?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 for Adults, £7 for Concessions and children are free.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/magical-fairy-trails/

Proms

Flying Proms

  • 19 August 2017 12-10pm *on now

It’s the 20th year of this popular event, which is one of the highlights of the season at The Shuttleworth Collection. You’ll be watching vintage aircraft perform aerial displays to much loved classical themes performed by a live orchestra. With all of the atmosphere and fun of a truly British Proms and the excitement of watching Shuttleworth Collection aircraft display.

Swiss Garden will be open so take a stroll around this picturesque gem that is a relaxing retreat in which new vistas are revealed at every turn. With 13 listed structures, an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks, the Swiss Garden is a delight to explore. The House will be open for viewing and with tea & cake on offer to purchase. Our vintage buses will be running between the aerodrome & The House (whilst open) and are free to ride.

Event Timings:
12.00 – Gates open
19.00 – Concert and flying display begin
21.00 – Concert second half
22.00 – End of Flying Proms event

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£33 – Adult (until Monday 14 August then £38)
£17 - Child (5-15 years, under 5’s go free)

Website

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

Chapterhouse

Wind in the Willows (open air theatre)

  • 25 August 2017 From 5:30pm

What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them?

Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike.

Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of the Swiss Garden. Bring a chair, wrap up warm and enjoy this perfect evening of magical theatre.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £15.00
Child: £10
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £44.00

Website

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

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (August)

  • 27 August 2017 1:30-3:30pm

Formerly the home of the Shuttleworth family The House will be open for viewing, with room stewards on hand to tell you more about the history of the family and Richard Shuttleworth, and Old Warden Park.

Choose between sittings at 13.00 or 14.30. When booking please state if your party has any dietary requirements. If you would like to upgrade the booking to include prosecco, please email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£19.95 per Adult and £9.95 per Child.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/afternoon-tea-august/

SH

Shuttleworth Heritage Day

  • 3 September 2017 9am-6pm

Enjoy a flying display of The Collection’s vintage and rare aircraft, vehicle parade, and celebrate 175 years since the founding of the Clayton & Shuttleworth Company with visiting exhibits and those from The Collection.

Event Timings:
- Gates Open: 9.00
- Pilot Chat: 11.00
- Vehicle Parade: 12.00
- Flying begins: 14.00
- Event ends: 18.00 (approx.)


For more information, please email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933 (Monday-Friday).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £30, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult).
Online booking prices: Adult – £24, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult).

Website

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

Shuttleworth

Workshop: Autumn & Winter Planting

  • 9 September 2017 10am-1pm

This workshop is about bringing colour and interest to your garden during the autumn and winter seasons. Led by RHS and Chelsea Flower Show award winning garden designer Philippa Pearson who will offer expert tips on the use of a range of plants to create stunning late season displays in your garden. Using the Swiss Garden as a base for looking at garden design and planting layouts, this workshop will enhance your plant knowledge and design skills.

Ticket price includes entry to Swiss Garden and tea/coffee. Advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Ticket price: £25

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-winterplanting/

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (September)

  • 24 September 2017 1-3:30pm

Formerly the home of the Shuttleworth family The House will be open for viewing, with room stewards on hand to tell you more about the history of the family and Richard Shuttleworth, and Old Warden Park.

Choose between sittings at 13.00 or 14.30. When booking please state if your party has any dietary requirements. If you would like to upgrade the booking to include prosecco, please email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£19.95 per Adult and £9.95 per Child.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/afternoon-tea-september/

Richard Shuttleworth

Talk: The Life of Richard Shuttleworth

  • 24 September 2017 10:30am-12pm

He purchased his first vintage car, the 1898 Panhard Levassor, which he ran in the Brighton Run, around the same time as he bought his first aircraft the DH60X Moth (G-EBWD), in which he learned to fly. Both of which are still part of The Collection today and live on in his memory. Our Honorary Patron, Steve Harper, will bring Richard to life in this engaging talk about his life and importance at the heart of Shuttleworth today.

Ticket price includes entry to The House and tea/coffee on arrival. Attendees may also book for Afternoon Tea.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Talk – £9.95 or Talk with Afternoon Tea – £26.95

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/talk-richardshuttleworth/

Race Day

Race Day

  • 1 October 2017 9am-6pm

As the end of season finale, activities on the day will include vintage aircraft flying displays and mock air races, ground show entertainment and static exhibits, visiting car and motorcycle clubs, and the Shuttleworth Sprint. A ‘classic’ sprint course along a grass runway, some of the world’s finest veteran and vintage race cars will be taking part before the fun of mock air races and vintage aircraft displays.

Come in 1920’s fashions and get into the spirit of the between the wars era for fabulous end of season finale!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult – £30
Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)
SVAS – £17

Website

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

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk and Lunch with the Head Gardener

  • 6 October 2017 10:30am-2pm

This walk will cover seasonal plants, the garden’s architectural delights, the history of the garden and its recent restoration project, and future development plans, along with an opportunity to chat to the Head Gardener over lunch.

Highlights include Autumn leaf colour including Acer, Robinia and Tulip trees, Autumn Crocus on the East lawn and autumn flowering bulbs in the Rock Garden. Suitable for ages 16+.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£25.00

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/autumn-walk-and-lunch-with-the-head-gardener/

Darren Harbar

Workshop: Poetry Writing

  • 7 October 2017 10am-4pm

Poetry plays an important part in the Swiss Garden’s past, and there are examples of verse inscribed around the landscape, full of meaning and memory for those who placed it there almost 200 years ago. Write your own piece of poetry, inspired by the lovely surroundings of the garden and with guidance from Phil, himself a published poet and scriptwriter who understands perfectly the relationship between poetry and place.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£40

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-poetry-writing/

Fungal

Fungal Foray

  • 8 October 2017 10am-1pm

Led by the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Fungi Group, this free event (with normal garden admission rates) offers a different view of the Swiss Garden and its natural environment.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult – £8.00
Concession – £7.00
Child – Free of charge (under 16 years, max 4 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/fungal-foray/

Wildlife workshop

Workshop: Wildlife Art, Writing & Poetry

  • 14 October 2017 10am-1pm

Timings:
10:00 Arrival/Tea & Coffee served from the Restaurant
10:20 Introduction
10:30 Bird walk around Garden
11:30 Talk about wildlife in Bedfordshire and what has inspired Steve
12.30 View of artwork and a couple of poetry readings by Steve.
12.30 Talk about how Steve works.
13:00 Finish

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Ticket: £25.00

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-wildlife-art-writing-poetry/

Morning Room

The House Wedding Show

  • 15 October 2017 11am-3pm

You will meet a range of quality suppliers ready to help plan your special day. Couples getting married will also receive a free goody bag.

For more information call 01245 895470 or email info@mainweddingsandevents.co.uk

Event Information:
Doors open 11.00-15.00 with free admission and parking.
Pre-register via http://www.mainweddingsandevents.co.uk/Bedfordshire-Wedding-Shows/The-House-Shuttleworth/

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/weddingshow-oct/

Halloween

Halloween at the Swiss Garden

  • 28 October 2017 5:30-8pm

Join us for a family fun filled evening of scary stories with ghoulish games, plus a spooky biscuit and drink. Entry times are staggered from 17:20, please arrive at your allotted time. If you dare, come along from 19:00 for scarier stories!

Don’t forget to bring your torches for this Halloween event!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children

Admission

Ticket Prices:
£8 per child
£4 per adult
Under 3s free (maximum of 2 per adult)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/swiss-garden-halloween/

Shuttleworth

Talk: Frank’s Furniture Collection

  • 29 October 2017 10:30am-12pm

The House has a range of beautiful features, and over the years has housed equally interesting items, large and small. Discover the history of Frank Shuttleworth and his collection of unique furniture within The House, with a talk led by Samuel Scroggs of Heritage Antiques in Bedfordshire.

Ticket price includes entry to The House and tea/coffee on arrival. This event is suitable for ages 16+. Advance booking required.

Attendees may also book the talk with Afternoon Tea, costing only £26.95 per person.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£9.95

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/talk-franksfurniture/

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (October)

  • 29 October 2017 1:30-3:30pm

Formerly the home of the Shuttleworth family The House will be open for viewing, with room stewards on hand to tell you more about the history of the family and Richard Shuttleworth, and Old Warden Park.

Choose between sittings at 13.00 or 14.30. When booking please state if your party has any dietary requirements. If you would like to upgrade the booking to include prosecco, please email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£19.95 per Adult and £9.95 per Child

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/afternoon-tea-october/

Old Warden Park

Talk: The History of Old Warden Park

  • 26 November 2017 10:30am-12pm

This colourful talk will bring to life the history of Old Warden Park, led by The House and Parkland manager Amanda Done.

Ticket price includes entry to The House and tea/coffee on arrival.

Attendees may also book for Afternoon Tea (£26.95).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£9.95

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/talk-oldwardenpark/

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (November)

  • 26 November 2017 1-3:30pm

Formerly the home of the Shuttleworth family The House will be open for viewing, with room stewards on hand to tell you more about the history of the family and Richard Shuttleworth, and Old Warden Park.

Choose between sittings at 13.00 or 14.30. When booking please state if your party has any dietary requirements. If you would like to upgrade the booking to include prosecco, please email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£19.95 per Adult and £9.95 per Child

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/afternoon-tea-november/

Shuttleworth
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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