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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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Evening Airshow

July Evening Airshow

  • 14 July 2018 12-9pm

Classic flying evenings at Shuttleworth have a relaxed atmosphere, and are where the light can be at its best to see the Edwardian aircraft if the weather is calm and favourable enough for these incredible aircraft to take to the skies. This unique collection of aircraft from the early and pioneering years of aviation are quite unlike any found anywhere else in the UK and really have to be seen flying!

With typical evening summer light excellent for photography, on site refreshments will be available including a bar. There’s a free Swiss Garden tour available and our vintage buses will be running for free passenger rides.

Take advantage of the lovely summer weather to stay over at Shuttleworth’s camping and caravan facilities, and enjoy a whole weekend of entertainment with discounted entry to The Collection and Swiss Garden on non-event days.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Book Online:
£18 per adult (£20 on the gate)
Free for children (up to four per paying customer)

Please note – prices will increase on the event date.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/july-evening-airshow/

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.
Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (May)

  • 27 May 2018 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult – £20.95
Child – £10.95

Website

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

Shuttleworth

Fly Navy

  • 3 June 2018 9am-6pm

This event is supported by the outstanding work of Fly Navy Heritage Trust, who have secured a memorable line-up of extraordinary and historic aircraft for a thrilling show.

The pilot chat is about the BAE systems owned Avro Anson, with its new colour scheme.

Follow the Richard Shuttleworth trail (download the app), enjoy live music, explore the activities in our children’s discovery zone, take a free ride on vintage buses, explore the Swiss Garden and The House, and enjoy craft activities for children in the Swiss Garden, and make a free aircraft model with Airfix & IPMS Brampton ‘Make & Paint’.

With great food on sale, and Souvenir programmes available from the gate and Visitor centre, don’t miss out!


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


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

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

On the gate prices: Adult – £30, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult).
Online booking prices: £24 per adult (until Monday 28 May then £27) and children aged 15 and under are FREE.

Website

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

Classic flying evening at Shuttleworth

June Evening Airshow

  • 16 June 2018 12-9pm

Close to mid-Summer with the light typically at its best long into the evening this classic flying evening at Shuttleworth will have a relaxed atmosphere, and one of the best chances to see the Edwardian aircraft if the weather is calm and favourable enough for these incredible aircraft to take to the skies. This unique collection of aircraft from the early and pioneering years of aviation are quite unlike any found anywhere else in the UK and really have to be seen flying!

On site refreshments will be available including a bar. There’s a free Swiss Garden tour available and our vintage buses will be running for free passenger rides.

Shuttleworth is excellent for photography so take advantage of the lovely summer weather to stay over at Shuttleworth’s camping and caravan facilities, and enjoy a whole weekend of entertainment with discounted entry to The Collection and Swiss Garden on non-event day.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Pre-book Online:
£18 per adult with up to four children FREE.
£11 per SVAS member (with proof of a valid SVAS card).
Please note the prices increase on the event date.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/june-evening-airshow/

Afternoon Tea at Shuttleworth

Father’s Day Afternoon Tea

  • 17 June 2018 1-3:30pm

Say thank you to your dad and treat him to our home-baked savoury afternoon tea in the grand setting of The House at Shuttleworth. 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 Old Warden Park.

Pre-book only. Ticket includes a glass of ale, wine or sparkling wine.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£25.95 per adult and £10.95 per child.

Website

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

HH

Hurricane Heritage Photography Day

  • 20 June 2018 9:30am-4:30pm

This special Hurricane Heritage event is a close-up and personal photography day led by well known aviation photographer Darren Harbar, with the special opportunity to take a seat in this historic Battle of Britain fighter!* With training and practical advice, enjoy the chance to take great period images of Hawker Hurricane R4118 in its natural grass airfield environment. Teaching technique and camera skills advice will be available for those who need it, and the day includes a static photography session with a ‘Battle of Britain pilot’ re-enactor.

Special extras include: The chance to meet the aircraft owner, James Brown to find out more about this aircraft and why it’s so special; A Hurricane Heritage pilot’s chat about what it’s like to fly the Hawker Hurricane, the chance to experience the thrill of sitting inside the cockpit itself * and entry to the Collection.

Places limited, pre-book only. Suitable for over 16 years old. Tickets include lunch.

*Cockpit experience subject to height, weight and mobility.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£150

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/hurricane-heritage-photography-day/

Chapterhouse Theatre Company

‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ (open air theatre)

  • 28 June 2018 From 6pm

Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of the Swiss Garden and lose yourself in this gripping tale.

Bring a low-backed chair, and wrap up warm – even summer evenings get chilly!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £16.00
Child: £10
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £46.00

Website

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

Workshop

Workshop: Pottery Painting

  • 30 June 2018 10am-4pm

Led by local ceramic artist Eve Carroll and drawing inspiration from the wonderful surroundings of the Swiss Garden, this creative art session will focus on nature, wildlife and some of the 18th century architectural elements found in the garden.

Participants will be encouraged to sketch out a design based on their own particular interests, and will learn how to transfer those drawings onto tiles using ceramic paint. Once the paint is applied, the tiles will be left to dry and coated with a layer of transparent glaze back at Eve’s studio – they can then be collected from the visitor centre at Shuttleworth after a 2-week period, or posted to participants.*

*Extra costs apply for postage – £5 per item.

First Session: 10:00 – 12:30
Second Session: 13:30 – 16:00

Refreshments and all materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

£25 per adult and £15 per child (aged 10-16 years).

Website

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

Military Pageant (WWI Centenary)

Military Pageant (WWI Centenary)

  • 1 July 2018 9am-6pm

We are proud that The Collection is home to the largest and most impressive collection of genuine airworthy First World War aircraft in Europe and some of the sole remaining airworthy aircraft of their type including a Hawker Sea Hurricane, Hawker Tomtit and Avro Tutor.

Expect to see a fantastic gathering of Military aircraft and visiting military vehicles, with a flying display featuring visiting aircraft and a selection from The Collection. The pilot chat is about the only genuine WWI SE5a still flying, and which has a combat kill the day be before Armistice Day.

Follow the Richard Shuttleworth trail (download the app), enjoy live music, explore the activities in our children’s discovery zone, take a free ride on vintage buses, explore the Swiss Garden and The House, and enjoy craft activities for children in the Swiss Garden, and make a free aircraft model with Airfix & IPMS Brampton ‘Make & Paint’. With great food on sale, and Souvenir programmes available from the gate and Visitor centre, don’t miss out!

Service veterans: Free entry if aged 85+. Please let us know you are coming via email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Book Online:
Adult – £24 (until Monday 25 June then £27)
Child* – Free (up to four per paying customer)

*Age 15 and under. Group rate and gate price can be found below.

Website

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

Summer Walk

Summer Walk and Lunch with the Head Gardener

  • 6 July 2018 10:30am-2pm

Learn all about the story of the garden, those who created it and the recent restoration project which has brought this wonderful Regency landscape back to life. Enjoy lunch afterwards, with an opportunity to chat informally to senior members of the garden team, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about what you’ve seen on the tour and developments in the Garden.

Highlights include herbaceous planting and colourful bedding displays around the Dolphin Tazza. Suitable for ages 16+.

Suitable for

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

Admission

£25 per person

Website

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

Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic in the Swiss Garden

  • 15 July 2018 11:30am-4:30pm

Come along to our Teddy Bears Picnic and enjoy crafts, a bouncy castle, our ‘Bear Hunt’ teddy trail, face-painting, family games and fun-filled children’s activities, all in the magical surroundings of the Swiss Garden. Don’t forget your teddies, and bring a picnic!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8 per adult, £4 per child and under 3’s are FREE

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/teddy-bears-picnic/

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (July)

  • 29 July 2018 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. Upgrades to include Prosecco and Champagne are available. For groups of 9 or more, please call 01767 627965 or email events@shuttleworth.org.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£20.95 per adult and £10.95 per child

Website

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

Shuttleworth

The Shuttleworth Family Airshow

  • 5 August 2018 9am-6pm

As part of Shuttleworth’s August programme of family fun, this event is packed fun of activities to keep everyone entertained, from grandparents to grandtots!

The pilot chat is about the Chipmunk, the first taste of flying for many former members of the ATC.

Follow the Richard Shuttleworth trail (download the app), enjoy live music, explore the activities in our children’s discovery zone, take a free ride on vintage buses, explore the Swiss Garden and The House, and enjoy craft activities for children in the Swiss Garden, and make a free aircraft model with Airfix & IPMS Brampton ‘Make & Paint’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Book online: £24 per adult (until 25 June then £27) with up to four children FREE.
Gate Price: £30 per adult with up to four children FREE.

Website

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

Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Robin Hood and His Merry Men (open air theatre)

  • 16 August 2018 5:30-8:30pm

Robin Hood and his band of merry men are feared by the richest of the land who travel through Sherwood Forest as they steal from the rich to give to the poor. When the evil Sheriff of Nottingham schemes to stop the outlaws, the merry men must join with the beautiful Maid Marian to rescue Robin from the Sheriff’s evil clutches and restore peace to the forest lands. Inspired by folklore, myth and legend, this brand-new version of Robin’s notorious story is brought alive with traditional sword play, song, music, dance and stunning medieval costumes. Adapted by award winning writer Laura Turner.

Join family and friends and step into the forest with Chapterhouse Theatre Company in what promises to be one of the most fun adventures of the summer.

Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of the Swiss Garden and enjoy this romp through Sherwood Forest!

Bring a low-backed chair, and wrap up warm – even summer evenings get chilly!

Coming with friends? Groups of 10 or more will receive a 10% discount. Please call 01767 627933 or email enquiries@shuttleworth.org to book your group’s place.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Family friendly

Admission

£16 per adult, £10 per child and £46 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children).

Website

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

Proms

Flying Proms

  • 18 August 2018 12-10pm

The Flying Proms at The Shuttleworth Collection celebrates 21 years, and will bring all the atmosphere and fun of a truly British Proms and the excitement of vintage aircraft displaying to live music from the National Symphony orchestra.

The 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 is open to visitors and with tea & cake on offer to purchase, travel up on a free vintage bus, fun for everyone.

Bring your own picnic, or our on-site catering facilities will selling bottle drinks, hot drinks, Pimm’s, and strawberries & cream, and mobile bar, and Shuttleworth merchandise, glowsticks and flags also available.

Closing with a thrilling firework finale, Flying Proms is truly a highlight of the Shuttleworth Collection season!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult – £34 (until 9.00 Monday 13 August then £38)
Child* – £17 (children under 3 years go free)

*Age 15 and under, children under 3 years go free

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/flying-proms/

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (August)

  • 19 August 2018 1-3:30pm

Treat yourself to a wonderful home-baked afternoon tea in the grand setting of The House at Shuttleworth, 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 Old Warden Park.

Pre-book only. Upgrades to include Prosecco and Champagne are available. For groups of 9 or more, please call 01767 627965 or email events@shuttleworth.org. When booking please state if your party has any dietary requirements.

Choose between sittings at 13.00 or 14.30.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£20.95 per adult and £10.95 per child.

Website

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

Weddings at Shuttleworth

House Wedding Fair

  • 23 September 2018 11am-3pm

Visit The House for our beautiful Wedding Show.

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.

Doors open 11.00-15.00 with free admission and parking.

Address: The House, Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EA

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free admission and parking.

Website

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

The Swiss Garden at Night

The Swiss Garden at Night

  • 25 — 26 October 2018 6-9pm

As part of the Museums at Night event, the Swiss Garden is pleased to open its gates for two evenings in October and show off its lovely collection of trees, shrubberies and architectural features in an entirely new light. See magnificent cedars, ancient oaks, ponds, bridges and rustic buildings beautifully highlighted using a variety of lights, and re-visit Lord Ongley’s lamp-lit Regency garden, which so impressed contemporary visitors that it was described as a ‘fairyland’ in the 1830s.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £10.00
Family ticket option: £24 (2 adults, 2 children)
Price Child: £3.00
10% discount for groups of 10+

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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