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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.
Shuttleworth

Evening Airshow World War 1

  • 15 July 2017 12-8:30pm

Flying begins at 18.00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Book Online:
£18 per Adult
Free for children (up to four per paying customer)
£17 per SVAS (with proof of a valid SVAS card)

Please note – prices will increase on the event date.

Website

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

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.
Regency Gem

Talk: Restoration of a Regency Gem

  • 26 March 2017 10:30am-12pm

Find out about Lord Onglely’s ‘Swiss vision’, the Shuttleworth family’s interventions and future plans for the garden in this fascinating talk by the Swiss Garden Manager Corinne Price. It will delight anyone who wants to know more about this unusual garden and those who have shaped it.

The talk includes a slide show presentation of historical images and those of the most recent restoration work. Ticket price includes entry to Swiss Garden and tea/coffee on arrival. Advance booking required.

Attendees may also book for Afternoon Tea (see ticket options below).


Location:
The Garden Room within the Swiss Garden.
Afternoon Tea will be served at The House (optional).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Talk – £9.95
Talk with Afternoon Tea – £26.95

Website

http://Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/talk-regencygem/

Mothers Day

Mother’s Day

  • 26 March 2017 From 1am

Enjoy a freshly baked Afternoon Tea in the delightful setting of Shuttleworth’s old mansion House, with a chance to explore its grand rooms and a free gift for mum! Choose between sittings at 13.00 or 14.30.

Pre-book only. Afternoon Tea gift vouchers are available.

If you would like to upgrade your booking to include prosecco, please email enquiries or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Book Online:
£19.95 – Adult
£9.95 – Child

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/mothers-day

Garden Design

Workshop: Garden Design

  • 8 April 2017 10am-4pm

Using the Swiss Garden as a base for looking at garden layout and landscape design, this workshop will include practical sessions with refreshments and lunch included. Part of the programme will include a tour of the garden – please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Refreshments and lunch included, for special dietary requirements please email Juliette.Paxton@shuttleworth.org.


Location:
The Garden Room within the Swiss Garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£40

Website

http://Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-gardendesign/

NGS Open Day

NGS Open Day at the Swiss Garden

  • 22 April 2017 9:30am-5pm

Don’t forget to share your images with us on social media using #NGSopenday

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 per Adult (with up to four children FREE)
£7 per Concession

Website

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

Tea Talk

Afternoon Tea & Talk: Celebrating National Tea Day

  • 23 April 2017 From 12pm

With nearly 50 years of tea experience, Malcolm can provide a great insight in the history of tea and how to grow it. There will be tasting pots and demonstrations on how to blend teas.

After the talk enjoy a delightful freshly baked afternoon tea in the grand setting of The House.

When booking please state if your party has any dietary requirements. For more information email enquiries@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Pre-book only - £26.95.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/talk-and-tea/

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatters Tea Party

  • 30 April 2017 11:30am-4:30pm

Enjoy crafts and storytelling, take a picnic in the magical grounds of the Swiss Garden, and be entertained by Alice in Wonderland themed characters and features in this charming Regency landscape – the perfect setting for fun and fantasy!

Bring your own Mad Hatter picnic and dress up if you can – mad hats at the very least!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per Adult with up to four children FREE

Website

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

Spring Walk

Spring Walk and Lunch with the Head Gardener

  • 5 May 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 swathes of daffodils throughout the garden, a selection of Rhododendrons and other Spring flowering shrubs, and alpine plants in the Rock Garden. Suitable for ages 16+.

Suitable for

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

Admission

£25.00

Website

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

SP

Shuttleworth Season Premiere

  • 7 May 2017 9am-6pm

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

Book Online:
• £24 – Adult (until Monday 1 May then £27)
• Free – Child (up to four per paying customer)
• £17 – SVAS (with proof of a valid SVAS card)

Gate Price:
• £30 – Adult
• Free – Child (up to four per paying customer)
• £17 – SVAS (with proof of a valid SVAS card)

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

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/seasonpremiere/

Model Air

Model Air Nostalgia Weekend

  • 13 — 14 May 2017 9:30am-5pm

Ron Moulton Memorial CL events both days, FF Ebenezer Trophy and mass launch on Sunday, plus a host of Vintage FF class comps. Note NO camping before Fri 12th. For details of FF and CL events, see the SAM 35 website. 10kg weight limit. RTM and RC model suitability, contact Ken on 07810817089.

For more details, camping and trade bookings, contact Sheila on 07799132999, or see www.modelair.info

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 per Adult
£6 per SVAS member
Free entry for children up to 16 years

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/aeromodellers-may/

Evening Airshow

Classic Evening Airshow

  • 20 May 2017 From 12pm

Event Timings:
Gates Open: 12.00
Flying begins: 18.00
Event ends: 20.30 (approx.)

Please call Enquiries for more information, on 01767 627933 (Mon-Fri, 9.00-17.00 only).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Online Booking:
£18 – Adult
Free – Child (up to four per paying customer)

Prices increase on the event date.

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/athome-may/

DS

Talk: Working For Dorothy Shuttleworth

  • 21 May 2017 12:30-2:15pm

Cyril Thomas arrived at The House when he was 18 years old, from his home in St Helena to The House in Bedfordshire, to work for Mrs Dorothy Shuttleworth. This talk recalls his warm memories of his life in service as Dorothy’s footman and is an intriguing insight into life at The House during this period.

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

Attendees may also book for Afternoon Tea.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Talk – £9.95
Talk with Afternoon Tea – £26.95

Website

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

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (May)

  • 21 May 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.

Ticket price: £19.95 per Adult and £9.95 per Child.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult – £19.95
Child – £9.95

Website

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

FN

Fly Navy

  • 4 June 2017 9am-6pm

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


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: Adult – £24, Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

Website

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

Shuttleworth

Classic Evening Airshow (June)

  • 17 June 2017 From 12pm

Flying begins at 18.00.

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/classiceveningjune/

Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Pride and Prejudice (open air theatre)

  • 23 June 2017 From 5:30pm

When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award winning writer Laura Tuner, this brand-new adaptation celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer.

Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of the Swiss Garden. Bring a chair, wrap up warm and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

MP

Military Pageant

  • 2 July 2017 9am-6pm

Many of the aircraft at The Collection are of types that played important roles in both world wars. This largest and most impressive Collection of genuine airworthy First World War aircraft in Europe, including the only SE5a with a WWI combat kill, and some of the sole remaining airworthy aircraft of their type including the Hawker Tomtit and Avro Tutor.

*Veterans aged 85 or over have free entry to the event – please let us know you will be attending by emailing or calling 01767 627933, and whether you would like to participate in our vehicle parade.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Book Online:
£24 – Adult (until Monday 26 June then £27)
Free – Child (up to four per paying customer)
£17 – SVAS (with proof of a valid SVAS card)

Website

http://Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/military-pageant/

Regency

Regency Garden Party

  • 16 July 2017 12-5:30pm

Visit the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth on Sunday 16th July 2017 and enjoy a magnificent Regency Garden Party which will recreate the fairy-tale and celebrate Lord Ongley’s Swiss Garden, which was created in the 1820’s in the Swiss Picturesque style.

Visitors can enjoy a display of Regency dances and join in with several dance sessions taking place throughout the afternoon as well as experience displays of short scenes from Jane Austen novels which will be performed by local drama group ‘The Potton Players’. A quartet of musicians will be playing authentic instruments to perform a selection of Regency music to give the whole garden a party atmosphere. Families can enjoy a game of croquet on the Swiss Cottage lawn, listen to our regency storyteller and make Regency themed items in our craft area. Visitors are encouraged to come in Regency style dress!

Refreshments will be available to purchase in the Garden Room within the Swiss Garden throughout the event. Alternatively, visitors can pre book a fabulous afternoon tea to be served in the Restaurant or order a hamper to enjoy in the garden itself. Please contact Sally.clark@shuttleworth.org for more details.

A full list of activities will be released closer to the event date.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 per Adult with up to four children FREE

Website

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

WWII Theme

Workshop: Collection Photography

  • 20 July 2017 9:30am-4:30pm

The day will incorporate plenty of practical skills training, combined with a small amount of classroom tuition.

Aimed at beginner photographers who wish to learn the basic controls of their camera, this day is ideal for photographers who have a DSLR and are looking to get more creative and understand the use of shutter speeds and apertures. We do not discourage more competent enthusiasts from attending this course, but it will cover some basic elements of camera settings.

It is essential that you own a DSLR camera with a removable lens and a camera that allows manual control of shutter speeds and apertures. A standard lens is all that is required, however a zoom lens will be beneficial. A range of practical skills will be taught, from capturing static images, portrait photography (using a period dress re-enactor), and moving subjects in the air. It will leave attendees fully primed to take on an airshow with their camera!

This is an outdoor event, suitable clothing and footwear will be required.

Workshop tutor: Darren Harbar

Timings:
9.30 – arrival with tea and coffee
10.00 – classroom session
11.00 – static aircraft photo session
12.30 – classroom session, debrief and questions
13.00 – buffet lunch served*
13.30 – static aircraft and re-enactor photo session
15.00 – flying aircraft photo session
15.30 – classroom session, debrief and questions
16.30 – close

Ticket price: £150

Suitable for

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

Admission

£150

Website

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

Summer Walk

Summer Walk and Lunch with the Head Gardener

  • 21 July 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 herbaceous planting and colourful bedding displays around the Dolphin Tazza.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Ticket price: £25

Website

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

pp

Talk: Priceless Paintings at The House

  • 30 July 2017 10:30am-12pm

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 for Afternoon Tea.

Event Timings:
Arrive: 10.30 for refreshments
Talk: 11.00-12.00

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book Online:
Talk – £9.95
Talk with Afternoon Tea – £26.95

Website

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

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (July)

  • 30 July 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-july/

HH

Hurricane Heritage Photography Day

  • 3 August 2017 10am-5pm

Ever wanted to sit in the cockpit of a 1940s Hawker Hurricane? Based at The Shuttleworth Collection, Hurricane R4118 is widely regarded as one of the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying condition from the Second World War.

Book for an event that offers a close-up and personal photography day, with the special opportunity to take a seat in this historic aircraft!* With training and practical advice, enjoy the chance to take great images of Hawker Hurricane R4118. Teaching technique and camera skills, the day also includes a static photography session with a ‘Battle of Britain pilot’ re-enactor and guidance and know-how about making the most of your camera whilst working with models.

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, and the chance to experience the thrill of sitting inside the cockpit itself.*

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

*Cockpit experience subject to height, weight and mobility.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book Online:
HH Photography Workshop – £150

Website

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

EP

Edwardian Pageant

  • 6 August 2017 9am-6pm

With a timeless flying display of vintage aircraft, free rides on our 1913 Wellingborough and 1921 Charabus, and the opportunity to look around a Regency Swiss Garden and period House, this is a day out for all those who enjoy stylish surroundings and timeless vehicles. Come in Edwardian attire and get in the spirit of the era (optional) with a modest prize for the outfit of the day selected by our Honorary Patron.

Event Timings:
- Gates Open: 9.00
- Pilot Chat: 11.00
- Vehicle Parade: 12.00
- Flying begins: 14.00
- Costume judging: 16.30 (TBC)
- Event ends: 18.00 (approx.)

Suitable for

  • Any age

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/edwardianpageant/

Invertebrate

Invertebrate Walk

  • 16 August 2017 10am-1pm

For those who enjoy the natural world, a walk around the beautiful Swiss Garden and adjoining Woodland in search of interesting specimens from the invertebrate world. Try your hand at pond-dipping!

Featuring a nature table and display from the Bedfordshire Natural History Society, this free event (normal garden admission rates apply) offers an insight into the Swiss Garden as a habitat for these fascinating creatures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 per adult with up to four children free

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/invertebrate-walk/

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/

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/

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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