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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.
Valentines

Valentines at Shuttleworth

  • 12 February 2017 From 1am

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. 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@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627933.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book Online:
£19.95

Website

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

SM

Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition

  • 19 February 2017 10am-4pm

Competitions include:
• 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
• Best Model in the show*
*As decided by the organising committee, and awarded The John Morris Memorial Trophy, presented in memory of John Morris who was a founding member of the organising committee.

Clubs and Societies:
If you wish your club/society to attend, please complete the clubs booking form (found on the website) and return it by 28 January 2017.

Traders:
If you wish to book a trade stand space, please complete the trader booking form (found on the website) and return it by 28 January 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Book Online:
£12 – Adult
£5 – SVAS (with proof of a valid SVAS card)
Free – Child (up to four per paying customer)

Website

http://www.shuttleworth.org

Talk

Talk: Flying the Collection’s Aircraft

  • 25 February 2017

In a joint initiative with Youth & Education Support (YES), Shuttleworth’s Chief Pilot Dodge Bailey will give his perspective on the challenges and pleasures of flying aircraft from The Collection as diverse as the 1912 Blackburn Monoplane (the oldest British aircraft still flying) to the race winning twin engine 1934 DH99 Comet.

Timings are to be confirmed.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book online (advance booking required) – £25

Website

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

WS

The House Wedding Show

  • 5 March 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

Website

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

MM

Murder Mystery Evening

  • 11 March 2017 7-11am

Mystery in History’ have written a brand new Murder Mystery based around the history of Shuttleworth House…. come back to the 1930s, learn more about the Shuttleworth family and estate… and use your little grey cells to solve a most dastardly crime! The night’s entertainment includes a three course dinner and tea/coffee to finish. Optional overnight stay with breakfast and entry to Swiss Garden and The Collection over the weekend.

The Dastardly Plot: It’s Saturday March 11th 1933. Johnny ‘Snoopy’ Cartwright and Neal ‘The Baron’ Thompson, two of Richard Shuttleworth’s fellow Old Etonians, have arrived at his house to bid to purchase Richard’s old aircraft – his Comper Swift G-ABWE – which crashed back in January. Both want to repair it. Both want to fly it. Both want to own it. But what lengths will they go to in order to get their own way …. surely not murder?!*

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets:
£45 – Standard
£95 – Also includes an overnight stay with breakfast and weekend entry to Swiss Garden and The Collection.

Website

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

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/

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/

Photography

Workshop: House and Garden Photography

  • 27 April 2017 10am-5pm

New for 2017, a photography workshop that will allow you to capture impressive period interior images of The House at Shuttleworth, a grand old mansion set in acres of parkland, and the Regency picturesque vistas of our Swiss Garden with spring flowers and an array of daffodils.

With a classroom session on setting up your digital SLR, led by professional local photographer Darren Harbar, this workshop will offer plenty of time for taking images with practical hands-on guidance. Lunch is provided.

This is an outdoor event with walking throughout the day, suitable clothing and footwear will be required. Suitable for age 16+, pre-booking required.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£80

Website

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

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/

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/

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 10:30am-12pm

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. This event is suitable for ages 16+. Advance booking required.

Attendees may also book for Afternoon Tea.

Suitable for

  • 18+

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/

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/

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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/

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/

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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