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The Shuttleworth Collection

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Address: Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
Phone Number: +44 1767 627927
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Description: Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out to...
Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out to remember. Shuttleworth houses a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight. Illustrating the history of flight from the early 1900s to the 1950s, you will see how the aeroplane operated in the pioneering years, was rapidly developed during World War I, was used for sport, pleasure and business in the 1920s and 30s and once again became a fighting machine in World War II. You can see fascinating examples ofaircraft ranging from the 1909 Bleriot XI to Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Sea Hurricane. Then you can explore one of England's most delightful (and unknown) historic gardens, the Swiss Garden, created in the 19th century, when an interest in ornamental gardening and picturesque architecture first came together. The Shuttleworth Visitor Centre is a great place to pick up some fantastic gifts, or just relax with a cup of tea and a spot of lunch in the restaurant overlooking the airfield.
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A must for all plane enthusiasts.

The flying days here are not to be missed with some wonderful planes of all eras. There is also a very comprehensive display of planes many of which are still flown.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The flying days here are not to be missed with some wonderful planes of all eras. There is also a very comprehensive display of planes many of which are still flown.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Went for the 4th year running to see the Flying Proms at this fantastic venue. The ambiance was great, family and couples and groups all getting on fine - a bit like the last night at the Proms but with the addition of aircraft. British flags flying alongside Canadian etc. Music and areoplanes - a great combination and picnic hampers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A visit to the Old Warden grass airfield which houses rge Shuttleworth collection is a must and we did it the day after a visit to Duxford on a trip from Somerset. The admission is quite pricey for adults but against this under 16 year olds go in free and it does'nt cost to park or watch the planes coming... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great exhibition , friendly staff. The restaurant served a good selection of snacks and main courses.

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Hats off to the staff and volunteers who make this place so special. Still doesn't feel too commercial, especially on flying days. Arrive in a vintage car or aircraft and you'll feel particularly welcome, but the atmosphere is superb partly because it gives the impression of being so relaxed. Partly because there is such dedication to preserving and showing this... More 

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Whether you are an aviation fan or not, there is no better way to spend a summer evening than at The Flying Proms! Wonderfully organised - superb flying display accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra! A night to remember.

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Oxford, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Wonderful place smashing staff fantastic resteraunt. A little bit out from Beddford but well worth it and a bonus if aircraft out side flying.

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New Deer, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Any museum which makes a Sea Hurricane look like the pinnacle of aeronautic technology has to be worth a look! See aeroplanes crafted out of bits of stick, string and canvas in which the pilot truly must be at one with the elements. And at the other end of the spectrum, the Comet racer - a stunningly beautiful machine. Apparently,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

everyone should make a day trip at the biggleswade proms plane display, check the days & go.u have the best day.not to be missed.

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Bagshot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had just a couple of hours available to spend at this indoor exhibition of flying machines spread over 6 large aircraft hangars. Whether you're interested in aviation or not, this is a superbly presented exhibition of flying machines, paraphernalia and memorabilia spanning from pre-WW1 to post-WW2. In 2 hours, we managed to reach only as far as the 3rd... More 

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