Old Warden Park, Shuttleworth Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Fabulous collection of Edwardian, WW1 and WW2 aeroplanes and historic vehicles, set in an old grass aerodrome with 8 hangars. Regular flying displays featuring all airworthy aircraft. If your children are interested in wings of the feathered variety, there's also a Birds of Prey centre within Old Warden park that does kestral racing displays for children. Open daily 9:30am-5pm Apr-Oct and 10am-4pm No-Mar. Free for under 17s.
Other attractions at Shuttleworth include, The Swiss Garden, The Jubilee Play Centre and the Bird if Prey Centre.
We strongly recommend you ring Shuttleworth Collection before you set off on your family day out, to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices. It may also be worth visiting the website for Shuttleworth Collection, www.shuttleworth.org, to see if there are any special events on the day for which you may have to book a ticket. Please also be aware that if Shuttleworth Collection hosts birthday parties, this may limit the access in the cafe/restaurant areas.
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We enjoyed our day out at Old Warden. It was fascinating looking at all the planes and reading the information boards (even if they are a little dated to put it politely). There are eight hangars there to look at so there's plenty to see and you can skim past parts of the room if you want to. We did go earlier in the year and it was FREEZING so do take your coats. My husband did comment that it would be great to come when they hare having an airshow there - and this does happen periodically throughout the year (see website for details) but I am of a mind that this will make it busy but of course you would actually get to see those wonderful FLYING MACHINES in action (yes, those old birds are still airworthy)..... There is a nice canteen in the reception area (if a little pricey - so if we went again, we would 'pack our own') and you can also pay extra to gain access to Old Warden Gardens - which are worth every penny. Not least as they have resident peacocks that are our favourites! Recommended.