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THE SHUTTLEWORTH COLLECTION

Old Warden Park,
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 9EP
t: 01767 627927 / 01767 627924
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e: marketingevents@shuttleworth.org
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The Shuttleworth Collection is open to view every day (except for the Christmas to New Year week) and is also famous for its regular flying displays when, during the summer season, all of the airworthy aircraft are flown, re-creating flying during the Edwardian period, the First World War, peacetime years of the twenties and early thirties and then World War Two.


1. Mad Hatters Tea Party
Sunday 30 April 2017

Watch Morris and Maypole dancing displays at this Mad Hatter themed event, with an opportunity to join in during timed afternoon sessions. 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!

£10 per Adult with up to four children FREE

Timings: 11.30 - 16.30

Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/madhattersteaparty/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth, Old Warden, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP

2. Spring Walk & Lunch with the Head Gardener
Friday 5 May 2017

Enjoy the Swiss Garden in spring with this informative walk, where our senior garden team will be delighted to share the garden’s story with you. 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+.

Event Timings: 10.30 -14.00

Ticket price: £25

Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/springwalk/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth, Old Warden, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP


3. Classic Evening Airshow
Saturday 20 May 2017

Classic Evening of flying at Shuttleworth.

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

Book Online:
£18 – Adult
Free – Child (up to four per paying customer)
£11 – SVAS (with proof of a valid SVAS card)

Prices increase on the event date.

Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/classiceveningmay/
Address: Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


4. Pride and Prejudice (open air theatre)
Friday 23 June 2017

Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. 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.

Timings:
Gates open- 17.30
Performance begins- 19.00

Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/prideandprejudice/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth, Old Warden, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP


5. Workshop: Collection Photography
Thursday 20 July 2017

A photography training day at The Shuttleworth Collection intended to teach attendees the basic camera skills required to photograph aircraft. 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

Event page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-collectionphotography/
Address: Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


6. Summer Walk & Lunch with the Head Gardener
Friday 21 July 2017

Enjoy the Swiss Garden in summer with this informative walk, where our senior garden team will be delighted to share the garden’s story with you. 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 ages 16+.

A Spring and Autumn walk are also available.

Timings: 10.30 - 14.00

Ticket price: £25

Event page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/summerwalk/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


7. Invertebrate Walk
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Led by members of the Bedfordshire Invertebrate Group.

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.

Timings: 10.00 – 13.00
This is an outdoor event – please wear suitable footwear.

Ticket price: £8 per adult with up to four children free

Event page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/invertebrate-walk/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


8. Wind in the Willows
Friday 25 August 2017

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. 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.

Timings:
Gates open at 17.30
Performance begins at 18.30

Event page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/windinthewillows/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


9. Workshop: Autumn & Winter Planting
Saturday 9 September 2017

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

Event Timings: 10.00 - 13.00

Ticket price: £25

Website page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-winterplanting/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


10. Workshop: House and Garden Photography
Thursday 21 September 2017

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 filled with autumn colours. Perfect for budding architectural and landscape photographers!

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.

Timings: 10.00 - 17.00

Ticket price: £80

Event page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/workshop-photographyautumn/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


11. Autumn Walk & Lunch with the Head Gardener
Sunday 6 October 2017

Enjoy the Swiss Garden in spring with this informative walk, where our senior garden team will be delighted to share the garden’s story with you. 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 Autumn leaf colour including Acer, Robinia and Tulip trees, Autumn Crocus on the East lawn and autumn flowering bulbs in the Rock Garden. Suitable for ages 16+.

Ticket price: £25

Event page: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/autumnwalk/
Address: The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


12. Festivi-Tea and Christmas Carols
Sunday 10 and 17 December 2017

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas with our festive-themed Afternoon Tea served in the magnificent House at Shuttleworth. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, including the all-important roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry, followed with scones and a selection of festive-themed fancies – all accompanied with hot chocolate, coffee and tea.

After tea explore the house and learn about the history of the estate and the Shuttleworth family. The afternoon is finished by a performance of Christmas Carols.

Event pages: http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/festivitea/
http://www.shuttleworth.org/events/festivitea-carols/
Address: The House, Old Warden Park, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EA