The Duxford Air Show: Meet The Fighters

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 September 2016

  • Opening times: 8am -6pm
  • Flying display: 1.30pm - approximately 5.15pm
  • Flying list

Experience the speed, power and agility of historic and contemporary fighter aircraft as they dominate the skies over IWM Duxford at The Duxford Air Show.

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the formation of RAF Fighter Command, the air show highlights Duxford's role as a wartime fighter station, looks at how the nation has been defended from air attack, and shows the vital importance of fighters to winning control of the largest battlefront on earth. A massed Spitfires formation will take place on both days, comprised of twelve Supermarine Spitfires, including four rare Mark I Spitfires. Examples of these famous aircraft from past and present will fly in partnership, as we compare and contrast their enduring skills and abilities, and look at what it takes to be a fighter pilot.

Standard tickets provide access to IWM Duxford from 8am, the showground throughout the day and the live flying display. Remember to book your car parking ticket if you are intending to park onsite, however we do recommend you travel by public transport if at all possible. See our FAQs for more information on how to get here.

For a truly unique experience and the best seats on the airfield, upgrade to a premium pass. Premium passes are now no longer available online but limited upgrades will be available on the day.

- Our Gold Pass provides exclusive access to a marquee on the flight line, VIP parking and exclusive toilets. 

- For families, treat yourself to a Silver Pass, an offer especially created to engage children with the sights and sounds of the air show in a relaxed environment. The Silver Pass provides exclusive access to a family marquee on the flight line, special children's activities, VIP parking and dedicated toilets. Silver Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be a limited number of upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

See more detailed information on participating aircraft 

Please try to use public transport wherever possible, but if you do need to travel by car, remember to print and display your parking ticket on arrival.

Crowdline Change
Following positive visitor feedback about the change to the crowdline at the Flying Legends Air Show this July, we will again be moving the crowdline forward in the central area of the museum site for The Duxford Air Show: Meet the Fighters (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September). The exception to this is the eastern jet pan area of the museum site, which is needed for the parking of jet aircraft taking part in the flying display. To achieve the increased capacity in the central viewing area, we have had to make some difficult decisions, which has led to the Land Warfare end of the site not being a permitted viewing area for the entire weekend of The Duxford Air Show. There will be a small amount of sterile car parking which will be clearly designated. For safety reasons, visitors won't be able to return to their vehicles in this area until after the flying display has concluded. Please assist us by complying with instructions from staff at the air show. This year, air shows around the UK, including at IWM Duxford, have been subject to additional regulations regarding flying display permissions. We are making changes to the crowdline to offer visitors the best experience possible. We hope that you'll understand the reasons behind these changes and we hope you enjoy The Duxford Air Show.

IWM Duxford,
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR
Public Transport

Buses run from Cambridge Railway Station, Trumpington Park & Ride and Royston Railway Station to IWM Duxford on air show days. Please do not travel unless you have already booked your ticket - they aren't for sale on the gate.

Travelling By Car

Follow the signposted routes.

Please do not travel unless you already have your admission ticket and car park permit - they aren't available at the gate. We will operate a traffic management system on the M11, A505 and surrounding roads.

 

Flying list for The Duxford Air Show: Meet the Fighters

The flying display will commence at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 5.15pm. All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.

As aircraft are confirmed, we will update the flying list so check back on a regular basis before the air show.

Download the flying programme for Saturday and Sunday.

Flying participation as confirmed on 5 September 2016.

Gold Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis. 

Our Gold Pass, right on the flightline, offers the best possible views of the Fighters and their pilots as they prepare to take to the skies above our historic airfield. Enjoy the live action from the comfort of the exclusive marquee and outdoor seating area, as close to the action as we can possibly get you.

Take advantage of VIP parking, the best parking spots within our historic site.

Make time in the morning to walk the Flightline, getting up close to the historic and contemporary aircraft before they take part in 3.5 hours of incredible flight, an unrivalled display of thrill, power and skills.

Every Gold Pass purchase includes:

  • VIP parking (car pass tickets do not need to be purchased separately)
  • Unlimited access to the exclusive Gold Marquee, including indoor and outdoor seating on the edge of the flight line
  • Unlimited access to the Flightline walk before the live action begins, allowing you to get up close to the historic aircraft
  • The Marquee's exclusive private enclosure includes luxury toilets
  • Arrive early to take advantage of free entry to IWM Duxford including our museum and exhibitions
  • A free air show souvenir programme (a programme voucher does not need to be purchased separately)
  • Enjoy a special 15% off at IWM's shop as an additional thank you from us for your support*

 

You can also upgrade your Gold Pass to include a Gold Pass Lunch Voucher for our Gourmet Deli Bar – pre booking essential.

*As a charity, our air shows help us to preserve and maintain the heritage and history of RAF Duxford and ensures visitors to IWM Duxford today can experience the site as it would have been: a live, operational airfield at the centre of world events from the First World War to the Cold War.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that all flying is subject to weather and serviceability. Flying display times may vary.

At peak times you may have to wait to be seated for your buffet lunch in the Gold Pass marquee.

Plan your visit

Silver Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be a limited number of upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Our Silver Pass is perfect for families. Based on the flightline, our family marquee offers great views of the Fighters and their pilots as they prepare to take to the skies above our historic airfield.

Enjoy the live action from the comfort of our family area, including indoor and outdoor seating for all weathers, events and activities to entertain children in between the flying programme, VIP parking and luxury toilets to avoid air show day queues!

Our Silver Marquee, as close to the action as we can safely allow, also provides access to the Flightline walk. Take your family for a true adventure, getting up close to the historic and contemporary aircraft before they take part in 3 and a half hours of incredible flight, an unrivalled display of thrill, power and skills

Every Silver Pass purchase includes:

  • VIP parking (car pass tickets do not need to be purchased separately)
  • Unlimited access to the exclusive Silver Marquee, including indoor and outdoor seating on the edge of the flight line
  • Unlimited access to the Flightline walk before the live action begins, allowing you to get up close to the historic aircraft
  • The Marquee's exclusive private enclosure includes luxury toilets
  • Arrive early to take advantage of free entry to IWM Duxford including our museum and exhibitions
  • A free air show souvenir programme (a programme voucher does not need to be purchased separately)
  • Enjoy a special 15% off at IWM's shop as an additional thank you from us for your support*

 

*As a charity, our air shows help us to preserve and maintain the heritage and history of RAF Duxford and ensures visitors to IWM Duxford today can experience the site as it would have been: a live, operational airfield at the centre of world events from the First World War to the Cold War.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that all flying is subject to weather and serviceability. Flying display times may vary.

Plan your visit

About air shows at IWM Duxford

Why do air shows take place at IWM Duxford?

RAF Duxford is nearly 100 years old. Built in 1917 and an active airfield since 1918, IWM is now responsible for preserving its history and heritage and telling the stories of the men and women who flew and fought from here. This is the reason why we still stage air shows at IWM: because aircraft, flown by brave and expert pilots, have always taken to the skies above Duxford. Through our immersive air shows we hope to bring more people closer to the realities of war, sharing the heritage, history and the stories of real people with new audiences every year. We hope these audiences will come back again and tell others about their experiences.

What air shows take place at IWM Duxford?

There are three incredible air shows in our events season. May and September shows are thrilling spectacles staged by IWM, celebrating the history and heritage of RAF Duxford. As a charity, it's a great way to bring new audiences to our museum, bringing a new perspective on how visitors can support the airfield, the air craft and new major learning projects.

They are a great day out for all ages including three and a half hours of incredible air displays, a Flightline Walk of the aircraft before they take to the skies, live entertainment, retail and merchandising stalls, food and drink and a large themed show ground. On top of this live event activity, visitors can also enjoy our important historic site including the airfield and its listed buildings, AirSpace and the American Air Museum. In July, the Flying Legends show is staged by our onsite partners The Fighter Collection.

Ticket policies and admission fees

Why is your sales policy 'advance ticket only'?

Our air shows are very popular. Many of our air show peers and large scale event competitors had already moved to advanced ticketing when we decided to follow their lead in September 2015, ensuring we could manage the sheer numbers of people on site. Advanced ticketing helps us to plan for simple comforts like enough toilets, programmes and food and drink stalls. Most importantly though, our site does have a capacity limit for how many cars and people we can accommodate safely within the airfield and showground. Advanced ticketing makes sure we can only sell the amount of tickets that will ensure a great on-site experience.

What is the last chance I have to purchase an Air Show ticket?

Online bookings for Saturday 10 September (including 2-day tickets) will close at 12 midnight on Friday 9 September. Online bookings for Sunday 11 September will close at 12 midnight on Saturday 10 September. Premium Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be a limited number of upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis. 
Tickets are not for sale on arrival at IWM Duxford on either Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 September. Please do not travel unless you already have a valid ticket for your entire group. Children under 5 and disabled carers are free of charge but please book and download a ticket for them in advance.

What happens if I turn up without a confirmed, pre-purchased ticket?

We recommend you do not travel to IWM Duxford on an air show day without having purchased a ticket in advance. You can buy your tickets online, including your car parking pass if you intend to travel by car up until 12 midnight on the previous day. Your tickets must be shown on arrival. For advice on how to print or download your ticket, please see below.

How do I know my ticket is 'confirmed'?

When booking by email, you will receive an initial e-response from no_reply_iwm@maximweb.net. This email will include your download links to save your e-ticket to your device; or to print to your local printer. Please note that all of our e-tickets contain a bar code. This bar code must be printed correctly for use on the day. When you download your e-ticket two barcodes should appear, one within the box at the top of the page and the second at the bottom. If you cannot see these barcodes but instead characters with boxes behind them, try and save the e-tickets and reopen them. If they still don't appear correctly, please update the version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once done, reopen your e-tickets and the barcodes will display correctly for you to print.

Can I change my booking after I've received my e-response message?

We are sorry but once you've booked your ticket, we are unable to change the date. There are checks in place within the booking system to allow you to review your purchase before you agree the T&Cs of purchase. Please do ensure you check all of your ticket types, dates and costs before agreeing to the terms and conditions of sale.

Do I have a 'cooling off' period after buying my tickets?

A good guide for understanding consumer rights around ticket buying is the Which? Guide.

We are committed to ensuring our sales processes are transparent and our T&Cs are reviewed every year to ensure we communicate effectively our major event policy, which is a standard position across the events industry. Please do read and check the T&Cs before you confirm your ticket purchase online, or ask our box office team to explain our T&Cs if purchasing on the telephone.

How do you set your prices?

We are committed to benchmarking our prices against our major outdoor and leisure competitors to ensure we are in line with expected prices. As a charity, we are always looking to balance the needs of ensuring our events and activities support our aims by being commercially viable, with the need to ensure we are inclusive and welcoming across a wide range of communities and audiences. Everyone that attends an air show is helping to support IWM Duxford.

Why do you charge for children?

Our charging policy for events is in line with our standard admissions policy. We benchmark our policies against leisure, heritage and outdoor event peers every year to ensure our prices are in line with others. We offer free admission to children 4 years or under and half adult price child tickets. We do offer promotions to families throughout our sales cycle and the best way to ensure you get a great value offer is to join our eNews and follow our social channels, Twitter and Facebook.

Do you offer discounts or promotions?

Yes we may offer discounts throughout the sales cycle to entice new audiences to attend an air show at IWM Duxford. Look out for promo codes for the next air show on air show days; discounts across the site in the lead up to an air show day (and at HMS Belfast and IWM London) and join our eNews to find out about the latest promotional codes for our IWM Duxford fans.

Do you have disabled visitor pricing?

Yes we do. We offer a disabled concession and one free adult carer ticket for every disabled concession purchased. These tickets are available online and through the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353. If driving to IWM Duxford please remember to book your free disabled parking ticket. You will need it to access the closest onsite parking on the day.

Why do you charge for car parking?

The roads in and around IWM Duxford are busy. The extra traffic that air shows bring onto the roads can put too much pressure on the transport system and the experience of getting to and from air shows, in previous years, has sometimes been stressful for all involved. By ensuring that people intending to travel onsite by car have a pre-booked parking ticket we can work effectively with the Highways Agency on understanding the additional amount of traffic we will be bringing onto the roads over the weekend. In turn, the Highways Agency are experts in finding a way to accommodate extra traffic and managing potential queues. On site, the parking charge allows us to employ extra event staff to help with parking and return. We hope that it is a much better experience than previous years and worth the extra investment. There are alternative ways to travel to IWM Duxford and we always recommend public transport as the best way to enjoy your air show day out.

Why do I need to pay £5 to park on site if travelling directly by car?

We try to be transparent in our pricing and therefore do not add a car parking charge to standard admission price tickets. As we encourage visitors to travel as much a possible by public transport, it would be unfair to charge them a hidden cost to cover overheads including land rental fees (we do not own the surrounding land but need to rent fields for cars), additional events staffing to manage the flow of traffic into and out of IWM Duxford signage in around the area.

If you are planning to travel to IWM Duxford by car you must have booked a valid car parking permit and have it printed and ready to show on your windscreen as you arrive on site. If you have booked your admission tickets but forgot to book a car parking pass at the time, please visit our bookings page to request and download your car parking pass before you travel. Car passes are not available to download or pick up on the day from our admissions team. Entry may be refused if we cannot accommodate numbers onsite. All cars are parked at owners' risk.

Can I get my money back if it's raining on the day?

Air shows will not be cancelled due to rain. The flying display is always subject to weather, but it's unusual to not see any aircraft flying. The whole of IWM Duxford is also open on the day including our eight indoor exhibition spaces which will offer a full day out whatever the weather. Find out more about the exhibitions to plan your visit and what to see and do on the day.

What's the difference between a standard ticket, Premium Pass, Gold and Silver Passes?

A standard ticket is your general admission to the air show and all the sights and sounds of the Showground, flying display and museum. Premium Pass is the collective name for our two upgrade tickets. Gold Pass is an exclusive marquee close to the Flight Line; Silver Pass is our exclusive family offer, again close to the Flight Line but in a relaxed environment for families with special children's activities to keep them entertained in between flying. Please note that Silver Passes for both Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September have now sold out. Gold Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis. 

Can I upgrade my ticket to a Gold Pass or Silver Pass?

If you've bought a general air show ticket and want to upgrade, you can do this on the day of the air show. Gold and Silver Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be a limited number of upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Are children allowed in the Gold Enclosure?

We'd recommend looking at the Silver Pass offer first. It was especially created to ensure families had a relaxed environment to enjoy the sights and sounds of our air shows. The Silver Enclosure is right next to the Flight Line and includes a VIP parking pass and executive toilets. If you do decide the Gold Pass is right for your family please note we don't have a child Gold Pass concession and they will be charged the full premium ticket rate. Premium Passes are no longer available for purchase online but there will be a limited number of upgrades available on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Travelling to the air show

Please remember when planning your travel that there are no tickets available for sale on the gates at arrival at IWM Duxford on either day. You must have a pre-purchased, fully downloaded (barcoded) ticket available to scan on arrival. This includes a valid parking permit if you are travelling by car. Please don't be disappointed - book online now.

Travelling by public transport

Check and book your rail travel as soon as possible in advance. The best rail discounts are found by planning ahead as soon as you can. Try National Rail or the Trainline to compare rail prices to either Cambridge, Royston or Whittlesford Parkway.

Train + Courtesy Buses

Free Courtesy Buses from Cambridge Station to IWM Duxford

There is a free courtesy bus that runs from Cambridge to IWM Duxford on air show days. The bus departs at regular intervals from the station from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. You'll need to show your air show ticket when you board the bus. Please do not board a courtesy bus without your valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased ticket as there are no tickets for sale on the door. Please don't be disappointed! Buses will return to the station at regular intervals from 3pm and then every 30 minutes, with the last bus leaving IWM Duxford at 6.30pm. Timings of buses may be affected by local road traffic congestion.

Free Courtesy Buses from Royston station to IWM Duxford

A free courtesy bus will also run from Royston station from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. You'll need to show your air show ticket when you board the bus. Please do not board a courtesy bus without your valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased ticket as there are no tickets for sale on the door. Please don't be disappointed!
Buses will return to the station at regular intervals from 3pm and then every 30 minutes, with the last bus leaving IWM Duxford at 6.30pm. Timings of buses may be affected by local road traffic congestion.

Train + Taxi

Travelling from local rail stations to IWM Duxford by taxi

The nearest stations are Whittlesford Parkway, Royston and Cambridge. There are taxi ranks at both Royston and Cambridge stations. Whittlesford Parkway station is the closest to IWM Duxford but does not have a taxi rank; please make sure to book your taxi in advance. Please do not travel to a local rail station without your valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased ticket as there are no tickets for sale on the door. Please don't be disappointed!

Park & Ride

Due to the high number of visitors to the show, we strongly advise you to travel by public transport to avoid congestion.

A free courtesy bus runs from Trumpington Park & Ride at Junction 11 of the M11 from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. Please do not board a courtesy bus without your valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased ticket as there are no tickets for sale on the door. Please don't be disappointed! Buses will return to the Park & Ride at regular intervals from 3pm and then every 30 minutes, with the last bus leaving IWM Duxford at 6.30pm. Timings of buses may be affected by local road traffic congestion. Please note that although the courtesy bus is free, a £1 parking charge still applies at Trumpington Park & Ride.

Travelling by car (Parking onsite)

Should you choose to travel direct by car, IWM Duxford is located just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway. When you approach IWM Duxford please follow the temporary road signs rather than your sat nav. Please make sure that you've booked and printed your car parking ticket if you wish to park at IWM Duxford. We cannot accommodate cars onsite without a pre-booked, downloaded car pass. You can book these car passes in advance on our bookings page.

During the period of the air show, a traffic management system will operate on the M11, A505 and at Junction 10 of the M11, to ensure traffic flows as freely as possible. We recommend that visitors travelling south on the M11 take the alternative route, which will be signposted from Junction 11 of the M11, along the A10 to Royston and then east to the museum along the A505. For up-to-date traffic and travel information on the day keep an eye on the Highways England website.

Because the air show is so popular, there are different car parks available depending on the time you arrive, or where you are arriving from. Each car park is clearly signposted and staff will direct you to the closest entrance. Please ensure you display your car parking pass on your windscreen as you arrive at the car park for staff to check, and keep it displayed clearly during your stay. Entry will be refused if we cannot accommodate car numbers onsite because a car parking pass was not requested in advance.  All cars are parked at owner's risk.

How will you be checking car parking tickets?

Traffic management staff will be checking for car parking tickets on arrival at the car parks. This is why we ask that you clearly display your car parking ticket in your windscreen on arrival. All car tickets also have a bar code related to a ticket booking reference. Staff may scan car parking tickets during the day, so please do keep your car parking ticket on display once you've left your vehicle.

What's the best time to arrive without having to queue to get in?

Air shows are very popular and they attract visitors from all over the world. It is usually busiest between 10am and 1pm. We recommend you arrive early in order to reduce the chance of having to queue. There's plenty to do if you arrive early. IWM Duxford's eight indoor exhibition spaces are open early on an air show day (from 8am) and provide a great opportunity to avoid the crowds and the peak time traffic. Car parks will open at 7am and close at 7pm on each day.

We've booked as a group but we'll be travelling in different cars – how many car parking tickets will we need?

You'll need to obtain a car parking ticket for every car coming to the air show. When booking your admission tickets online or via the Box Office +44 (0)1223 499 353, please do remember to think about how you will be travelling to the show and select the required amount of car parking tickets AND the number of tickets you need per person for your group at this time. We cannot amend your booking after you have confirmed and downloaded your tickets.  Additional car park passes and/or admission tickets (one ticket per person) are not available to buy on the day from our staff. Please don't be disappointed on arrival!

Travelling by motorbike

During the period of the air show, a traffic management system will operate on the M11, A505 and at Junction 10 of the M11, to ensure traffic flows as freely as possible. We recommend that visitors travelling south on the M11 take the alternative route, which will be signposted from Junction 11 of the M11, along the A10 to Royston and then east to the museum along the A505. For up-to-date traffic and travel information on the day keep an eye on the Highways England website. Motorbikes do not need a car park pass as they can be parked on a small amount of hard standing ground on the site in our East car park – you'll be directed as you approach IWM Duxford. As this site is limited however, do arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Flying into IWM Duxford

Please contact IWM’s Control tower on 01223 833376 to reserve your slot and for information on how to pay for your landing fee and air show tickets.

Parking for people carriers, mini buses, camper vans and motor homes

Car parking space is limited for larger vehicles and so you will need to call the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353 in advance to make sure we reserve the right space for your vehicle.

Mini buses/ people carriers (10-35 seats)

To book parking for vehicles with 10- 35 seats you'll need to call our Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353. Please don't wait and be disappointed – call and book as soon as you can! You cannot obtain these permits online. Please also remember, all of your passengers will need to have/show a valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased admission ticket (one ticket per person). Tickets are not available for sale at the gates. Thank you for your help and understanding. Please also ask our Box Office team for information on our group rates.

Campervans, motor homes and nine plus seater cars

For campervans you can book your parking ticket online when you buy your admission tickets. For larger vehicles including motor homes and any vehicles with more than nine seats, you will need to phone the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353 to organise your parking ticket. Remember, if you're parking at IWM Duxford, you'll need to book a car parking ticket in advance when you purchase your admission tickets. Please also remember, all of your passengers will need to have/show a valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased admission ticket (one ticket per person). Tickets are not available for sale at the gates on arrival at IWM Duxford. Thank you for your help and understanding. Campervans and motor homes can park on site, but overnight camping is prohibited.

Please note: for campervan owners who have visited an IWM Duxford air show before, the campervan parking location has changed this year and will be located further back from the display barrier than usual. We recommend that you find a safe designated spot, away from your campervan and the parking area, from which to view the flying display. Our staff will be ensuring that visitors vacate the area in the run up to the first aircraft taking to the skies. No exceptions will be made. Thank you for your understanding.

Group and coach bookings

Coach and larger vehicle parking cannot be booked online. We have limited space available for large vehicles – please call our box office +44 (0)1223 499 353 as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. We cannot add further spaces once the allocated spaces are filled; or fit in any coaches that turn up on the day without a pre-booked coach parking ticket. Please also remember, all of your passengers will need to have/show a valid (readable barcode), pre-purchased admission ticket (one ticket per person). Tickets are not available for sale at the gates. Thank you for your help and understanding.

How can I guarantee a parking space?

We can only accommodate pre-booked coaches and we have limited spaces available. We cannot add further spaces once the allocated spaces are filled; or fit in any coaches that turn up on the day without pre-booked coach parking tickets. To ensure access to a space, obtain your coach parking ticket as soon as possible by phoning the Box Office only on +44 (0)1223 499 353 - coach parking spaces cannot be booked online. Please also remember, all of your passengers will need to be covered by a pre-purchased admission ticket. Additional tickets are not available for sale at the gates. Thank you for your help and understanding.

Do you have group rates?

We have special rates for groups of 10 or more. Please contact our Box Office team on +44 (0)1223 499 353 to book your group tickets and coach parking place.

We've booked as a group but we'll be travelling in different cars – how many car parking tickets will we need?

You'll need to obtain a car parking ticket for every car coming to the air show. When booking your admission tickets online or via the Box Office +44 (0)1223 499 353, please do remember to think about how you will be travelling to the show and select the required amount of car parking tickets AND the number of tickets you need per person for your group at this time. We cannot amend your booking after you have confirmed and downloaded your tickets. Additional car park passes and/or admission tickets (one ticket per person) are not available to buy on the day from our staff. Please don't be disappointed on arrival!

Disabled facilities

What facilities are there for disabled visitors?

Disabled facilities include:
- Free disabled car park (please book your disabled concession car park permit before the day via the box office on +44 (0)1223 499 353 or on our bookings page)
- Disabled viewing area
- Disabled toilets across the show site
- Changing facilities
- Mobility scooters
- Wheelchair hire

Please note: we have only a limited number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs available for use/hire on site. It is always best to make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. Please contact our hire company partners, Bartrams direct on 01353 778756. They'll be happy to help. Whilst animals are not allowed on site, guide dogs or assistance dogs are permitted.

Will I be able to access the Flight Line Walk?

We hope so. The Flightline Walk area is on tarmac with level access. If you have any problems do ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

As a disabled visitor, can I bring my carer with me?

Yes, you can bring one free carer. You'll need to select a free carer ticket when you make your booking online or via the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353. Please do check you've requested the right date as we can't change this after you've completed your purchase. Your ticket will need to be downloaded or printed to show on the day. Please make sure your ticket has printed correctly. When you download your e-ticket, two barcodes should appear, one within the box at the top of the page and the second at the bottom. If you cannot see these barcodes but instead characters with boxes behind them, try and save the e-tickets and reopen them. If they still don't appear correctly, please update the version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once done, reopen your e-tickets and the barcodes will display correctly for you to print.

Are there disabled concession prices?

Yes, we have a concession ticket which also entitles you to a free carer ticket. Please do remember to bring proof of concession on the day. For groups, please contact us in advance at the Box Office: +44 (0)1223 499 353.

As a disabled visitor - can I park for free?

Yes, disabled visitors can park for free. Please select a disabled concession car parking ticket when you book your tickets online. If you are booking by phone, let the Box Office know on +44 (0)1223 499 353 that you'll be travelling by car and need a disabled concession car pass in your confirmed booking. Disabled parking is also subject to availability, so please book early.

Can I hire a wheelchair?

There are a limited number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters for hire. It is best to book in advance to ensure your needs are met on the day. Please contact our local hire company partner, Bartrams, in advance on 01353 778756 – they'll be happy to help you.

Is there a dedicated area for wheelchair-users?

Yes there is. Please ask on arrival for directions, staff will be happy to help with any accessibility questions

On the day

How can I buy a souvenir programme?

Programmes cost £6 and will be available from outlets and roving sales staff across the site.

Where can I collect a programme if ordered online?

At any of the entry kiosks, IWM Duxford's Visitor Centre or at the IWM shop marquee.

What catering facilities are available at the air show?

There is one restaurant and two cafés at the museum which are open on the day of the air show. Food and drink stalls are also located around the site. Air shows are extremely busy - please make catering staff aware if you have any food allergies or needs so they can help you make the best choices. Please also feel free to bring your own packed lunches but for safety reasons, you cannot have a BBQ anywhere on site.

Are there cash withdrawal facilities?

Yes, there is one cash machine on site which charges a small fee for withdrawals. Because of the number of people likely to attend the air show however, we recommend withdrawing cash in advance of your visit.

Are baby changing facilities available?

Yes, there are a small number of baby changing facilities next to the toilet block building. Please do ask staff for directions if you need them, they will be happy to help.

Is there local accommodation where I can stay?

There are many hotels, bed & breakfasts and guest houses in the local Cambridge area. Please see the Visit Cambridge website for local listings.

Where can I drop off/pick up a passenger?

You can drop off/pick passengers up from the East car park.

Can I bring my dog to the air show?

No, as IWM Duxford is a working air field please do not bring your dog to the air show. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted.

Can I smoke at the air show?

Smoking is not permitted in any of the exhibition buildings or on the Flightline Walk, this also applies to e-cigarettes.

Are there cloakrooms on site?

Unfortunately no, due to security there are no facilities for left luggage or cloakrooms at the air show. Please keep your belongings with you at all times and report any suspicious items to staff.

What aircraft will be on display?

We will continually update the participation list as new aircraft are added or amended. The final, full participation list is available in the week prior to the air show. We recommend you check our website regularly for up-to-date information on participating aircraft. We will also send you an email in the week before the event counting down to the day, which will include a run-down of the aircraft you can expect to see, subject to change on the day.

What is the difference between the flying participation on Saturday and Sunday for air shows?

The flying participation for a two-day air show is generally similar on both days though there might be some aircraft which display on one day only. For more information, please refer to the aircraft participation list for each air show which will state which aircraft are displaying on Saturday or Sunday only.

Why do some aircraft disappear from the participation list?

Aircraft are only added to the participation list when we have received written confirmation from the operator that they will be attending. However there are a number of reasons an aircraft may have to cancel its appearance at the event. These include operational commitments and aircraft serviceability, which are out of our control.

When will flying display timings be available?

A general flying programme is available in the souvenir programme. You can also request this from the information desks throughout the day. Timings are not released in advance as they are subject to change.

What is there to do during the morning of an air show?

Included in the ticket price is entry to IWM Duxford, including all exhibitions, for you to explore. You can also enjoy a great shopping experience at the trade stands on site, enjoy refreshments in the restaurant and cafés, explore the Visitor Centre and take part in other activities across the site. The Flightline Walk is also open during the morning from 9am with last entry at 12 noon. This is your chance to admire the display aircraft close-up. A separate charge of £6.00 per person applies for the Flightline Walk on the day.

Is there Wi-Fi access at the air show?

Yes. We offer free Wi-Fi access across most of the museum, including our exhibitions and public spaces. Access begins as soon as you've agreed to IWM's terms and conditions of use.

Will there be ticket checks?

Yes, there will be. You'll need to show your tickets when you arrive at the air show. If you've booked standard tickets via the website, you will have been sent an e-ticket - you can print this out at home or show it to the team on your phone or tablet so they can scan it for you. Please ensure you have a valid (readable barcode) ticket for each person in your group/party. Tickets are not available for sale on the gate on arrival. Children 4 years and under and disabled carers are free of charge but please book and download a ticket for them in advance. Remember, please bring along any proof of concession too.

Please make sure your e-ticket has downloaded/printed properly before you set out. When you download your e-ticket two barcodes should appear, one within the box at the top of the page and the second at the bottom. If you cannot see these barcodes but instead characters with boxes behind them try and save the e-tickets and reopen them. If they don't appear correctly, update the version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once done, reopen your e-tickets and the barcodes will display correctly for you to print.

Can I return to my car during the day?

If you have been allocated a parking space offsite but close by and need to return to your car during the day, please visit the entry point kiosks – they'll ensure your hand is stamped, allowing you re-entry. If you have parked onsite, you may be asked not to return to your car or vehicle during the flying display. This especially affects campervans who are parked on the west side of the museum, close to the flight line. Thank you for your understanding.

Can I bring a windbreak, tent or stepladder?

You will not be allowed to set up windbreaks or tents next to the display barrier as they can spoil the view for other visitors. Please place them behind the white line on the grass area. If you need help or advice on where they should be placed please ask a member of staff. We will have to remove windbreaks and tents placed against or close to the display barrier.

Please don't bring stepladders as these can't be used anywhere on site. We will remove any stepladders that are brought to the air show.

Can I bring a BBQ to the air show?

For safety reasons, you cannot have a BBQ anywhere on site.

IWM Duxford
CB22 4QR CAM
United Kingdom
Cambridgeshire GB