Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2018
Sat 22 September 2018 – Sun 23 September 2018
Early Bird priced tickets available from the end of January 2018
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show brings to life Duxford’s finest hour as an important Second World War fighter station defending Great Britain from aerial attack in 1940.
The roar of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines over the sights and sounds of our exciting showground, including our Home Front Second World War themed village, makes this event the Great British day out of 2018. The last event of the season, we are proud to announce Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show is an official partner of RAF 100. Tickets will sell fast.
Capturing the spirit of the era, we will assemble one of the biggest collections of historic aircraft seen in the UK since the Second World War. The skies above IWM Duxford will be filled with majestic flight as this important airfield, steeped in history, is transformed with re-enactors, 1940s dances, events and activities for all. Visit our Meet the Authors tent with talks, signings and Q&As from well known, respected writers and countdown to an unforgettable hearts and minds flying display you'll not soon forget.
- Our theatrical showground mimics the drama in the air, paying homage to the men and women who served during the Battle of Britain, and celebrating the history and heritage of RAF Duxford, now 100 years old and still at the centre of world history.
- Enjoy entry to award winning IWM Duxford, included in your ticket price. Get up close to the aircraft that have revolutionised flight: gaze at the beautifully sleek Blackbird Spyplane, the fastest air breathing jet aircraft ever built and take in the sheer size of the B-52 Stratofortress, which stretches the length of the American Air Museum. From Spitfires and Concorde to the modern day Typhoon, all and more on display across the museum.
- For an extra special air show, upgrade your standard ticket to a Premium Experience: from our brand new and much anticipated Grandstand Experience; exclusive Gold Experience or our child friendly Family Experience for an extra special and stress free day out.
Remember to take advantage of our special discounts:
- Early Bird tickets are available for a limited period. Book early for a great value day out you'll want to share with family and friends
- Become an IWM Premium Member before you buy your Air Show tickets. Benefit from special discounted rates and Premium Member's only experiences on the day. Find out more or purchase IWM Premium Membership today.
Early Bird priced tickets are now onsale, both online and from IWM Duxford Visitor Centre. Air shows are advanced ticket only events and this event will sell fast. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Need more reasons to book today? Book tickets for either Duxford Air Festival or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 February and automatically enter into a prize draw to have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flight with our partner Classic Wings.
We stepped back in time to our finest hour in 2017...
The biggest formation of Hurricanes and Spitfires seen in the UK in years took to the skies over historic Duxford. The spectacular flying display created an air show that visitors will always remember.
'Duxford is an historic place where these planes actually flew and it’s amazing you can watch them here today'
'There are so many different things to see….you can see all the aeroplanes, all the hangers, I love all the people dressed in their uniforms walking around it adds to the variety…brilliant!'
'It’s a commemoration of our past and it think it’s really important that we remember'
We'll be making more memories at the 2018 Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.
- Choose our great value Early Bird tickets and enjoy the countdown to an even bigger great day out of historic flying commemorating the actions, courage and sacrifices of 'The Few' during this pivotal moment in British history.
- Book tickets for either Duxford Air Festival or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 February and automatically enter into a prize draw to have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flight with our partner Classic Wings.
- Be the first to know when aircraft are announced to our 2018 line up with our enews and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tickets will sell fast!
In 2018, we'll be transported back again to an even bigger and bolder air show.
The roar of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines over the sights and sounds of our jam-packed historic showground and historic hangars makes Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show a great day out to share together in 2018. Discover an exhilarating way to be part of history, with WW2 aircraft taking off from the same airfield as 19 Squadron, part of the 'Few' to who we owe so much. The last show of the season, we are proud to be an official RAF 100 partner.
IWM Duxford will come alive with activity including our transformed airfield where historic re-enactors, 1940s dances, family activities, events, talks and live Q&As will entertain throughout the morning as we build up to the highly anticipated air display. And enjoy our award winning museum, included in your ticket price, where you can learn the stories of people who lived and worked on this crucial wartime RAF airbase.
We'll make big announcements as we confirm aircraft, building to an unforgettable September weekend. Be the first to know when acts are added to the line-up follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or join our enews.
But remember to book your tickets first - this is a strictly advanced ticket only event and they will sell fast.
Need more reasons to book now? Book tickets for either Duxford Air Festival or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 February and automatically enter into a prize draw to have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flight with our partner Classic Wings.
Book your tickets and enjoy a day out to remember. There's so much to do, from doors opening to the final, heart-warming finale.
Explore the Home Front Village to hear music from the 1940s and watch the dances that helped the public to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’
Visit the People in the Battle of Britain exhibition in the museum, which is all included in your ticket price. Explore the personal stories of seven people who served at RAF Duxford during this famous aerial battle.
Visit the Flight line Walk and get up close to the historic flying machines you'll see taking to the skies during our incredible air display. Additional charges apply on the day.
Take an exhilarating virtual Spitfire flight and witness IWM Duxford 'from the air'. An exciting experience, showing 360 degree views from inside the cockpit of a real Supermarine Spitfire. Additional fees apply.
One final reason to book now! Book tickets for either Duxford Air Festival or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 February and automatically enter into a prize draw to have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flight with our partner Classic Wings.
We've created some great value offers to enjoy at our Air Shows
Early Bird Pricing
Early Bird prices do not apply to:
- Premium Experiences including Grandstand Experience, Gold Experience and Family Experiences;
- Seating Enclosure upgrades,
- Programme sales
- Parking permits
Day Tickets: All day access to Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2018
EarlyBird Prices (until 13 May 2018)
Adult (aged 16+)
Child (aged upto 15)
Weekend Tickets: Enjoy both days of Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show
EarlyBird Prices (until 13 May 2018)
Adult (aged 16+)
Child (aged upto 15)
Kids Go Free
Our Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show is a family friendly event - with a family friendly price. Kids go free!
Children aged 15 and under go free with a full paying adult - BUT please ensure you book your free child ticket (s) when you book and confirm your order. All children in your party must have a valid free ticket on arrival on the day.
Offer applies only to standard and weekend tickets. Excludes Premium Experiences and upgrades.
As a charity, Premium membership helps us protect our historic sites and world-class collection.
But most importantly, it provides access to an exclusive 20% discount on Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show tickets and acess to member only areas at the show. From just £55, enjoy the best value Duxford Air Show* tickets available. Remember to buy your Premium Membership before you book.
* 20% discount applies to Early Bird tickets and Standard Price tickets at the Duxford Air Festival and Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show. For our partner's Air Show, Flying Legends in July, produced by The Fighter Collection, membership discounts do not apply to Early Bird tickets, only full price tickets from Monday 14 May.
We are a Charity - your tickets matter
90,000 plus people visit an Air Show at IWM Duxford every year, to experience this historic site as it was built to be used: a big, live airfield at the heart of world events and innovation.
The profit we make through ticket sales helps Imperial War Museums to preserve this 100 year old site, its historic hangars and buildings, the collections contained in our award winning museum and the stories of bravery, life and loss from the men and women who lived and served here.
It also helps us look after our other historic sites including Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast in London; and the world-class collections that make up our immersive and thought-provoking museums IWM London and IWM North (in Manchester). By supporting our air shows when you buy a ticket, you'll be supporting a museum that makes a difference, helping to tell the stories of lives changed by war and conflict to new generations. We couldn't do it without you.
Travelling to the Air Show
Please remember when planning your travel that there are no tickets available for sale on the day of the Air Show. You must have a valid, advanced ticket available to scan on arrival for everyone in your party. This includes a valid parking permit if you are parking your vehicle on site.
Free Courtesy Buses from Cambridge train station to IWM Duxford
Please note this service is not available from Cambridge North train station.
There is a free courtesy bus that runs from Cambridge to IWM Duxford on air show days. The first bus departs from stop five at 8.30am, and then every 30 minutes at regular intervals until approximately 1.30pm. You'll need to show your downloaded or printed air show ticket when you board the bus. Please do not board a courtesy bus without your valid, advanced ticket as there are no tickets for sale on the day. 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 train station to IWM Duxford
A free courtesy bus will also run from just outside Royston station to IWM Duxford on Air Show days. The bus departs from across the road to the station (Kneesworth Street) at regular intervals from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. You'll need to show your valid, advanced air show ticket when you board the bus. 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 train 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 advanced ticket as there are no tickets for sale on the day.
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. 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)
If you are traveling 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 parking permit if you wish to park at IWM Duxford. We cannot accommodate cars onsite without a pre-booked, parking permit. You can book parking permits 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 parking permit on your windscreen as you arrive at the car park for staff to check, and keep it displayed clearly during your visit. Entry to our on site parking will be refused if you do not have a valid, advanced parking permit. All cars are parked at owner's risk.
Travelling by motorbike
Motorbikes do not need a parking permit as they can be parked on a small amount of hard standing ground on site in our East car park – you'll be directed as you approach IWM Duxford. 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.
Flying into IWM Duxford
The History of Duxford Air Shows in Ten Facts
Air shows, it has been claimed, were the second-biggest participation events in Britain during the twentieth century after football matches. They began soon after man first took to the air and, more than a century later, are still as popular as ever.
Tens of thousands of people currently attend Imperial War Museums’ air shows and the numbers are growing. Find out the history and heritage of air shows at Duxford, and how we are still creating memories for people across the UK and Europe. Book your 2018 tickets today.
1. The public debut of the Supermarine Spitfire to air shows came at the opening of Marshall’s Aerodrome in Cambridge in 1938 when Spitfires from RAF Duxford attended the celebrations. IWM Duxford is still considered home of the operational Spitfire today.
2. The RAF in 1935 chose RAF Duxford to be the centre of King George V’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, with a flying display attended by the King himself. The RAF nearly always marks special events with an air show, and they have chosen the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show this September to be an official ‘RAF 100 display’ in their centenary year.
3. As the RAF began to expand during the late 1930s, annual Empire Air Days were held at airfields around the country. The 1937 Empire Air Day drew a total of 353,000 spectators. RAF Duxford was one of the participants, treating its visitors to aerobatic training displays, a mock-dogfight and a demonstration of blind flying. IWM Duxford continues to celebrate the history and heritage of RAF Duxford with its air shows.
4. The peacetime RAF was keen to take advantage of the goodwill it had built up during the war. Every September it marked the anniversary of the Battle of Britain by holding ‘at-homes’ at large numbers of active flying stations all over the UK. Each air show was organised locally to raise money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the crowds flocked in. RAF Duxford welcomed an estimated 23,000 visitors in 1955, who not only enjoyed the flying on offer but also purchased no less than five hundredweight (560 pounds or 255 kilograms) of ‘RAF Duxford at Home’ rock.
5. A huge boost to the preservation of historic aircraft came with the filming of Battle of Britain at Duxford in 1967. Many surviving examples of Spitfires and Hurricanes were restored to flying condition to take part in the filming, and these soon became the founding aircraft of the embryo “warbird” movement. In addition numerous ex-military jet aircraft, from fighters like the Hawker Hunter to bombers such as the Avro Vulcan and the English Electric Canberra, have made their way into private hands and actively participate on the air show circuit. The ever-increasing number of warbirds has added potency and spice to air shows. In the 1960s the sight of a Spitfire in the air was a rarity and American warbirds were mostly conspicuous by their absence. Now there are more airworthy Spitfires than at any time since the early 1950s and spectators can feast their eyes on a variety of historic aircraft at historic Duxford.
6. In 1973 Duxford staged a single air show to bring back the history and heritage of popular flight to this historic airfield. This single air show quickly became a permanent fixture in the air show calendar. At the same time many of the pioneering warbird operators based themselves at IWM Duxford and before long this historic airfield became synonymous with warbirds in Britain. The heady combination of historic aircraft, modern jets and aerobatic displays at the site of one of the biggest and best aviation museums in the world is one that shouldn’t be missed.
7. By 1975, the venue was very much in the vanguard of what soon came to be known as the UK’s warbird movement, the Imperial War Museum having offered a home to private operators of historic aircraft. Evidence was on show at the ambitious two-day Duxford 75 display. Having arrived weeks previously, B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B was displayed at its new base for the first time, while Ormond Haydon-Baillie presented in typically spectacular fashion his CT-133 Silver Star and Sea Fury FB11. And very special in this era was a line of five Spitfires. Just one was Duxford-based, this being the Shuttleworth Collection’s Spitfire LFVc AR501, newly restored at the airfield and making its public flying debut. Alongside stood LFIX MH434, then owned by Sir Adrian Swire, The Hon Patrick Lindsay’s Ia AR213, John Fairey’s unique T8 G-AIDN and Rolls-Royce’s FXIVe RM689. All at some point flew, and a multi-ship formation was mounted as the finale. Symbolic of Duxford’s new home at the centre of a burgeoning air show scene.
8. In 1976, Duxford became part of Imperial War Museums and has grown in stature since then. More than thirty of the buildings on the Duxford site now have listed status, being of historical and architectural significance. The dedicated museum space on the site has also grown, housing not only some of the most famous aircraft in the world, but also land and sea artefacts as well as materials such as films, photographs, documents and smaller artefacts that tell extraordinary stories. In 1997 the Stirling Prize-winning American Air Museum was opened to commemorate the role of American air power in the Second World War and the Cold War. The Norman Foster-designed museum houses extraordinary aircraft, including the only SR-71 Blackbird on display outside of the US, and the stories of the men and women who served in the United States Air Force at Duxford.
9. Duxford Air Festival was launched in 2017 to inspire and educate visitors with the wonder of flight. Taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the Duxford Air Festival combines technological innovation with the thrills of fast-paced flying in a mixed programme of aircraft old and new, military and non-military, that reflects the collection of the museum.
10. Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show launched in September 2017 to commemorate Britain’s “Finest Hour” and bring the history of the Battle of Britain to life in the skies over Duxford and in the Home Front Village on site. No less than 14 Spitfires (including a formation of 12), six Hawker Hurricanes, an Avro Lancaster B1, a Bristol Blenheim and two Gloster Gladiators took to the skies for an unforgettable moment of living history.
But the best is yet to come. Book tickets now to the Duxford Air Shows 2018.
Book tickets for either Duxford Air Festival or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 February and automatically enter into a prize draw to have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flight with our partner Classic Wings.
Book tickets for either Duxford Air Festival or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 February and automatically enter into a prize draw to have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flight with our partner Classic Wings.
Follow in the footsteps of ‘the Few’ and realise the ultimate aviation dream of taking to the sky in the world-famous Spitfire over historic Duxford.
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime way to celebrate 80 years of this much loved British aircraft at Duxford. Following a detailed pre-flight briefing you will follow in the footsteps of the few as you take to the sky in the T9 Spitfire. During your flight our skilled pilot will demonstrate the awesome capability of this aircraft and offer you the chance to take control. You will even get to experience this aircraft’s signature manoeuvre, the victory roll.
You have to be in it to win it.
Now is your chance to catch that flight of a lifetime. Buy your discounted early bird air show tickets today to automatically enter this amazing prize draw.
With an action-packed, fun-filled celebration of flight for all the family at Duxford Air Festival on 26 & 27 May and the commemoration of RAF100 at the immersive Battle of Britain Air Show on 22 & 23 September, this year promises to be a sell-out, so get your tickets before this unforgettable season takes off without you!
- Early Bird tickets are available until 13 May for Duxford Air Festival.
- Early Bird tickets are available until 9 September for Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.
Classic Wings has been flying historic aircraft from IWM Duxford for 25 year and operates unforgettable flight experiences on both air show and non-air show days.
All Air Show tickets must be purchased in advance. Air Show tickets are not available on the day.
Where can I purchase Air Show tickets?
IWM Duxford Visitor Centre:
Standard Air Show tickets will be available from the IWM Duxford Visitor Centre until the Friday before the event takes place (subject to availability).
All ticket types for all Air Shows will be available via iwm.org.uk until 12 midnight before the event takes place (subject to availability), dates listed below.
Duxford Air Festival – Sat 26 May 2018 – Sun 27 May 2018
Flying Legends – Sat 14 July 2018 – Sun 15 July 2018
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show – Sat 22 September – Sun 23 September 2018
If you are travelling by car and parking on site, please purchase your Parking Permit in advance too. You will be turned away from our car parks without it (Parking permits are included with the Gold Experience).
What happens if I arrive without a valid, advanced ticket?
Unfortunately if you arrive without a valid, advanced ticket you will be turned away. If you are parking on site you will need to purchase a parking permit in advance from our website. Parking permits are not available to purchase on the day.
We've booked as a group but we'll be travelling in different vehicles – how many vehicle parking permits will we need?
You'll need to obtain a parking permit for every vehicle parking on site at the Air Show.
I have a Coach/ people carrier/ mini bus/ camper van/ motor home. How do I book my parking permit?
Mini buses/ People carriers/ (10-35 seats) and Coaches
To book a parking permit for vehicles with 10- 35 seats/ Coaches you'll need to call Customer Services on +44 (0)1223 499 353. You cannot obtain these online. Please also ask our Customer Services team for information on our group rates.
Campervans and motor homes
You can book your parking permit online when you buy your Air Show tickets.
Campervans and motor homes can park on site, but overnight camping is prohibited.
We can only accommodate pre-booked coaches and we have limited spaces available. We cannot fit in any coaches that turn up on the day without pre-booked coach, parking permits. To ensure access to a space, obtain your coach parking permit as soon as possible by phoning Customer Services on +44 (0)1223 499 353.
Can I change my booking once I’ve purchased my tickets?
No. Our tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable and so please make sure that you are booking the correct ticket type for the correct day. Our terms and conditions can be found here
How do I know my ticket is 'valid'?
When booking online, you will receive an initial response by email from email@example.com. This email will include links to your e-ticket. You can download tickets to your device or if you prefer, print to your local printer. Please note that all our e-tickets contain a bar code. If you are printing your tickets the bar code must be printed correctly for use on the day.
I’m having problems downloading my e-ticket
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 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.
I’m having problems booking from overseas
If you are having trouble booking with an overseas credit card, please note you can also pay using pay-pal.
I’ve lost my booking confirmation, can this be re-sent?
If you have lost your booking confirmation please contact customer services via http://www.iwm.org.uk/connect/contact-us providing your full address including post code and your ticket reference number, if you have it. It may then be possible to resend your booking confirmation.
Can I get my money back if it's raining on the day?
No. Air Shows will not be cancelled due to rain. The flying display is always subject to weather, but it's unusual not to see any aircraft flying.
Can I upgrade my ticket to a Gold Experience or Family Experience?
If you want to upgrade your standard Air Show ticket to Gold Experience/Family Experience on the day there are limited upgrades available (subject to availability). We advise purchasing Gold Experience/Family Experience tickets in advance online.
Can I buy tickets for the Grandstand Seating Experience on the day?
We recommend buying Grandstand Experience tickets in advance online. Please note you will need a valid Air Show ticket before you can upgrade to the Grandstand Experience. There may be limited tickets available for the Grandstand Experience on the day (subject to availability).
Are children allowed in the Gold Experience Marquee?
There is no child ticket price for the Gold Experience Marquee and therefore children would be charged full price. We recommend looking at the Family Experience rather than Gold Experience if you are bringing children as this Marquee is better suited to families.
What should I do if I have a problem booking tickets online?
If you are experiencing problems booking tickets online, please contact Customer Services and we will be able to advise you accordingly of any issues that have occurred. If the problem is of an urgent nature, you can contact Customer Services on +44 (0)1223 499 353 and we will endeavour to help you with your booking.
How do I pay for the ‘Flight Line Walk’?
Flight line walk payment is on the day of the Air Show. You can pay by cash or debit/credit cash on the May and September Air Shows. Flying Legends is cash only.
Disabled persons facilities
Will I be able to access the Flight Line Walk?
The Flightline Walk is on tarmac with level access. If you have any problems please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.
As a disabled person, can I bring my carer with me?
Disabled persons are entitled to bring one free carer with them and will need to book a free carer ticket. For Gold experience free carers, you will need to book via Customer Services on +44 (0)1223 499353.
As a disabled person - can I park for free?
Yes, blue badge permit holders can park for free. Please select a disabled parking permit when you book your tickets online or let a member of staff at the IWM Duxford Visitor Centre know if booking at the Duxford branch.
Can I hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter?
Yes. Please contact our local hire company partner, Bartrams, in advance on 01353 778756 to book a wheelchair / mobility scooter. Charges apply.
Is there a dedicated area for wheelchair users?
Yes. Please ask on arrival for directions. Our staff will also be happy to help with any accessibility questions you may have on the day.
On the day
Can I bring my dog to the Air Show?
No, as IWM Duxford is a working airfield please do not bring your dog to the Air Show. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted.
What's the best time to arrive without having to queue to get in?
It is usually busiest between 10am and 1pm. We recommend you arrive early in order to reduce the chance of having to queue. Car parks will open at 8am each day. IWM Duxford exhibitions and trade stands will be open all day (from 8am until 7pm).
What time does the flying start?
The site opens at 8am however the flying starts at approximately 1pm and usually finishes around 5.30pm. For more information please sign up to our e-newsletter at the bottom of the page on the following link http://www.iwm.org.uk/
How will you be checking vehicle parking permits?
Traffic management staff will be checking for parking permits on arrival at the car parks. Please clearly display your parking permit in your windscreen on arrival and throughout the day.
How can I buy a souvenir programme?
Programmes will be available from IWM trade outlets and roving sales staff across the site on the day.
What catering facilities are available at the Air Show?
IWM Duxford has one restaurant and two cafés at the museum which are open all day at the Air Show. Food and drink stalls are also located around the site. Please also feel free to bring your own packed lunches/picnics but, for safety reasons, you cannot have a barbeque anywhere on site.
Are there cash withdrawal facilities?
Yes, there is one cash machine on site which charges a fee for withdrawals. However, because of the number of people attending the Air Show, we recommend withdrawing cash in advance of your visit.
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. Other activities to explore include the Flightline Walk which is open during the morning and is your chance to admire the aircraft close-up. A separate charge applies and tickets can only be purchased on the day.
Are baby changing facilities available?
Yes. There are baby changing facilities provided at each museum toilet location on site.
Is there local accommodation available?
There are many hotels, bed & breakfasts and guest houses in the local Cambridge area. Please see the Visit Cambridge website for local listings and availability.
Where can I drop off and collect passengers?
You can drop off and collect passengers at the main Visitor Car Park.
Can I smoke at the Air Show?
There are outside smoking areas on site. However, smoking is not permitted in any of the exhibition buildings or on the Flightline Walk. This also applies to e-cigarettes.
Can I store my belongings onsite?
No. We are unable to store your belongings/luggage onsite. Please keep your belongings with you at all times and report any suspicious items to a member of staff or the police.
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 on our website.
What is the difference between the flying participation on Saturday and Sunday for Air Shows?
The flying participation for Air Shows is generally similar on both days however, there might be some aircraft which display on one day only. For more information, please refer to the aircraft participation list on our website.
When will flying display timings be available?
A general flying programme is available in the souvenir programme, which can be purchased on the day.
Is there Wi-Fi access at the Air Show?
Yes. We offer free Wi-Fi access across most of the museum. Access begins as soon as you've agreed to IWM's terms and conditions of use.
Will there be ticket checks?
Yes. You'll need to show your valid tickets when you arrive at the Air Show.
Can I return to my car during the day?
You can return to your car throughout the day. Depending where you have parked you may need to get your hand stamped to gain re-entry. If you have parked near the flight line you may be asked not to return to your vehicle during the flying display.
Can I bring a windbreak, tent or stepladder?
Windbreaks and small tents/gazebos are allowed on site at Air Shows however, these must be placed behind the white line on the grass area and not next to the display barriers.
Step ladders are not permitted on site.
Can I bring a barbeque to the Air Show?
For safety reasons, you cannot have a barbeque anywhere on site.