We want all of our visitors to enjoy Duxford Air Shows.
Our site is situated on an airfield almost 2 miles in length mostly on flat ground. Some areas are laid to tarmac but the majority of ground is laid to grass. Whilst we make every effort to make our site accessible, due to the nature of the site some areas may not be suitable for customers with restricted mobility.
Please book your blue badge parking permits when you book your tickets online. Parking onsite is limited and blue badge parking spaces may sell out.
- Duxford Air Festival parking permits
- Flying Legends from the Fighter Collection at IWM Duxford parking permits
- 80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show parking permits
More information can be found in the Accessibility Air Show FAQs.
Accessibility at Duxford Air Shows
Blue badge parking for visitors with disabilities
Visitors with a valid blue badge are able to purchase a parking permit in our blue badge parking area. On arrival to the site, blue badge parking will be clearly sign posted. Once you are parked in the blue badge parking area our Accessibility Champions will be on hand to assist you to the facilities across the Air Show showground.
Marked parking bays will ensure adequate space for wheelchair movement between vehicles. Access path ways will be added to aid movement from grass parking to the main tarmac paths.
Wheelchair and electric scooter hire
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control there is currently no company issuing electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs. We advise where possible to bring your own mobility scooters/wheelchairs.
Our Duxford Shuttle Bus is not available for use at Duxford Air Shows.
The enclosure for visitors with a disability is located on the flight line in the American Zone opposite the American Air Museum. It should take between 5-10 minutes to travel to the seating area from the blue badge parking area. This seating area is offered free of charge.
The accessible seating area includes:
- An outdoor enclosure on tarmac
- Unreserved wheelchair spaces and personal assistant seating
- Accessible toilet facilities
- Crowd line location facing the Flying Display
- Commentary via Public Address speakers
- Accessibility Champions will be available to answer your questions and assist
Flightline Experience Access
The Flightline Experience is on tarmac with level access. If you require assistance please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.
Accessible toilets can be found across the site. There is 1 toilet within the seating enclosure for visitors with a disability and a further 2 toilets situated in the blue badge parking area.
Further accessible toilets can be found across the site in the following locations: 6 toilets in AirSpace (2 upstairs, 4 downstairs), 1 toilet next to the Workshop Restaurant, 2 toilets between Hangar 5 and the American Air Museum, 2 toilets in the American Air Museum (both located downstairs and accessible via ramps) and 1 toilet in Land warfare (located downstairs and accessible via the lift).
Guide and registered assistance dogs
Guide dogs and registered assistance dogs are permitted onsite, but as IWM Duxford is a working airfield, please do not bring pet dogs to Duxford Air Shows.
During your arrival and departure our Accessibility Champions will be available to answer your questions and assist you in the blue badge parking area. They can also assist you with any questions you may have about accessing the rest of the Air Show showground.
Induction loops are fitted in the Visitor Centre and at most exhibits with audio including the Historic Duxford Trail. Please note that during Duxford Air Shows the Showground and Museum can become noisy which may create situations where hearing could become difficult.
At this time trade stands and mobile catering outlets do not provide induction loops. Please ask IWM staff and volunteers for assistance if required.
Eating and Drinking
Both cafés and our restaurant on site are well-lit and have ample room for a wheelchair to manoeuvre. Tables and chairs are not permanently fixed, and staff are willing to move them to suit your needs. There are drinking straws available. In our Cafes, refreshments are chosen at the counter, but staff will bring them to your table on request.
Staff at the outdoor catering outlets are willing and to help and assist with the serving of your food.
For further details and dietary requirement information, please visit www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford/eat-drink.