All our Duxford flying season events for 2022 have a limited number of tickets available. Please book your tickets in advance via the website to guarantee your place!

IWM Duxford's bumper 2022 Flying Season features two Air Shows, seven Flying Days and two special events. Please read on for our FAQs:

Duxford Flying Season

FAQs that apply to all of the events in our Flying Season, and advice on what to do and not to do on the day.

Duxford Air Shows

 From COVID-19 entry requirements to on the day advice when attending Duxford Summer Air Show or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.

All IWM Members who joined after 28 Jan 2021 receive a 10% discount on standard Air Show tickets at both Air Shows.

Duxford Special Flying Events

For Duxford Flying Evening and Duxford Flying Finale visitors.

All IWM Members receive 10% discount on both Special Flying Events.

Duxford Flying Days

Especially for Flying Days visitors taking place between April to October.

All IWM Members get free entry on all seven Flying Days.

Please also read our Duxford Flying Season Terms & Conditions before booking.

Flying Season Accessibility

Our site is situated on an airfield mostly on flat ground. Some areas are laid to tarmac, but most of the 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.

Disabled persons are entitled to bring one free personal assistant with them and will need to book a free personal assistant ticket. These are available online via our ticketing partner, See Tickets. Please note, this may not apply to Gold Experience packages, please check before you book. 

We have made sure that booking a parking permit, including Blue Badge parking permits, is set out as a clear step when booking your air show ticket(s). However, if you need assistance with your Blue Badge parking permit, please contact See Tickets.

Visitors booking Blue Badge parking permits must have a valid Blue Badge (or international equivalent) to book. Your Blue Badge parking permit and Blue Badge must be displayed on your car dashboard on entry to the site.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, there is currently no company issuing electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs. IWM advise visitors to bring their own mobility scooters/wheelchairs where possible.

Blue Badge parking will be located between the Land Warfare Hall and the American Air Museum on Air Show days. Visitors’ additional facilities will be in this same area.

 

Flying Season: Know before you go

  • Do not bring dogs or animals

Our venue is a working airfield and dogs – apart from guide dogs and registered assistance dogs – are not permitted on site. Please do not bring dogs onsite or leave them in cars in car parks. 

  • Do not bring barbeques

We have a variety of hot food venues and caterers on site for all budgets and needs. 

  • Do not bring step ladders or stools

We know you want the best views of our flying displays, but step ladders and stools are a trip hazard and restrict views for others and you will not be permitted to use them on site.

  • Do not bring tents

Please note that large tents and gazebo are not allowed onsite.

 

  • Flying Season events are mainly outdoor. Do bring clothes for all weather conditions

Given the unpredictable British weather, we recommend you are dressed for all weather conditions to ensure you enjoy a wonderful day at Duxford, whatever the weather. 

  • Do bring folding chairs or picnic blankets

Yes, you are welcome to bring a folding chair or picnic blanket with you on the day but please always keep your belongings with you.

  • You are permitted to bring windbreaks onsite at IWM Duxford

These must be secured properly and placed behind the white line on the grass area and not next to the display barriers.

  • Do follow Highways England for traffic updates

Make sure to leave plenty of time to get here to reduce the chances of having to queue and visit Highways England for traffic updates. 

  • Do stay up-to-date with flying schedules and changes

All flying is subject to weather and serviceability. Changes to the flying programme will be communicated over the tannoys at our events. but you can also find out the latest flying updates from our website or follow IWM Duxford on Facebook or Twitter.

Our Covid-19 requirements are based on current guidance. Should this change, this page will be updated, and ticket holders will be informed before the day.

We ask that you comply with all current Government requirements and guidance regarding COVID-19 that are relevant at the time of the event. The latest official advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Please make sure you have read and agreed with our Flying Season terms for attending on the day before you book your tickets.

Our ticketing partner for our flying season is See Tickets. For any questions about your ticket once you have made a purchase, please contact See Tickets for help.

All flying is dependent on the weather conditions to ensure the safety of our pilots. We will ensure any changes to the programme are communicated on the day of the event and encourage visitors to bring appropriate clothing for all types of weather.

COVID-19 Guidance

Based on current guidance, there will be no COVID-19 related entry requirements for ticket holders. Should government guidance change, this page will be updated. Please refer to our FAQs regularly. Please also look out for our event bookers emails which are usually sent the week of the event to the email address you provided on purchase. This email will include the information required to plan your day/ weekend with us.

We will be:

  • Installing plenty of hand sanitising stations across the site which visitors are encouraged to use.
  • Regularly cleaning public areas, such as the toilets and cafes.
  • All staff and volunteers at the Air Show will be encouraged to wear face coverings when indoors or in congested areas.
  • Asking all staff, volunteers and visitors to follow and comply with the latest official advice. Please read our T&Cs before you book your tickets.

For the latest official advice on COVID-19 from the government please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Duxford Air Shows 

Duxford Air Shows  are our major flying and entertainment events: 

  • Duxford Summer Air Show 
  • Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 

 

We will follow the latest government guidance regarding COVID-19 which can be found here

Ticketing

Tickets for the Air Shows are available from our website . Our ticketing partner is See Tickets. Ticket fees do not apply.

Tickets are strictly advance only and if tickets do not sell out before, will close at:

  • Midnight Friday 17 June for Duxford Summer Air Show Saturday attendance
  • Midnight Saturday 18 June Duxford Summer Air Show for Sunday attendance
  • Midnight Friday 9 September for Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Saturday attendance
  • Midnight Saturday 10 September for Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Sunday attendance

Unfortunately not, you will need to purchase tickets to the Air Show in advance and they will not be available to purchase on the day (online or at the gate) so please do not turn up without a valid ticket.

Your ticket will gain you entry to the site (provided you comply with the COVID-19 entry requirements) where before the air show you will be able to enjoy all the showground entertainment, access to the Flightline before 12 noon and entry to our hangars and exhibitions.

For any questions about your ticket, please contact our ticketing partner See Tickets.

The ticket has a unique barcode that will be scanned on the day and therefore the tickets can be used by anyone in your group. Tickets are not re-saleable, as mentioned in our terms and conditions of sale. You will be asked to check in on arrival or provide your name and contact details. If you are a member and have bought discounted membership tickets, you must provide a valid membership card (e-card or physical card) on entry.

If you have lost your e-confirmation you can contact See Tickets.  

Please enter your order reference and/or postcode to check your order, resend your confirmation by email or download your ticket.

If you are experiencing problems booking your Air Show tickets online, you can contact See Tickets.

Access to the Flightline is now included with your ticket. You may visit the Flightline to see the participating aircraft as many times as you wish during its opening hours of 9am to midday (times subject to operational commitments and weather may change).

 Yes. Please read our Duxford Air Show Terms & Conditions before booking your tickets here.

Gold Experience

The Gold Experience at Duxford Summer Air Show is an exclusive package designed for two people to make your Air Show weekend extra special. Tickets are strictly limited and include:

  • Entry to the Gold Marquee for two
  • A picnic hamper for two
  • An Air Show programme
  • VIP Parking

 

The Gold Experience at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show is an exclusive area with limited tickets for an extra special experience package.

At the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, the Gold Experience includes:

  • Entry to the Gold Marquee
  • An Air Show programme
  • VIP parking

The offer is designed as an area for adults with a paying bar and alcoholic drinks available.  There is no family or child ticket available for the Gold Experience.

The picnic hamper is for two people to share. Please state your dietary preference when you book your Gold Experience package.

Gold meat hamper

  • x2 crusty filled baguettes (one meat, one vegetarian)
  • Hand-reared pork pie
  • x2 cider & apple sausage rolls
  • Summer herb aioli (VG)
  • British cheeses with sourdough crispbread (V)
  • Chutney Sweet Apple Croxton (V)
  • Double chocolate brownie (V)
  • x2 mini fruit cakes (V)
  • x2 bottles of Fentimans (275ml)
  • Bottle of mineral water (750ml)

 

Gold vegan (VG) hamper

This hamper is ALSO ideal for anyone allergic to egg, dairy, fish, crustaceans, or molluscs.

  • 2 filled vegan tortillas; 1.) Falafel, hummus and Asian Slaw, 2.) Onion Bhaji, mango chutney and mint salad (VG)
  • Mixed crudites with hummus (VG)
  • 2 vegan cornish sausage rolls (VG)
  • Bread stick (VG)
  • Herby aioli pot (VG)
  • Vegan cheeses with sourdough crispbread (VG)
  • Chutney Sweet Apple Croxton (VG)
  • Vegan flapjack (VG)
  • Vegan brownie (VG)
  • x2 bottles of Fentimans (275ml)
  • Bottle of mineral water (750ml)

 

Gold Gluten Free (GF) mini hamper

For guests with gluten free requirements, we have created a 'mini hamper' supplied alongside the Gold meat hamper or Gold vegan hamper. Please tick the gluten free box when booking.

  • Cheese salad roll (GF)
  • Veg crudities and hummus (VG, GF)
  • Tyrells vegetable crisps (V, GF)
  • Summer herb aioli (VG, GF)
  • British cheeses with crispy bread (V, GF)
  • Cranberry pecan flapjack (V, GF)
  • Scone sultana with clotted cream and jam (V, GF)

 

Our picnic hampers are made from recycled materials and include biodegradable utensils.

A list of known allergens will be on display on the day. We have also listed known allergens in the picnic description. If you have any severe allergies, please let us know during the booking process.

For guests with gluten free requirements, we have created a 'mini hamper' supplied alongside the Gold meat hamper or Gold vegan hamper. Please tick the gluten free box when booking.

You can book a vegetarian picnic, please specify your choice by tick box when prompted during your booking. We do not offer the option of half meat half vegan/vegetarian hampers.

The Gold Experience is priced for two people sharing the experience, including a shared picnic hamper.  We are not able to offer a picnic for one person.

There is limited capacity in the Gold Experience so please book in advance to ensure entry.

There is a special personal assistant price for the two person Duxford Summer Air Show Gold Experience package.

For Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, personal assistants are eligible for a  free ticket to the Gold Experience .

The Grandstand

No, all seats are allocated on arrival – please ensure that you arrive at the Grandstand early to secure your preferred seat and catch the start of the flying display.

All seating with be allocated on a first come first served basis.

No, this is an add on to your entry booking. You will need a valid Standard Air Show ticket and parking permit for the day you are attending.

There is limited capacity in the Grandstand so please book in advance to ensure there is space.

Due to the nature of the seating there is no wheelchair access to the Grandstand. Please note that you will need to climb steps to reach your seat.

No, this is to ensure the best view of the airfield and flying displays.

Refunds

In the event of an Air Show being cancelled for any reason (excluding reasons relating to COVID-19), including weather-related circumstances, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All flying is subject to weather conditions and aircraft serviceability.

Please note that all showground entertainment and flying takes place outdoors so we strongly advise you to come prepared for all weather conditions to ensure an enjoyable day out, whatever the weather!

Should new government guidance relating to COVID-19 mean we need to cancel the Air Show we will offer you a refund and you will be informed of this decision via the email you have provided.  As a charity, you may also be given the option to donate your ticket value or convert it to membership.

Arriving at the Duxford Summer Air Show or Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

The gates will be open at 08:00 and the flying display will start at approximately 13:30.

We recommend that you arrive as early as possible to ensure that you don’t miss out on the flying displays. Dependent on COVID-19 guidelines nearer the event, you should allow for more time to enter the site due to the additional entry requirements. 

IWM Duxford is next to a busy motorway, but there are road crossings for you to safely use. For families and groups with young children, we do not recommend walking to the air show.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate general aviation bookings, for operational reasons

Yes, all ticket holders travelling by car will be required to book a parking permit ahead of the event.

You will need a parking permit for each vehicle parking onsite at the Air Show.

The safety of IWM staff, visitors and collections is of the utmost importance to us and we use integrated security measures to ensure this is maintained. We ask that visitors allow sufficient time for our staff to complete their checks upon arrival at our museums. Visitors must not bring any prohibited items as they will be confiscated. 

You will need to show your valid tickets when you arrive at the Air Show. Please print your parking permit and display it clearly on your arrival to, and during, the air show. Members must have a valid membership and show their card (ecard or physical card) on the date of their visit along with any discounted member tickets in order to gain entry.

Visitors can return to their car throughout the day. Depending where you have parked, you may need to get a re-entry sticker.

We have made sure that booking a parking permit is part of the ticket user journey so it is unlikely you will miss this step when you book your Air Show ticket. However, if you need assistance with your parking permit, please contact See Tickets.

Parking for motorbikes is free and you do not need to purchase a parking permit.

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. Customers who have booked Blue Badge parking permits must have their Blue Badge (or international equivalent) displayed with their Blue Badge parking permit to gain access to this area. 

At present, there will be no shuttle buses at Duxford Air Shows this year.

The Flightline is on tarmac with level access. If you require assistance, you should ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

There may be filming and photography on the day for broadcast, publicity, promotional or security purposes as stated in our terms of ticket sales. Our photography and filming teams will make themselves clearly seen by wearing branded filming t-shirts and/ or hi-vis. If you do not wish to appear in filmed scenes, please avoid these areas. 

Facilities

There are many hotels, bed & breakfast, and guest houses in the local Cambridge area. Please see the Visit Cambridge website www.visitcambridge.org for local listings and availability.

We no longer have a cash machine on site. IWM onsite retail and catering outlets do accept card payments, but we cannot guarantee all the trade stands have card payment facilities.

There are baby changing facilities provided at each Museum toilet location on site.

We are unable to store your belongings/luggage onsite. Please always keep your belongings with you and report any suspicious items to a member of staff or the police.

Yes. IWM offer free Wi-Fi access across most of the Museum. Access begins as soon as you agree to IWM's terms and conditions of use. Due to the number of people attending the Air Show the internet speed may be slower than usual. 

Bicycle racks are available for use located next to the Visitor Centre at the main entrance.

IWM Duxford’s Armoury Café, American Café and Workshop Restaurant will all be open, plus outdoor catering outlets providing an array of food and drink stalls across the showground. Visitors are welcome to bring their own packed lunches/picnics but for safety reasons, barbeques are not allowed anywhere onsite.

Programmes are available to purchase online in advance when you book your tickets or from IWM retail traders on the day. If you have purchased the programme in advance you should collect this from one of the collection points onsite by showing proof of purchase. 

Flying Schedule

IWM will continually update the participation list as new aircraft are added or amended. The final participation list is available in the week prior to the Air Show on the IWM website. All flying is subject to weather and serviceability.

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.

A general flying schedule is available in the souvenir programme which can be purchased in advance with your tickets and collected on the day. You can also purchase programmes from one of the IWM shops. The flying display participants will be on our website before the show and displayed on site over the weekend.

IWM Members

Yes. This is available for all new and renewing members who joined after 28 January 2021 and any remaining premium members from the old membership scheme. The area provides great viewing, and is open-air so please come prepared for all weathers. The area has toilets for exclusive member use. It also has seating and an area of grass for people to sit on blankets if they wish. You are also welcome to bring your own fold-out chair to place alongside the provided seating on the hard standing. We just ask that you are mindful of everyone’s views. You are welcome to bring picnics or purchase food from the onsite food establishments and bring into the Members Area.

All IWM members received a priority booking email direct on Monday 31 January 2022, when we launched priority booking to members. This included a direct link to the See Tickets' booking site and information about promo codes for new and renewing members who joined after 28 January 2021 and any remaining premium members, to use for their discounted tickets.Members must have a valid membership and show their card (ecard or physical card) on the date of their visit along with any discounted member tickets in order to gain entry.

Capacity will be managed carefully to ensure the health and safety of all our members and we may need to limit the number of members using the area. In the unlikely event that this will happen, it will be made clear to you at the point of purchasing your air show ticket that we have reached capacity in the Members Area.

You will still be able to purchase an air show ticket if they are still available, but it will be clearly marked on your ticket that it does not include access to the Members Area. We advise you to purchase your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.If your ticket doesn’t carry a “No Members Area” label, you can assume you will be able to access the Members Area on the day that your ticket is valid.

On arrival at the Members Area, our volunteers will greet you and ask to see your valid membership card before giving you a wristband so you have access all day. 

You can find this on any of the following:

  • Priority booking email sent Monday 31 January 2022
  • Confirmation welcome email sent on the day you joined
  • Emails sent in January 2021 detailing the new membership scheme.

Contacting Us

The best way to get in touch is via social media. Please follow IWM Duxford on Facebook and Twitter, or IWM on Instagram.

Duxford Air Shows FAQs 

First Published: 31 January 2022

Version updates: 31 March 2022

COVID-19 requirements are based on current government guidance available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

 

 

Duxford Special Flying Events

What is a Duxford Special Flying Event?

This year we have two Duxford Special Flying Events in addition to our Air Shows and Flying Days. After the Success of our First Flying Evening in 2021, this event will return for 2022 where audiences can enjoy an evening flying display as the sun goes down. We will also be giving audiences the chance to celebrate the end of the flying season at October’s Flying Finale event. Details of flying lists and other special entertainment will be confirmed before the event.

What COVID-19 measures will be in place on the day?

As with a normal day at IWM Duxford, the following measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all those on site.

We ask that you comply with all current Government requirements and guidance regarding COVID-19 that are relevant at the time of the event.

The latest official advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Do I need to purchase a parking ticket separately?

No, as we have limited tickets available at Duxford Special Flying Events, we have ensured there will be enough parking available for all ticket holders.

What time does Flying Evening start? *

Your ticket allows you access to IWM Duxford from 5pm, with the Battle of Britain exhibition, American Air Museum and Air and Sea exhibit remaining open during the evening. Flying is scheduled to start at approximately 6.45pm. Hangars will close at 9pm. A full programme will be confirmed before the event. The event is expected to end at 10pm.

Please note that flying times will depend on weather, serviceability, operation commitment and pilot availability on the day. Please ask a staff member or volunteer on the day if you would like further information. 

What time will Duxford Flying Finale start?

Duxford Flying Finale offers the chance to enjoy all that IWM Duxford has to offer as a museum whilst enjoying some guaranteed flying as we look back at the 2022 flying season. Expect some fan favourites and highlights from the summer for one final fabulous end of year showcase. Doors open at 10am.

What aircraft will be flying?

IWM 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 event on the IWM website.

All flying is subject to weather and serviceability.

Will there be activities on the ground?

Yes, there will be an exciting range of themed activities to participate in on the ground. Our final showground programme will be published with the flying list, one week before the event.

What will happen in the event of wet weather? 

All flying is dependent on the weather conditions to ensure the safety of our pilots. We will ensure any changes to the programme are communicated on the day of the event and encourage visitors to bring appropriate clothing for all types of weather.

If an event is cancelled due to changing government guidance, will I be issued a refund?

Should new government guidance mean we need to cancel an event, we will be able to issue you a refund and you will be informed of this decision via the email you have provided.

This email will also contain instructions as to how to claim a refund for your ticket should this happen.

Duxford Special Flying Events FAQs 

First Published: 31 January 2022

Version updates: 31 March 2022

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IWM Duxford's Flying Days

What is a Duxford Flying Day?

A Flying Day is a themed event at IWM Duxford where we work with our onsite flying partners and peers across the UK aviation community to deliver a fantastic day of entertainment.

Each event will bring you the best aerial choreography, storytelling and conservation success stories from IWM Duxford through thrilling flying displays (subject to weather, serviceability and pilot availability) and themed ground activities.

Please keep checking our website for more information including details of what will be flying, timings and any changes to the programme.

What COVID-19 measures will be in place on the day?

As with a normal day at IWM Duxford, the following measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all those on site.

We ask that you comply with all current Government requirements and guidance regarding COVID-19 that are relevant at the time of the event.

The latest official advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If an event is cancelled due to changing government guidance, will I be issued a refund?

Should new government guidance mean we need to cancel an event, we will be able to issue you a refund and you will be informed of this decision via the email you have provided.

This email will also contain instructions as to how to claim a refund for your ticket should this happen.

Do members get free entry to Flying Days?

Yes, free admission to Duxford Flying Days is one of the perks of being an IWM member.

Simply book your ticket via our website where you will need your Members promo code ready to claim your free entry ticket.

Do I need to purchase a parking ticket separately?

No, as we have limited tickets to Flying Days, we have ensured there will be enough parking available for all ticket holders.

What's the best way to travel to an IWM Duxford Flying Day?

You can find out more about how to get to IWM Duxford by car, train, or bus.

What time does the flying start?

IWM Duxford will open to the public at 10am. The flying will start at approximately 1pm and usually lasts 90 minutes, with the site then closing at 6pm. 

Please note that flying times will depend on weather, serviceability, operation commitment and pilot availability on the day. Please ask a staff member or volunteer on the day if you would like further information.

What aircraft will be flying?

IWM 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 Flying Day on the IWM website.

Why is the volume of flying different at each Flying Day?

As well as being an opportunity to showcase fantastic aircraft, Flying Days also serve as a training and development opportunities for pilots, ground crew and Flying Display Directors. This means that every Flying Day is different, and we will endeavour to provide as much information as to what is expected to display at each event on our website.

All flying is subject to weather and serviceability.

Will there be activities on the ground?

Yes, there will be a range of themed activities to participate in on the ground during each Flying Day. Please consult the website for further details.

Will there be commentary?

Yes, there will be commentary accompanying the flying displays.

Will the rest of the museum be open?

Yes, our hangars and exhibitions, visitor centre, cafes and shop will remain open for you to explore at leisure throughout the day.

What will happen in the event of wet weather?

All flying is dependent on the weather conditions to ensure the safety of our pilots. We will ensure any changes to the programme are communicated on the day of the event and encourage visitors to bring appropriate clothing for all types of weather.

Duxford Flying Days FAQs 

First Published: 31 January 2022

Version updates: 31 March 2022

Based on current government guidance available herehttps://www.gov.uk/coronavirus