Our FAQs will help you plan for a great day out to the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 September. 

You should also read our Duxford Air Show Terms & Conditions before booking your tickets here.

For any questions about your ticket once you have made a purchase, please contact our ticketing partner See Tickets.

If you have booked to attend a Flying Days event, please read our Flying Days FAQs.

 

COVID-19

Based on the latest government guidance, the following will be in place at the Battle of Britain Air Show. If guidance changes, we may update these measures so please refer to this page for the most up to date information:

 

-A vaccination record showing proof of two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen vaccine - you must have had your second dose at least two weeks before attending

-An email or text with a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test result received within the past 48 hours. Please do not bring your physical test with you, this will not be accepted as proof. A rapid lateral flow test is available for free and can be ordered via the NHS website

-An email or text with a positive PCR test within the past 6 months – this is obtainable after you've finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test

  • Wearing face coverings is strongly encouraged when indoors and in congested areas, this is to help keep those around you safe and protected.
  • All ticket holders aged 16 and over will be encouraged to scan in via the NHS Test and Trace app or provide their contact details on arrival. 
  • There will be no Family Experience, Grandstand or Gold Experience.
  • We still ask that if anyone feels unwell before the Air Show that they do not attend in order to protect visitors, staff and volunteers on site.

 

What else is IWM Duxford doing to make sure people are safe and protected on site?

  • 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.

 

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

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 September for Saturday attendance
  • Midnight Saturday 18 September for 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 you will be able to enjoy all the showground entertainment as well as access 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 Experience is now included with your ticket. You may visit the Flightline Experience to see the participating aircraft as many times as you wish during the hours of 09:00 – 12:00 (times subject to operational commitments and weather)

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.

We are pleased that we are now able to open our hangars and exhibitions, and access to these is included in your ticket price. However, 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 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.

Arriving at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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

We recommend that you arrive as early as possible to ensure that you don’t miss out on the flying displays. This year, with our enhanced COVID-19 guidelines, you should allow for more time to enter the site due to the additional entry requirements. The site will open from 08.30 on both Saturday and Sunday of the event.

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 this year we are unable to accommodate general aviation bookings due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Yes, all ticket holders travelling by car will be required to book a car 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.

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 car 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 disabled parking must have their Blue Badge (or international equivalent) displayed with their disabled parking permit to gain access to this area. 

We’re delighted to partner with Stagecoach to provide a free shuttle bus service to Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show ticket holders.

The shuttles will run from 0830-1330 from:

  • Royston Station
  • Cambridge Station
  • Trumpington Park & Ride

Shuttles will restart from IWM Duxford for the return journey between 1500 – 1900.  

Flying Schedule

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 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.

Accessibility at Duxford Air Shows

IWM reserve the right to request proof of entitlement to concessions. You will need to show either a document to say you are in receipt of ‘Disability Living Allowance’ or ‘PIP (Personal Independence Payment)’, along with your valid pre-booked ticket(s).

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.

 

The Flightline Experience is on tarmac with level access. This year, the Flightline Experience is included in your ticket price.  If you require assistance you should ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Disabled persons are entitled to bring one free carer with them and will need to book a free carer ticket. These are available online via our ticketing partner, See Tickets.

You will need to purchase and print off your parking permit in advance. Visitors booking disabled parking must have a valid Blue Badge (or international equivalent) to book. Your disabled 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.

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 be open, plus outdoor catering outlets providing an array of food and drink stalls. Visitors are also 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.

IWM Members

This September we are hoping that we can bring you a Members’ area at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show so that you can enjoy some of the very best views. The Members’ area will be available to Premium Members and Members who joined from 28 January 2021. Please note that there is a restricted capacity for the Members’ area. Once this capacity has been reached, member tickets will not include access to the Members’ area.

 

 

All IWM members can purchase Air Show tickets here. Premium members and members who joined from 28 January 2021 can receive a discount on Air Show tickets by entering their members promo code when purchasing tickets. Members can find their promo code:

  • In the Air Show members’ eNews, sent when priority ticket access launched
  • In their welcome email if joined after 28 January 2021
  • As part of the emails sent to all existing members in January 2021, ahead of the new membership launch on 28 January 2021.

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.

Know before you go

  • 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. 

 

  • BBQs

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Duxford Air Shows FAQs and T&Cs

First Published: 29 July 2021

Version updates: 29 July 2021

Based on government guidance available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus