The Showground sets the scene for you to 'step back in time' to Summer 1940. Enjoy history-packed entertainment before the emotive flying display takes off, filling the afternoon sky with the sights and sounds of warbirds and the thrill of Merlin engines.

Join our enews to keep updated as new entertainment and flying line-ups are confirmed. 

Battle of Britain Zone

Spirit of Britain Living History Group 19 Squadron Pilot Scramble at  Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

Battle of Britain Zone

Bringing history to life, stand in the footsteps of 19 Squadron and experience life at Duxford during the Second World War. From living history groups and military vehicles to classic 1940’s music and dances, we’ll be setting the scene for the historic flying taking over the afternoon’s entertainment.

Come and join the party!

Battle of Britain Spirit of Britain photo shoot
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Come and join the party!

From music and dance lessons to big band sounds and record-playing DJs, get ready to party like its 1940! With a best dressed prize for each day, there’s a great reason to dust off your sports jackets and shake out your tea dresses!

Join the Fun!

  • Cambridge Swing Dance
    ©Cambridge Swing Dance
    Live Lindy Hop

    Cambridge Swing Dance C.I.C. is a non-profit company aimed at promoting Lindy Hop and other forms of swing dancing in Cambridge. Lindy Hop, Swing Dance or Balboa with the team and dance the morning away before the flying display takes off!

  • The Vintage Gramophone DJ at Duxford Air Show
    ©The Vintage Gramophone DJ
    Popular Music

    With an impressive collection of 78 rpm records or 'shellacs' and a pair of vintage HMV gramophones, The Vintage Gramophone DJ will be creating the party mood! Hear music from the dancebands of the early 1920's, Jazz and Swing eras to the dawn of Rock and Roll and the popular artists of the 50's and early 60's.

  • The Debonairs swing band
    ©The Debonaires
    Big Band Music

    The Debonaires perform the popular music of the jazz era including Gatsby, classic Broadway & Hollywood.From the energy of the roaring 20’s, the determination of the 30’s, the defiance of the 40’s and the glamour of the 50’s enjoy the Big Band sounds across the Showground.

  • The Vintage Singer at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show
    © The Vintage Singer
    The Vintage Singer

    Award-winning Singer Jess has performed on International stages such as the European Jazz Expo and Porretta Soul Festival. With her smooth and smokey vocals she pays homage to the first ladies of Jazz performing classics by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holida, Julie London and Nina Simone.

  • The Femmes dressed to impress with a microphone
    Gabriel Mokake CAHOOTS
    The Femmes

    Oozing with Golden Age Hollywood Glamour, this trio of starlets whisk the glory of the 1940s to today. With more fizz than a glass of champagne, The Femmes will ensure you jump and jive the day away!

  •  Pretty Me Vintage at Duxford Air Shows
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    Pretty Me Vintage

    Pretty Me Vintage will be on hand to powder and preen. Get the 40's style that everyone will be wanting at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.

     

    On the day, timed appointments only. Visit early in the day to secure your booking, no shows will be offered to others.

Family Fun Space

Children with activities at Duxford Air Festival
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Family Fun Space

Especially for our younger history lovers, join the party with classic story telling and creative arts and crafts. Feeling brave? Join our hairy, scaly and slippery friends from Zoolab as they experience the show for the first time. Then explore our award-winning museum, exhibitions and hangars all included in adult standard ticket prices -  children aged 15 and under go free!

Family friendly activities

  • UP AN' AT 'EM! HISTORY Re-actor with boy in front of a Spitfire
    UP AN' AT 'EM! HISTORY
    UP AN' AT 'EM! HISTORY

    Hands-on History for Everyone! Join in free, family inspired talks about the aircraft and people that took part in the Battle of Britain.  Great for kids and adults alike.

  • Animals from ZooLab with logo
    ZooLab
    ZooLab

    Get up close with real live exotic animals as we learn all about how, when and where animals have been involved in War.

     

    There’s an exciting host of animals to meet including Snakes, Snails and Tarantulas to name a few, all with a fascinating story to link them to Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Weekend.

Warbird & Aviation Fans

Hurricanes on the flightline walk at Duxford Air Shows
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Warbird & Aviation Fans

We're introducing new areas especially for our enthusiast fans. Ground Running Engines will showcase engines removed from the air craft to see their magnificent mechanics up close.  And we'll be creating a dedicated Static Aircraft outdoor area to showcase aircraft not featured in the air show, to enjoy the beauty of the collections we have to offer all year round. 

The ultimate aviation lovers experience? Get your advance ticket to the Flightline Experience and get up close to the aircraft taking to the skies.

Market Square

IWM Shop marquee
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Market Square

Treat yourself to some antique books, vintage sweets, something from one of our preloved clothing stalls, handmade jewellery or a taster from a master distiller. Explore our Market Square and enjoy the mix of stalls and sellers carefully selected for you, including IWM pop up stalls across the showground.

Duxford Air Shows

The Ops Block: Battle of Britain

Duxford Air Shows

The Ops Block: Battle of Britain

During Battle of Britain Air Show
IWM Duxford
Be one of the first to explore the new Ops Block at IWM Duxford - extended and upgraded in time for the 80th anniversary Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show. Only Ops Block experience ticket holders will have access on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September. 
Interior of the Sector 'G' Operations Room at Duxford, Cambridgeshire. The callsigns of fighter squadrons controlled by this Sector can be seen on the wall behind the operator sitting third from left. The Controller is sitting fifth from the left, and on the extreme right, behind the Army Liaison Officer, are the R/T operators in direct touch with the aircraft.

Experience our Finest Hour

Experience our Finest Hour

Be part of the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show. Strictly limited tickets available.