Flywheel Festival 2017

Date: 24 June, 2017

Location: Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX27 8AL

Craving a bit of nostalgia? Flywheel Festival (24th June-25th June) is held at the country's best-preserved Second World War bomber station, Bicester Heritage. Filled with historic motorsport, aviation and military vehicles in a restored setting – it is the perfect family day out.

Where else could you ride in an armoured tank, view the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire (24th) or Dakota (25th) air displays and browse a Vintage Trade Fair all in one day?

More than 12,000 people are expected to descend on the Oxfordshire site for the exciting weekend, here’s a peek at some of the activities and events on offer…

Flywheel announces inaugural Footman James Cup

At Flywheel we will be launching the Footman James Cup. The Footman James Cup presents an opportunity for the public to vote for the winner of the most exceptional car in the paddock during the festival. Voting opens on Friday 2nd June and you will be able to choose your favourite car from the shortlist on our website. Those that vote will be eligible to enter a prize draw.

The winner of the prize draw will be given a free family ticket to Flywheel and a special passenger ride in either a classic Jaguar E-Type, Ford Mustang or Porsche 911 – courtesy of U Drive Cars. 

We are looking forward to seeing the entries. We hope that it will capture the imagination of the public and will encourage enthusiasts to get involved and have some fun.

Under the hammer

On Saturday 24th from 12-4pm there will be a classic vehicle sale, from official Bicester Heritage Auction Partner, Brightwells. There will be a free preview of vehicles from 9am-7pm on Friday 23rd before the sale.

To enter the auction, you must order a catalogue in advance with your tickets. This is £10 and permits entry for two people – however, if you chose to purchase your catalogue on the day it will cost £20.

Fun Fair

Of course it wouldn’t be Flywheel without the traditional attractions being present! There will be an array of fun fair entertainment, including the very exciting 'Grandaddy of all Motorcycle Stunt Shows', the Demon Drome Wall of Death, with its classic Indian motorbikes. Definitely something you don’t want to miss!


There will also be a wealth of military re-enactments, such as the Bicester Home Guard patrolling round the grounds, Chalk Living History will also demonstrate what life was like in a Glider Pilot Regiment. Also there will be a brand-new addition – this year there will be ‘Emma Gees’ from the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association Displays who will be a showcasing a WW2 air landing unit.

In tune with the times

As always, the live music marquee at Flywheel will be taking listeners back to the 20s/30s from a plethora of live music and talented musicians. On both the Saturday and Sunday there will be performances from the Candy Girls and Perfect Vintage. The FB Pocket Orchestra will return for the 2017 event playing jazz, blues, ragtime & popular songs from the World Wars on Sunday 25th June.

Tickets and further information

You can purchase advanced tickets online which cost £23 for adults and £7 for children. If you chose to buy your ticket on the day it will cost £28 for adults and £8 for children, respectively.

Parking is free if you are a ticket holder. However, visitors that arrive in a pre-1970 vehicle are welcomed to book a free display parking space located within the event (subject to availability). If you would like to display your vehicle, add your free display parking pass to your ticket selection when booking online.