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Gliding Experiences - Lessons & Flights Nationwide

Discover the serenity of silent flight on a glider lesson! Catching thermals and soaring is what flying in a glider is all about. We have a full range of flight durations at glider schools & clubs around the UK, offering winch launches, aerotows and self-launching motorised gliders too. Glider flights FAQs

Nationwide Gliding Experience Voucher
Based On 6 Reviews

Nationwide Locations

Best Seller From £99

    • Voucher valid for glider clubs around the country
    • Enjoy the sensation of silent flight
    • Have a go at the controls during your flight
    • An explanation of glider flight included
Glider lessons in Bedfordshire

Near Dunstable

From £139.00

    • Flights takes place near Dunstable
    • Proactive gliding club with passionate members
    • Three month club membership with all experiences
    • Flights are by aerotow in tandem gliders
Gliding Lessons in Kent
Based On 33 Reviews

Near Ashford

From £115.00

    • Founded in 1930, it's one of the oldest UK clubs
    • Dynamic Gliding club with over 150 active members
    • Go Gliding from nr Ashford over the Kentish Downs
    • Excellent clubhouse with food, rooms and camping
Motor Gliding Experience Days in Oxfordshire
Based On 7 Reviews

Enstone Aerodrome

Save £20 From £69

    • Powered glider flights out of Enstone Airfield
    • Take to the skies in a self-launching motorgliders
    • Side by side configuration rather than tandem
    • Fly over the towns & villages of the Cotswolds
Yorkshire Glider Experience
Based On 2 Reviews

Burn, near Selby

From £95.00

    • Gliding with Burn Gliding Club near Selby
    • Experience the 'Pennine wave'
    • See the very best of 'God's own county' from the air
    • Feeling brave? Try the mile-high glider flight!
Vintage Slingsby Glider Experience

RAF Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire

From £60.00

    • Unique vintage glider flights near Bicester
    • Fly in an open-cockpit 1951 Slingsby T21 glider
    • Operated out of RAF Weston-on-the-Green
    • Enjoy a 10-min winch launch flight
Gliding Experiences over the Black Mountains
Based On 13 Reviews

Powys, Wales

From £125.00

    • Glider flights from Talgarth Airfield in Powys, Wales
    • Aerials of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park
    • Area is renowned for impressive thermals
    • This Welsh airfield is 970ft above sea level
Glider Aerobatics Experience

Ridgewell Airfield, Essex

From £225.00

    • Do aerobatics in a glider!
    • Powerless flight with a unique twist
    • Departing from Ridgewell Airfield nr Sudbury
    • Fly with a glider aerobatics champion
Gliding Experiences Lincolnshire
Based On 5 Reviews

Saltby Airfield, near Grantham

From £55.00

    • Go gliding at Saltby Airfield near Grantham
    • See the Lincolnshire countryside from the air
    • Winch, aerotow & motorised glider flights offered
    • One day glider experience ideal for budding pilots
Glider experience in Buckinghamshire
Based On 8 Reviews

High Wycombe Air Park, Marlow

From £109.00

    • Glider flights at Wycombe Air Park (ex. RAF Booker)
    • Large fleet of sailplanes make up this active club
    • Good range of flight durations available
    • Delightful on site restaurant & bar for spectators
Gliding in Colchester

Wormingford Airfield, Essex

From £59.00

    • Gliding lessons out of Wormingford Airfield, Essex
    • Winch tows to get you airborne over Colchester
    • Easy access from Suffolk and Essex areas
    • Active glider base with 8 gliders in their own fleet
Devon Gliding Experience
Based On 2 Reviews

Eaglescott Airfield, Umberleigh

From £99.00

    • Glide gracefully over North Devon
    • Be towed up to 2000ft before being released
    • Experience the wonders of silent flight in the summer
    • Gliding lessons from Eaglescott Airfield near Umberleigh
Gliding lessons Essex

Ridgewell Airfield, Sudbury

From £95.00

    • Glider flying at Ridgewell Airfield in Essex
    • Lessons based on soar time & release height
    • A small, close-knit team of instructors & members
    • It's gliders only (& the tug!) at this airfield
Gliding in Leicestershire

Husbands Bosworth Airfield, Leics/Northants Border

Save 15% From £49

    • Taster glider flights at Husbands Bosworth in Leics
    • Winch, aerotow or motorised flights available
    • A long-established club with a great atmosphere
    • Aerotows release at 2500ft for extra glide time!
Gliding in North Wales
Based On 15 Reviews

Near Wrexham

From £115.00

    • Winch launches to get you airborne in North Wales
    • Soar over scenic Llandegla Hills on your gliding lesson
    • Perfect choice for 'making a weekend' of it
    • Enjoy 1 x long cruise or 3 x shorter flights
Gliding experiences in Peterborough
Based On 6 Reviews

Crowland Airfield

From £89.00

    • Go gliding from Crowland Airfield nr Peteborough
    • Various flight options inc one mile high!
    • Day course teaches you rigging & launching etc
    • Subject to weather, flying offered all year round
Gliding in Warwickshire
Based On 23 Reviews

Bidford Airfield, near Bidford upon Avon

From £90.00

    • Soar away from Bidford Airfield in Warwickshire
    • Glide over the stunning Vale of Evesham
    • Choose your launch height
    • Just sightsee in the air, or pilot the glider
Gliders experience over Dartmoor
Based On 4 Reviews

Brentor Airfield, Tavistock

From £79.00

    • Gliding club at Brentor Airfield near Tavistock
    • Stunning views of Dartmoor as you glide
    • Day course gives you a total of six glider flights
    • A friendly, professional set up in South Devon
Motorgliding in Devon

Dunkeswell Aerodrome, Honiton

From £89.00

    • Motorised glider flights out of Dunkeswell Airfield
    • Climb under your own power, cut the engine & glide
    • A choice of flight durations offered for you
    • See amazing sights of the Devon & the Jurassic coast

Should I buy this experience?

Who gliding is for

Gliding is a totally unique way to get airborne that should be tried at least once in your life! It’s very different to flying in a light aircraft or a helicopter. After the take-off, the quietness in the cockpit (save of the sound of the wind whistling) is amazing - as are the views.

Who it’s not for

If you’re scared of flying, gliding might not be for you. The take-off can be quite bumpy and winch launches in particular pull the glider at a very steep angle. It's a fantastic aerial challenge to take on though!

Glider lessons FAQs

How much are glider lessons?

It all depends what type of glider flight you book. We have winch launch and aerotow flights that start under £50, all the way through to pilot taster days with multiple flights in one day.

How do glider planes get in the air?

Aerotow - the glider is pulled up by a tug plane using a cable, then released. Winch tow - the glider is taken up by a cable attached to a motorised winch on the airfield, then released. Motorised - the glider uses its own engine to take off, then the engine is switched off.  

How high will the glider go?

For these trial lessons the release heights are as follows: Winch tows 1000ft, aerotows generally between 2000-2500ft and motorised gliders power to around 2500-3000ft.

How fast will I be flying in the glider?

Modern gliders can reach speeds of up to 150mph, but on taster flights you’ll be cruising at something between 50 and 90mph.

What is all this talk of thermals in glider flying about?

Thermals are the holy grail for glider pilots! If the pilot finds a pocket of air that’s rising faster than you are coming down, that’s uplift and you’ll ascend. Catching these bubbles of warm rising air (thermals) give you lift as you circle around gaining height - just like birds with their wings stretched out do. Note that quite often trial lessons avoid thermals as the slow spiralling can set off motion sickness.

How long do glider flights last?

Gliders can easily stay aloft for five hours and go higher than their initial launch height, thanks to thermals. For these beginner lessons you can expect: winch glider flights to last 5-10mins, aerotow glider flights 15-20mins and motorised glider flights are generally around 25-30mins.

What’s the take off like in a glider?

Bumpy. Gliders are on grass runways being pulled by a cable and it get pretty noisy and rattley too. Winch tow take offs are more aggressive than aerotows and motorised gliders, as the angle is more aggressive. But once you’re up there, it’s really peaceful and surprisingly quiet

How old do you have to be to fly a glider?

In the UK you can’t go solo in a glider before the age of 14. Trial lessons minimum ages are usually around 13 years of age due to minimum height (5ft) and weight (45kg), but please refer to each glider lesson page for full details.

What are the height and weight restrictions for gliders?

As well as the minimums of 45kg and 5ft, there are maximums of around 100kg and 6ft2”. These limits can differ according to the type of glider flown, so please check with each lesson listing.

Can I bring a camera?

Some pilot instructors don’t allow anything loose to be in the cockpit during the flight. If you are allowed it must be attached to your via something like a lanyard or wrist band.

Why do I have to wear a parachute when gliding?

For safety and mainly because glider seats are designed to be sat in with a parachute on. The parachute pack weighs about 7kg. You get a full briefing on it all before your flight.

Is it comfortable inside the glider cockpit?

Yes. The seating position is bit like reclining in a bath and you get a great, unobstructed view. And of course there’s no engine noise.Many first time glider flyers comment on how smooth and peaceful it is. It can get hot in there, even on a dull day, so suncream, sunglasses and hat (not baseball cap) are advised.

Where do I sit in the glider?

Training gliders are two-seater tandems. You get the prime seat in the front, with no wing struts or propellor to block your bird’s eye view, whilst your pilot instructor sits behind. In some motorised gliders it’s a side-by-side seat configuration.

Can I fly the glider?

Yes. All the training gliders used for lessons are dual controlled, so if you’re up for it, you can have a go!

Are there glider lessons near me?

Yes! We specialise in glider experiences and have excellent relations with glider clubs and airfields around the UK. So whether you want to soar thermals over the Black Mountains, or want to look down on suburban Surrey from your glider, you can. Here are just some of the places you can glide in the UK:
  • Kent
  • Bedfordshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Croydon
  • Essex
  • Northamptonshire
  • Hampshire
  • Warwickshire
  • Devon
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Wales - Wrexham & Powys

Itching to try silent flight? Book your glider lessons around the UK now!

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