Learning to Glide

& why The Gliding Centre is a great choice

Let the dream of learning to fly become a reality at The Gliding Centre.


Our modern high performance glider fleet, with both winch and aerotow facilities, and our team of highly experienced gliding instructors combine to allow you to progress safely and rapidly through the British Gliding Association training syllabus.

Our Covid-19 Precautions

We are taking the current situation very seriously for everyone that visits the club. We're closely following the government recommendations in addition to our own sports best practices specific to flying and gliding.

We practice social distancing at the club with logs of visitors for contact tracing as well as sanitising our gliders and using face shields / masks.

Our courses are tailored to your specific needs, whether you’re brand new to gliding, an experienced pilot looking to develop advanced skills, or anywhere in between. 

Most people start Gliding after a trial flight or short course then become members, as a member all instruction is free. We structure courses to keep a very low student to instructor ratio to ensure that each student makes the best progress possible during their course. Typically we operate with no more than two students per instructor throughout the course. This means you can expect to make quick and safe progress throughout the whole course.

Choosing the right way to start or continue your Gliding can be difficult – please call us to discuss what’s best for you. Our friendly Team have helped hundreds of pilotsget started and can recommend the most efficient and cost effective start for you!

1 Day Courses

You can start  learning to fly the gliders and experience a whole day on the airfield.

5 Day Courses

 A great way to kick start your Glider training and understanding of where and how we fly. 

2 Day Courses

For a more in depth start to your gliding we also offer 2 day courses.

Evening Courses

Learn Gliding in the evenings or after work. We fly until sunset on Wednesdays and Thursdays from May to September.

The Challenge

Finding a club that provides all the things that a budding pilot needs can be a daunting task, at the Gliding Centre we’ve worked hard over 65 years to gather together everything that you need to go Solo and far beyond. 

Our Solution

With over 50 years of club history and arguably the best resources in the country we can help you take to the skies in one of our high performance modern gliders. From May to October we have full time BGA instructors on our staff, dedicated to running courses and helping you to go Solo.

The Gliding Centre in Numbers

Flying Members

Associate Members

Modern Club Gliders

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Club Instructors

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Pupils per Instructor on avg,

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Feet of Airspace Overhead

Let us take you to the clouds..

...then show us how far you can go!