Learning to Glide

& why The Gliding Centre is a great choice

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 retain a BGA instructor 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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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 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. Whether you’re looking for a one-day intensive, or a five-day holiday, we can cater for your needs.

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.

On our new starter courses, right from the beginning you’re likely to be starting to control the glider at appropriate points in the flight. In the care of one of our highly experienced BGA-rated gliding instructors you will progress through well-structured briefings and flights designed to maximize your learning and fun.

Let us take you to the clouds..

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