Gliding North Devon

Gliding North Devon

Gliding in Devon lets you see the beautiful countryside from an amazingly serene aerial vantage point as you glide through the skies above this quiet South Western corner of the country. The small and friendly North Devonshire aero club offers modern sailplanes to get your gliding dreams off the ground and aims to make you feel part of the team for the entirety of your glider experience.

For the one aerotow flight and the full day gliding experiences this Devonshire club which is one of the oldest established in the county uses modern Blanik and Bergfalke twin-seater gliders that are very easy to control. Before being launched (the club has Piper Super Cruiser a Bellanca Citabria and even a Chipmunk as tug planes!) your instructor will run through the pre-flight checks with you as well giving you a safety briefing on the flight controls and instrument panels of these trainer sailplanes.

Once airborne you’ll soon start to get an aptitude for silent flight…no droning engines no smell of aviation fuel just the whistling sound of the wind as you are gliding effortlessly through the Devon sky. If you are keen to have a go the instructor will hand you the controls so you can fly the glider yourself and if you’re feeling really confident in your newfound winged abilities you can stay in charge for the remainder of the flight!

If you choose to be in the glider for three aerotow flights you can expect to spend most of the day at this friendly Devon club. This gives you the opportunity to really feel like part of the team working together to get a glider into the air – from manoeuvring the gliders on the ground and launch preparation to log keeping and administration you’ll see it all.

All aircraft used for these gliding over Devon days have valid certificates of airworthiness and all instructors are fully qualified and members of the British Gliding Association. For a different birds-eye panorama we also offer other gliding experience venues throughout the UK.

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Vintage Slingsby Glider Experience

Vintage Slingsby Glider Experience

Vintage Slingbsy glider flights – good old fashioned open-cockpit gliding now available! This is your chance to fly in a rare Slingsby T21 glider. The vintage soaring machine is still very much a favourite and it’s a real honour to be able to offer flights in a stunning example of the classic T21.

Known as ‘Daisy’ this T21 was built in 1951. Designed and built in the UK by Slingsby the very first T21s took to the sky in 1944. They were used by RAF Air Cadets for training right up until the 1980s proving that this graceful bird has real staying power. Now many are in the hands of private owners and glider clubs who lovingly preserve these wonderful machines.

These Slingsbys look quite different to modern gliders. Affectionately called ‘The Barge’ it’s easy to say why with that wide flat boat-like hull. Unusually the T21 has a side-by-side configuration compared to most gliders that are tandem with one person sitting behind the other. But the major difference is that this baby is open cockpit. That means you are completely open to the elements making a flight in a vintage Slingsby glider with its 54ft wingspan the nearest you’ll get to being a bird!

Resplendent in her RAF trainer colours Daisy is a magnificent sight in the sky. Loved by RAF cadets (and their instructor trainers) for being robust stable with rather sedate flying qualities the T21 is pure gliding joy. With her distinctive looks Daisy is a real head turner.

Your flight will be a winch-launch giving you around 10-minutes of soaring in the skies above Bicester. Being the elegant lady of a certain age that she is Daisy can only fly in clement weather so please be patient with her. If your booked flying date is cancelled you can choose to rebook or take a flight in one of the club’s modern gliders.

We have to say flying with one of the country’s oldest glider clubs at one of the oldest airfields (RAF Weston-on-the-Green is still an active RAF base too boot) in a classic vintage Slingsby glider is a true delight. Anyone who is into silent flight will absolutely love this experience. Buy your voucher now and book your seat in this historic open-cockpit vintage glider. It’s going to be quite a flight.

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Gliding in Warwickshire

Gliding in Warwickshire

This small and friendly club offers gliding out of Warwickshire’s Bidford Airfield right in the heart of the Vale of Evesham. With easy access from Birmingham Worcester Gloucester Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon it’s an excellent choice of airfield for those wanting to soar in the skies coming from anywhere in the Midlands.

On a clear day your views from the glider can span from the Severn Estuary to the Cotswold Hills. But however far you can see when you go up you will be awestruck by the beauty and silence. What’s more going gliding in Warwickshire is a little different from most…

That’s because these flight vouchers are not for a certain duration but a specific launch height. You’ll be pulled by a tug plane and you can choose to be launched from either 2000ft 3000ft or even a mile (that’s 5280ft!) above the ground. Once you’ve reached your chosen altitude you’ll be released by the plane and you’ll enjoy the delight of silent glider flight. 

Of course what’s rather fascinating when you’re released is that you can find ‘lift’ in certain air conditions. That’s to say you end up gaining height above and beyond the level you were released at so even though you have no motorised power onboard you can go up.

This all means that a 2000ft flight can last around 15 minutes a 3000ft one in the region of 25 minutes and a mile high glide around 35 minutes but it can often be even longer depending on gliding conditions. That’s why we like the fact that this club in Warwickshire goes for altitude rather than time.

As with most training gliders the ones here in Warwickshire are tandem which means the student gets to sit in the front cockpit and the pilot instructor behind. Clearly this means you get the best seat in the house with an unobstructed view of the River Avon Bidford and Evesham below.

You are sure to enjoy the atmosphere of this active owner-operated club for gliding at Warwickshire’s Bidford Airfield. Whilst gaining a deeper understanding of glider flights ground handling and glider launch procedures you get to have a go at the controls too. 

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McLaren 570s Drive with Hotlap

McLaren 570s Drive with Hotlap

Get ready for your McLaren 570S drive! The chance to drive a McLaren 570S should not be taken lightly. This is a wonderful car and one that is pretty rare even amongst the supercar fraternity. Make the most of our McLaren 570 experiences and drive this amazing car for three or six miles.

The McLaren 570S’s specs say it all. It’s a superlative sports car. The name McLaren is synonymous with motoring racing at the highest level. What’s more it’s a British designed and built car having rolled off the very pristine production line at Woking. Well we say production line it’s more like a laboratory where cars are hand-built by highly-skilled technicians.

As well as drop dead gorgeous looks this car has power. Just look at those specs. A 0-100km/h time of just 3.2 seconds. That means you will have gone from standing start to 62mph by the time you read this sentence to this full stop. The McLaren 570S is a mind-bogglingly rapid drive. All that’s possible thanks to the carbon and aluminium body the 3.8l twin turbo V8 engine and the incredible aerodynamics.

McLaren’s obsession with aerodynamics has more than paid off with the 570S. Air intakes galore with sculpted bodywork designed to direct cooling air to the right place and create oodles of downforce help keep this incredible car glued to the road as you drive. And we have to give a special mention to the doors. A work of automotive art in themselves. They are classic McLaren butterfly doors that open upwards and outwards and they’re frameless too. Impressive.

So now you’re actually in the car. Cocooned in the cockpit it is ( apart from the ‘infotainment’ screen) pretty minimalist. You’ll feel instantly engaged with the 570S. Engine burbling away this is the moment of your McLaren test drive. Your chance to see how this seven-speed dual-clutch V8 copes with the track. And we have to say driving the McLaren 570S is a thrill. Pure driving heaven. Not bad for a car dubbed the ‘affordable and practical’ of McLarens by the manufacturers themselves!

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Gliding in Yorkshire

Gliding in Yorkshire

Go gliding in Yorkshire with Burn Gliding Club for the winged experience of a lifetime over the hills and moors! This North Yorkshire centre is situated on an ex-WWII bomber command airfield near Burn outside Selby and offers unparalleled aerial views of the scenic surroundings and a birds-eye perspective of God’s own county. 

What’s more its rural location means that summertime sunshine creates plenty of localised rising currents of air (or thermals) thanks to what the Burn gliding team refers to as the ‘Pennine wave’ giving your glider that extra boost to keep you airborne for even longer. In winter the plumes from the three nearby power stations of Drax Eggborough and Ferrybridge recreate this thermal lift effect even when there’s snow on the ground everywhere else making this a unique setting for gliding.

All glider experience days at this Yorkshire airfield begin with a brief welcome then it’s out to the runways to find out which of the club’s many twin-seater gliders you’ll be flying. With an extensive range of aircraft available including ASK13 ASK21 Janus and Astor twin seat aircraft making up Burn’s expansive glider fleet you’ll be spoiled for choice.

You’ll be shown the various aspects of the sailplane before both you and one of the club’s top-notch instructors climb into the cockpit for your flight. Airtime lasts between 15-30 minutes depending on how many thermals are active to keep you soaring higher and higher. And of course gliding time depends on your release height too with 2000ft 3000ft and the impressive mile-high (that’s 5280ft!) flight options available.

Flying is always an awe-inspiring experience especially when you’re in a sleek graceful aircraft that’s utterly devoid of man-made noise (there’s still the wind whistling around you!). The entire event is a very different set of sensations – a bit like feeling as weightless as a bird on the wing. We could try and describe the feeling but we think you’ll love the chance to discover gliding over Yorkshire’s fields hills and dales of the White Rose county for yourself. 

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Climbing & Abseiling Stirlingshire

Climbing & Abseiling Stirlingshire

Scale the heights when you go climbing in Stirlingshire! We are offering beginners the perfect session to get climbing at this outdoor centre near Gartmore. It’s great value for money and everything you need to climb (and abseil back down again!) is included.

Sitting pretty right on the edge of the Trossachs National Park you’ll find this farm estate that is home to this activity centre and a holiday park. It’s just west of Stirlingshire and offers a huge range of things to do.

You’re going to be here to climb. The centre has a purpose-built climbing tower with various routes of varying levels of difficulty to climb. We have to admit when you first stand at the bottom it looks a long way up to the top but you’ll be surprised how high you can climb when you put your mind to it.

Helping you with your first foray into sport climbing at this Stirlingshire venue is Ross the Boss and his team of instructors. They’re all great fun with all the banter and really good at spurring you on too. Safety is of course paramount so there’s always a briefing before you climb and you’ll be shown how to get into your harness and how to adjust it correctly.

So there you are on the climbing wall. You’re making good progress using your hands and feet to reach for the holds. As you near the top of the wall you realise that once you’re there you have to come back down. That’s when you get to abseil. It takes a bit of guts to begin with but once you’re into the rhythm it feels really good.

Having conquered the wall there should be time for you to take on one last climbing challenge. This Gartmore centre boasts a very special climbing tree. Yep it’s an actual pine tree with actual climbing holds fitted to the trunk. Hold your nerve for this one as the higher you climb the better the views of the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond are!

Start climbing in Stirlingshire at this centre near Gartmore and we’re sure you’ll be hooked on the sport. All the gear you need is included in the price of the voucher and the basecamp has free tea and coffee and a comfy seating area – ideal for sitting back and reflecting on the time you climbed right up a tree!

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