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Trial Lessons & Group Evenings

Trial Lessons

Bannerdown Gliding Cub provides trial lesson for all ages. You will be surprised how easy it is and if you can ride a bike, then you can learn to fly a glider!

Start by flying, with one of our experienced instructors, in one of the three dual control two-seat gliders we have. Once you are airborne your instructor will demonstrate the basics, then offer you the controls - and away you go.

With suitable conditions and if you are feeling particularly adventurous your instructor may treat you to the unique experience of glider aerobatics. Feel the adrenaline race through you and impress your friends as the glider performs a loop or chandelle.

Know someone who would like to try it?

Purchase a Bannerdown Gliding Club Trial Lesson Gift Voucher. They make ideal presents for family or friends!

Group Evenings

During the summer Bannerdown Gliding Club can organise an entire evenings Trial Lesson flying for groups of 10 or more. Be it a birthday treat, office gathering or just for fun 'Evening Group Flying' at Bannerdown Gliding Club has to be the best way you can spend a summers evening with your friends or colleagues!


You can book a trial lesson online now using the 'Book a Trial Lesson' link. If you would like a trial lesson voucher as a gift, please contact We do need at least 7 days notice to enable us to get the voucher to you. Alternatively you could turn up at the airfield, your name will be added to the flying list - we recommend you contact us first to check that we are flying.

To organise an 'Evening Group Flying' event, please email

After your Trial Lesson

So you really enjoyed your Trial Lesson, why not become a member and learn to fly solo? When you purchase a Trial Lessson, you receive one months membership free - allowing you to fly again and again at a reduced rate.

We think you'll love it - and become a member of Bannerdown Gliding Club. As a member of the British Gliding Association (BGA), Bannerdown's instructors follow the BGA Syllabus. You will have a Pilot Progress Card enabling our instructors to ensure you are taught everything you need to know - in the air and on the ground.

Our instructors can take you from first flight to solo and on through Bronze, Cross County, Silver, Competition and Expedition Mountain Soaring. You won't be rushed - but encouraged to improve and learn new skills.

Pre-Flight Briefing
K21 Glider Controls explained
Another Happy Student
K21 ready to launch