Trial Lessons

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

Your Trial Lesson will involve flying with one of our experienced instructors in one of our dual control two-seat gliders. Once airborne, your instructor will demonstrate the basic controls and then will offer you a chance to have a go… and away you go!

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, with the right instructor and suitable conditions, you have the opportunity to experience aerobatics. Feel the adrenaline race through you as your glider performs a loop or chandelle.

Sounding good? Purchase a Bannerdown Gliding Club Trial Lesson today – They make ideal presents for friends and family, or a great way to treat yourself!

If you would like a trial lesson voucher as a gift you can buy one from our shop.

Shopping Basket

If you would like to book a trial lesson please use this tool.
Please arrive during your chosen time slot. We aim to get you flying as soon as possible but have to be flexible around club operations.

See Online Booking Page

Alternatively, you can turn up at the airfield and we can try and fit you in – we recommend you contact us first to check that we are flying.

Group Evenings

During the summer, Bannerdown Gliding Club can organise an entire evening of Trial Lessons for groups of 10 or more. Be it a birthday treat, office outing or just for fun, a group evening at Bannerdown Gliding Club is a great way to spend a summers evening with your friends or colleagues!

To organise an ‘Evening Group Flying’ event, please email

After your Trial Lesson

So, you really enjoyed your Trial Lesson and want to get stuck in? As part of the Trial Lesson, you receive one months membership for free – allowing you to come back and fly with us again at a reduced rate!

Why not become a member and learn to fly solo? (and more!). Bannerdown Gliding Club is a member of the British Gliding Association (BGA) and so we follow the BGA Training 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.

There are plenty of opportunities to take your flying further. You won’t be rushed, but encouraged to improve and learn new skills. With training and guidance from our range of instructors there are opportunities to achieve Bronze Awards, Silver Awards, Cross Country experience and even Competition flying!