Gliding in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire
Our gliding club is located next to the Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire borders and is the ideal place to come to experience the thrill of gliding. Nestled away in the countryside on top of the Berkshire downs ridge , the site enjoys excellent soaring from thermals and the ridge itself. See the club information page for more information.
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION (updated 18/5/2020)
Unfortunately, although lockdown regulations now permit private aviation, we do not expect to recommence operations before 30th May, and social distancing rules still only allow for solo flying.
We are therefore not yet able to offer Trial Lessons. Please contact us for advice before purchasing a voucher, or if you have a voucher which you were hoping to use in the near future.
For the time being, the club is open only to club members. Please do not come to the airfield.
- Flight time: up to 30 minutes
- Number of flights: 1
- If the first flight is short a second flight will be given
- Flight time: up to 15 minutes
- Number of flights: 1
- This single flight is available at the airfield on the day
Gliding Vouchers – an ideal gift!
Gliding gift vouchers for our 30 min trial lesson and our half day trial lessons are available for purchase online or by post: please see the payment options below. The single flight option at £45 is available at the airfield on the day by cash payment.
The voucher will be posted to you, normally to your card/PayPal address (this can be changed in the message section of the purchase process). Please allow five working days for delivery. The voucher is valid for a year; we recommend you book by email or phone 01488 504966 when you wish to redeem your voucher.
To Redeem Gliding Gift Vouchers
If you have a Shalbourne Gliding (Shalbourne Soaring Society) or BGA Voucher and want to book a trial lesson at Shalbourne, please email or phone 01488 504966. Booking is recommended, but you are also welcome to just turn up at a weekend; we are usually able to provide a lesson at short notice.
Online using Paypal
We use Paypal as our online payment processor. If you don’t have a PayPal account you will be offered the option of entering your credit or debit card details.
Send a cheque or postal order made out to “Shalbourne Soaring Society” and post to Gliding Vouchers, The Dell House, Charmwood Close, Newbury RG14 1XA. If the voucher is to be personalised please include the name of the recipient with your order.
1) There is an upper weight limit of 16st (103kg); if taller than 6’4″ (195cm) please call or email for advice.
2) Throughout the summer months bookable slots are generally fully booked 6 weeks ahead.
3) Our gliding gift vouchers are redeemable only at Rivar Hill airfield. Please read all of the information on this page before making a purchase.
Trial Lesson Voucher – £80
A flight of approximately 30 minutes, or two flights if the first is short.