Ever dreamed of flying? Imagine the freedom of the sky.


A flight in a glider is an exciting, unforgettable experience and makes for a great, long lasting birthday, anniversary or retirement present.


Gift vouchers can be dated for a special occasion and the whole family can enjoy the day out. Alternatively you may choose to visit in the chance that a flight may be available however, it's better to let us know you are coming. We operate most Wednesdays and

weekends depending on the weather. Visitors and tourists are always welcome.


During the flight your instructor will show you how to fly straight and level, how to turn the glider, then you will be allowed to try the controls yourself.


Our gliding vouchers have a two year from issue use by date, simply purchase your voucher and contact us via this website to discuss when you would like to use your voucher and start flying! 

Vouchers are not transferable and cancellation of a purchased voucher is normally subject to a 25% administration charge deducted from the price of the purchased voucher. We welcome enquiries so that we may answer any questions before purchase, just telephone us or e-mail us using the contact form found at the bottom of the Home Page on this web site.

We look forward to meeting you at our club and sharing the gliding adventure with you!

Please note we can only carry passengers of maximum weight: 242 lbs or 109.7 kg - Approximately 6ft 2 ins tall or 189 cm.

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Gliding vouchers make great gifts, choose between our

Bronze, Silver & Gold vouchers below 

Sent: 28 August 2016 18:42
To: Bernard Parry
Subject: Re: Glider Trip


''Thank you to you and all your colleagues - a simply wonderful afternoon .  I had a fantastic time and my family enjoyed the wonderful welcome they were given by everyone at the airfield.  Thank you !


Pamela Amos''

Silver voucher – flown on Sun 28th Aug 2016

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Happy Passenger! - Keith Horseman After A Trial Lesson In A Glider At Essex Gliding Club

To: Bernard; Keith Horseman
Subject: Gliding Experience Saturday 27th August 2016


''Hi Bernard


What can I say about my Gliding Experience at your flying club on Saturday 27th August 2016.


I was very much looking forward to it and it was something that I always wanted to do, so thanks to my brother Michael and his family in Denmark, they made it possible for me as a 60th Birthday present this year.


What an experience it was and something I will never forget and that is due to Brian my pilot for the flight and all your members that were there on the day, who made me feel so welcome and what a friendly atmosphere it was, they were all very helpful and kind, to the point that I would definitely book another flight with your club in the future.

So can you please on behalf of my brother and me, thank all your members who looked after me on the day and made it a truly great experience.

Also please find attached some pictures that I took on the day for you to keep and show your members.

Can I also at this point take the opportunity of thanking you for organizing the whole thing for me.


Kind regards



Silver voucher flown Sat 27th Aug 2016, with Brian Murphy.

Sportmobility visit Essex Gliding Club in June 2018

SportabilityUK visited us again on the 13th June 2018 for some pleasure flying.  Photographs by Steve Rhenius

"They are all so good to us at Ashen."


" I had such an awesome time, meeting wonderful people and what an experience Gliding with professional pilot sharing

their skills which enabled me to have the controls to fly 😊"


"Was a fantastic day"


"We had an amazing day, thank you so much to everyone. Still can’t believe I was upside down in the air lol."

Sportability - Gliding Visit

''Hi Dave,


First, many thanks to you, Hugh and the crew for another fantastic day of flying on Wednesday.  Everyone who participated had a really impressive experience and I think you've sparked a lot of interest in a couple of the guys in taking this further.


So, a big 'thank you' to everyone involved for their energy, enthusiasm and commitment.


We are very familiar with Shenington Gliding Club as we work with them on a regular basis, but I will pass on the information to Dan Wilson as he is one of the guys who wants to continue the experience.


On that note, we would also like to try and get another date in the diary perhaps towards the end of September or the first week of October.  If you could get back to me on that then we'll make a firm booking.


See below an e-mail from Tim's mother with her reflections on the day.  As you will see an all round positive experience''.



"Hi David and Team


Thank you all, yet again, for the gliding opportunity on Wednesday at Ashen.  It was a lovely day and Tim really enjoyed his longest glider flight to date, despite conditions being a little bumpy - all part of the fun!   As always we enjoyed meeting David and the others.  It's good to be seeing familiar faces as well as the new ones.  Tim had a good chat with one of the young men.  He doesn't often get to spend time with men of around his own age.  The flying club were so helpful and handled the transfers so efficiently that it seemed easy.  Thank you!


Best wishes





Thanks and kind regards,



David Heard 

Chief Executive 







Registered Charity No. 328325

During June 2017 we held another Sportability event, inviting disabled people to come and try gliding. Here is a lovely message from one of those visitors from Sportability....

Glider Flying

I have just returned home from a fantastic two flight experience via the sportability day that was arranged with you.The pilots and all members of the Essex Glider Club were so helpful, especially as it took three people to get me out of the cockpit ! Your efforts are greatly appreciated , I assure you. I wish all at the club well and to keep flying safely. Thank you once again.

Maurice (Mo)


Wire Launch £39.00

Aerobatics Experience! £295.00

Bronze Aero Tow £95.00

Silver Aero Tow £145.00

Gold Aero Tow £275.00

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Essex Gliding Club

c/o Breckenridge

Smiths Court

Thornwood, Essex

CM16 6BD

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Ridgewell Airfield

Ashen Road




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