The Freedom of the Skies

Come along to visit us on a Saturday or Sunday during the spring or summer, the family are welcome, too.


It's fun even just to watch the gliders being launched, and to spot them high in the sky. If you want to give it a try, you could book a trial lesson, or take a chance we could fit you in.


We're always keen to share our enthusiasm, and of course, the delights of flying.


Group visits are also welcome by arrangement.

Visitors' Day May 2015

Many thanks to all those who came along to enjoy the day. Hope you had a great time.


If you lost a bangle during the day, please contact our office.





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What's it like?

Gliding is the ultimate pure silent flying experience. An exhilarating, dynamic and rewarding sport, gliding is very affordable and open to people of all ages – you can fly solo on your 16th birthday and there is no upper age limit!


There are no limits to gliding – using the same natural power of rising air currents as birds do, you can fly hundreds of miles at speeds of up to 170mph at heights of up to 40,000ft!


A short flight is a highly memorable experience as you are launched high into the sky to fly silently over the Suffolk countryside. But it doesn’t have to end there – many choose to continue their gliding adventure and go onto fly solo, we have a fixed price deal to 'get solo' – and even cross country.


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Trial Lessons

A trial lesson makes a brilliant gift for any occasion, a day to remember.


It's not expensive, you have a choice of three levels, including the mile high flight.


You will fly with an experienced instructor and following a briefing and take off, you can even try handling the controls yourself.

Special Deal for PPLs

If you’re a power pilot, holding a PPL, NPPL or better (ATPLs welcome as well!), then we have two special deals for you. Even if your licence has lapsed recently we might be able to craft a deal for you.


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Try it !

If you ever dreamed of learning to fly, this is your opportunity. Gliding is an inexpensive way to learn to fly and soar like a bird. Essex Gliding Club is a small, friendly club operating from our superb airfield at Ridgewell, on the Essex Suffolk borders.

We were delighted to see so many visitors Saturday 30th May 2015 for a short taster flight, we hope you enjoyed the day.

We operate Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Ridgewell Airfield on days during the summer months whenever the weather is good enough to fly. Click here for downloadable leaflet.

Visitors and Safety

While flying is in progress access has to be restricted but visitors are welcome. However, there are no public rights of way on the airfield.


People wishing to have access for other recreational activities than gliding, that do not conflict with gliding operations, cause annoyance to our neighbours or breach our Planning Permission, are very welcome, and are invited to join the club as social members.


Ridgewell is licensed only for gliders and a nominated tug aircraft.


NO OTHER LANDINGS ARE ALLOWED, except in emergencies..