Public Visitors


Welcome to The Yorkshire Gliding Club! We have been flying gliders from our site at Sutton Bank since 1934. The Club was formed by a group of pioneering aviators, including several famous names. You can read all about our fascinating history at the history page. Today, the Club is dedicated to advancing the sport of gliding through the provision of high-quality flight training and facilities, affirming our position as the best soaring club in the North of England.

While we welcome visits by the public, please remember we are a very active airfield and therefore please approach our site via official entrances/exits only, remain within the marked safe areas and keep children and dogs under close control. Public opening hours are 10:00 until 16:00 hours, outside of these times our site is members only access. There are no public rights of way across our airfield.

Our facilities

The Club is open seven days a week throughout the year and we fly everyday the weather permits. The Club operates a modern and well equipped fleet of gliders. 

A team effort

Like other gliding clubs in the UK our Club is run mainly by volunteer members. Keeping the club running like a well-oiled machine requires a substantial team effort! This teamwork adds to the social aspects of the flying experience and newcomers quickly meet and learn lots from other more experienced members. As one of the larger clubs in the UK, we also have a small professional operations staff, with instruction being provided free by our team of fully qualified instructors. The pupil only pays for the aerotow or winch launch and the flying time in the aircraft.


Formal restrictions on the Club's activities have ended now; however we ask everyone to consider the following advice: