By / 15th May, 2018 / General / No Comments

Located in the magnificent Marches near the border between England and Wales, Shobdon Airfield is the only licenced airfield in Herefordshire and has been the home of Herefordshire Aero Club for more than 55 years.

Formerly known as the Pembridge Landing Ground, the airfield has been in operation since 1941 with a fascinating wartime history when it was the base for No.5 Glider Training School.

The Airfield held a business event on Saturday to which Diane and I were invited to attend. We were greeted by Philip Edwards the manager of the Airfield. Following the business networking, we were given a tour around the airfield which included watching a plane lesson with a visitor.

We were provided with a substantial buffet lunch after which both of us were very lucky to be taken up in the planes! An experience we will never forget.

With its beautiful surrounding countryside and uncontrolled airspace, the area really is ideal for the flying enthusiast. Whether it’s a short stop for fuel and a bite to eat at the Hotspur Café, or a longer stay on the caravan park and campsite, you couldn’t find a better base for exploring this lovely county and its local natural wonders.

Herefordshire Aero Club and the Hotspur Café are open seven days a week throughout the year with a warm welcome for visitors arriving by air or by road. With a wide range of activities involving fixed-wing aircraft, microlights, gliders and helicopters, there is usually something to see.

For anyone who has not already experienced the thrill of flying for themselves, Herefordshire Aero Club has a fully trained team of enthusiastic instructors available to take you up, up and away for a trial lesson in one of our club aircraft.

Moving forward from the trial flight Herefordshire Aero Club offers a range of flight training courses
to get you airborne, be it for pleasure or as a starting point for a career in aviation.

We had a wonderful day out and would recommend it to anyone who is in the Herefordshire area.

 

On the weekend of the 30th June and 1st July Shobdon are holding their annual Food and Flying Festival. This is well worth a visit on either day (or both) with cooking demonstrations, flying displays, food and craft exhibitors and live music. Something for everyone.

Alice Charles