Vintage Gliding Club Rally 2023

VGC International Rally 2023
29th Jul – 6th Aug 2023 Aston Down Airfield, Gloucestershire, UK

Come and join the fun

Come and join over 100 pilots and gliders from across Europe as we get together and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Vintage Gliding Club, which is this year hosted in the UK. Held at Aston Down in the heart of the Cotswolds, the event promises to deliver a fantastic week of gliding and socialising for all involved.


The Cotswolds

The jewel in the crown of the British countryside, the Cotswolds covers nearly 800 square miles and covers many English counties including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Famed for its picturesque villages and pretty market towns, it has been at the centre of British history from Roman times. 

With golden Jurassic Limestone building and crossed by more than 5000 kilometres of bridleways and footpaths, its rich landscape contains meadows, woodlands, hills and lakes, making it a popular tourist destination. 


The Cotswolds has been awarded international recognition through five European Special Areas of Conservation, three national nature reserves and more than 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest masking it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cotswold Gliding Club Aston Down

Home to Cotswold Gliding Club and the University West of England Gliding Club

What to expect

  • Winch & Aerotow
  • Bookable Hangarage (Upto 20 Gliders)
  • Cafe/Bar providing breakfast, lunch & evening meals
  • Camping & Caravan facilities with electric hook-up
  • Hotels and Guest Houses available locally >
  • Founded in 1964
  • 150 members, 75 gliders
  • 70 Hectare Airfield
  • 1450m & 950m Hard & Grass Runways
  • Clubhouse with Toilets & Shower Facilities

Gliding in the cotswolds

One of the best thermal soaring areas in the UK

Our large 70 hectare gliding site with a 1500m main runway offers an excellent location to maximise your soaring in the UK.

Our high winch launches make it easy to contact the abundant thermals that rise from the well-drained Cotswold soil, providing superb soaring conditions for most of the day.

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Aston Down during our hot summer