Aviation in the Cotswolds


Are you thinking of coming to the Cotswolds to see the world famous red arrows dart around the sky, or get up close and personal with military aircraft at the  Royal International Air Tattoo this July?

If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, or you are attending but haven’t arranged your accommodation, then why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our amazing self-catering lodges in the Cotswolds Water Park.  They are conveniently located close to RAF Fairford and offer luxury accommodation and a wide range of activities and facilities that the entire family can enjoy, especially if not everyone is an aviation fan.

Why not take a look at our special offers page and get yourself some discounted accommodation for the event? Or give our team a call on 01285 861 839.

What else could you do in the Cotswolds?

Whether visiting for RIAT or if you’re coming later over the Summer there are plenty of places to visit in the Cotswolds if planes and flying are your thing.

Visit the Cotswold Airport

Whether you’re a general aviation pilot or just enjoy watching the planes land and take off, the Cotswold Airport is a great place to visit for all ages. The AV8 restaurant is open daily and welcomes everyone with a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Go to the Jet Museum

With free entry and free parking, the Jet Age Museum is suitable for all ages and is open every Saturday and Sunday. The volunteers who run the museum, some of which who flew in the aircrafts that are on display, are around to talk about the exhibits, show you around the cockpits and generally share their passion and knowledge for Gloucestershire’s rich aviation heritage.

Experience flying in a Microlight at Kemble Flying Club

You can experience the thrill of flying in a microlight aircraft during your stay in the Cotswolds at Kemble Flying Club. Whatever your flight duration you will get breathtaking views of the River Severn, Brecon Beacons to the west and the Malvern Hills to the north.

Get a trial Gliding Lesson at Cotswold Gliding Club

Trial lessons at the Cotswold Gliding Club are a brilliant introduction to gliding and is ideal for almost anyone as well as a one-off gift. What better place is there to trial gliding than over this area of outstanding natural beauty?

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection

If you’re more of a motorhead, you’ll love the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection. With collections of cars, motorbikes, caravans, toys and memorabilia on display, you can learn all about the history of motoring and the impact these modes of transport have had on the world today.

Activities Further Afield

Hot Air Balloon Experiences

If it’s taking to the sky that excites you, why not go on a hot air balloon ride? Local businesses like Bailey Balloons offer general balloon flight vouchers and are also currently offering the opportunity to be part of the mass ascent at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta from 8th – 11th August.

Concord Museum in Bristol

The Concord Museum in Bristol is a super day out for all of the family. See travel through the decades and interact with amazing exhibits including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more. This year also marks 50 years since the Concorde’s maiden flight which you can see here in the museum.

Do you need accommodation in the Cotswolds?

Have a look around our website to see what properties we have available during your chosen dates, or give out team a call on 01285 861 839 and we will be happy to help.

Red Arrows in the Cotswolds

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