And if you’d’ like to create your own package, maybe fly away and land at another airfield, we can do that too! Call us to discuss your requirements and we’ll put together a package especially for you.
In the 17th century the village of Shobdon was run by the Bateman family (hence the Bateman Arms). They were living in Shobdon Court. Shobdon is famous for its church (St John the Evangelist) located north of the village.
For Fliers: Browse the incredible collection of static aircraft and helicopters and watch dozens of interesting arrivals from around the country throughout the weekend. Why not find out if flying is the hobby for you by taking a light aircraft or helicopter trial flight over beautiful Herefordshire countryside? Enjoy talks and demonstrations on various aspects of aviation. Click here for a full list of aviation attractions with more added regularly.
Shobdon Church is a hugely important work of architecture. It has a direct connection to Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill in Twickenham and the members of the “Committee of Taste” which strongly influenced its design. Its amazingly intact interior and matching furniture are the sole example of this Walpolean Gothick style of Georgian church architecture and furnishing.
To visit the church using sat nav, enter postcode HR6 9LZ but nearer to Shobdon Village, follow signs in order to avoid a private drive and barrier.
Shobdon is a small village in Herefordshire, England, situated 15 miles north of Hereford and six miles west of Leominster. It is 2 miles southwest of the Mortimer's Cross. According to the 2001 Census, the population of the parish of Shobdon was 769, consisting of 386 males and 383 females. The population had increased to 816 by the time of the 2011 Census.
Shobdon started as a British Army camp. It acted as a reception point for casualties received from Southampton being distributed to local hospitals. With a depot railway station developed on the Leominster and Kington Railway, its first casualties arrived after the Battle of Dunkirk.
And no – you don’t need a leather jacket and Biggles hat! Just wear comfy casual clothes and bring a warm jacket in the winter Book online today and we’ll send you your voucher to use whenever you are ready to take to the skies
Welcome to the web site of the Shobdon Church Preservation Trust, protecting the fabric of this building of national importance for future generations.
For more on the history of Shobdon Airfield, click here
Using the tabs at the top of the page, you can see photos from recent Shobdon Food & Flying Festivals, see our ever-updating lists of exhibitors and attractions and keep up to date with our plans for 2015. Be sure to check back regularly for updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news. If you are an exhibitor interested in attending in 2016, our online application process will open again in October.
For Foodies: Sample and buy from over seventy of the very best food and drink producers from Herefordshire and the surrounding counties including succulent local meats, breads and cheeses as well as ice-cream, confectionery, cakes and much, much more. Sample award-winning local ciders, wines and ales brewed within just a few miles of our showground and enjoy incredible flavours from around the world. Click here for a full list of exhibitors with more added regularly.
Shobdon Aerodrome (ICAO: EGBS) is an airport 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) west of Leominster, Herefordshire, England.
In 1943, RAF No. 1 Glider Training School moved from RAF Thame to Shobdon, enabling an increase in training of glider pilots in preparation for Normandy and Arnhem landings.
At the western end of the village is Pearl Lake caravan park, which has a number of permanent caravans as well as access for tourers. This is situated adjacent to Pearl Lake, the largest natural body of water in Herefordshire.
It is operated by Herefordshire Aero Club who provide light aircraft flight training together with aircraft storage and maintenance services.
The perfect present for someone who has everything! Or, if you’re interested in learning to fly and want to find our more – we have a trial flight option that’s just right for you.
Our two-seater Cessna 152 fleet. These high wing aircraft offer an amazing view of the ground below .They’re a tried and tested traditional ‘starter’ aircraft for student pilots – and if the trial flight is just for one person – go for the Cessna 152. Our PA28 is a four-seater aircraft – which obviously offers more space and comfort and can take up to three passengers on a trial lesson.
For more on the history of the Shobdon Food Festival, click here
The Shobdon Food & Flying Festival is sponsored by Bestparks Country Holiday Parks whose Pearl Lake Park is just half a mile from our showground. We are very grateful for their continued help and support. Learn more about them here.
To the south is situated Shobdon Aerodrome, formerly a World War II RAF glider training facility, now used for commercial and recreational helicopter flying fixed wing power flying  and glider flying. Shobdon Aerodrome was constructed in 1942. In operation it was only used as a glider training base. Pilots who trained here took part in both the Normandy landings and Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in the Netherlands.
The camp was developed further by the United States Army from 1943, to act as a distribution point for two locally developed general hospitals. They also added a runway in co-operation with the Royal Air Force, but due to the marshy land only one runway was developed.
Shobdon Aerodrome has a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Ordinary Licence (Number P779) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Herefordshire Aero Club Limited). It is frequently used by air taxi services to Europe.
The temperature is usually between −0.3 °C (31.5 °F) and 23.2 °C (73.8 °F).
You will start with a short briefing and introduction to the safety checks and controls – and then take to the skies – 30 minutes brakes off to brakes on! C152 £79 or PA28 £99
Shobdon Church is open from 9.00am to 6.00 pm in Summer and until dark in Winter. If you would like to come later, please ring on 01568 708364.
A 60 minute flight will give you time to go a little further afield and to complete Exercises 2 (briefing), 3 (air experience) and 4(effects of controls) from the private pilot’s course. C152 £154 or PA28 £189
Other air sports facilities based at Shobdon Airfield are:
From 1963 to 1990 Herefordshire Parachute Club was very active but now parachuting is no longer available at the airfield.
The Shobdon Church Preservation Trust Registered Charity No.1100597 C/O Mrs Penny Corbett, Shobdon Court, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9LZ
Arrive early and enjoy a cuppa and a bite to eat before you fly. You’ll be met by one of our team of instructors who will look after you from the moment you walk out to the aircraft, until you’re delivered safely back to the Clubhouse. Don’t forget your camera – photo opportunities abound! We offer a range of flights, from 30 minutes’ flight in the local area, with time to get your hands on the controls under the guidance of one of our team of experienced instructor.
Every third year Shobdon church hosted a flower festival. This was expanded into an annual food, drink, flower and flying festival which is held on the last weekend in June. The eleventh anniversary Festival was held at Shobdon Airfield on the weekend of 27–28 June 2015.
The RAF Gliding School closed in 1953, when the site was handed to Herefordshire County Council.