Lakes Charity Classic

Cumbria Soaring Club proudly presents the Lakes Charity Classic
The UK's premier free flying event!

Super conditions at the Grasmere Alcock Tarn take off on Friday 21 June 2019 - Photo by Ed Cleasby

The 2024 Lakes Charity Classic will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 21/22/23 June 2024 in Grasmere - based at the Grasmere Sports showground.

Registration will open on Saturday January 20 at 1800, however priority will be given to CSC members until Saturday January 27. From then, non-members will be considered on a first come first serve basis.

We will be using Airtribune for all registration. Please ensure you have a profile with Airtribune (https://airtribune.com) . Select the links from below to access your event of choice.






What is the Lakes Charity Classic?

The Lakes Charity Classic is an informal paragliding competition held in some of England's most spectacular scenery. If you want to get a flavour of what it's all about then have a look at this Youtube Video - courtesy of gazandwiz

There are 2 competitions

A Competition - This is for more experienced and seasoned pilots holding a minimum of Pilot rating. Any certified wing is permitted; uncertified gliders will not be accepted. Tandems are allowed but with only one named pilot in charge and scoring.

B competition - This is most suitable for less experienced pilots who wish to get the most flying from their day in a spectacularly scenic area. Less demanding, friendly tasks will be set and it is open to pilots with Club Pilot and Pilot ratings flying gliders of ENB/DHV1-2 and below.

We also offer 2 days of coaching as an alternative. If you don't fancy taking part in a competition but fancy some flying in some of the most spectacular scenery in England, then the coaching event gives you a chance to fly with the coaching team from CSC.

The main programme starts early on Friday morning where there will be a briefing before we head off for the flying sites. We aim to get the best out of the day so the tasks will be geared to the conditions. Remember, though, that the Lake District is the wettest place in England. One thing you can be sure of, is that we'll always do our best and will plan other activities to suit the conditions. This is what it looks like on a good day.


The LCC and X-Lakes events 20-23 June 2024 will be live to register for on 20 January at 1800. Be sure you FIRST set up an Airtribune account here https://airtribune.com/welcome/signup

Take note that the comps run Friday and Saturday so arrival is Thursday and a single prize-giving will be held Saturday evening. Depart Sunday and free fly! In the X-lakes details you'll see that the entry fees have come right down AND CSC members now get the same £10 discount that other entrants get. Other entry fees have been frozen at 2023 levels. This "harmonisation" of fees aims to signal that these are ALL now club events and we are one tribe!

Registration links :-

Club members who book the coaching group and A or B comp in the first week get priority.

The 2024 Lakes Charity Classic will be held at the same location as previous years. The site is the Grasmere Sports showground to the west of the A591 and to the east of Grasmere village.


From the South (M6)

Leave the M6 at junction 36 following the signs for Barrow, Kendal A590 (A591). Take the first junction on the left at the roundabout. Now stay on the dual carriage way ignoring all exits until you come to the Plumgarths roundabout north west of Kendal. Then carry straight on at the roundabout following the A591 for Windermere and Ambleside. Keep on this road through Windermere and Ambleside. In Ambleside follow the signs for A591 Keswick. Speeds start to slow down as you approach Ambleside! The approach to Grasmere is marked by a sharp right hand bend, a lake (Grasmere) on the left hand side and the Daffodil Hotel and Spa on your left. Carry on to the mini roundabout just after the hotel; turn right at this roundabout.

From the North (M6)

Leave the M6 and junction 40 following the signs for Penrith, Keswick, Brough A66. At the roundabout take the right hand exit - A66 Workington, Keswick. Stay on the A66 to Keswick for around 12 miles and then turn left on the B5322 Thirlmere. Follow this road for 4 miles until you reach a junction with the A591 Keswick/Ambleside road. Turn left and drive south for about 7 miles. This road will take you alongside Thirlmere, over Dunmail Raise and then down into the Grasmere valley. Ignore the first turning on the right and carry on until you see a mini roundabout. Turn left at this roundabout.

From Mini Roundabout

The entrance to the ground is the first gate on the right. There should be someone waiting to book you in. If the gates are locked, you may have arrived too early. You will need to park in the main car park for the village until we open for business.


There is a camping area and a camper van/caravan area. You will be directed to the right area on arrival. There are facilities on the showground - free showers, toilets and water.

The Grasmere sportsground web site can be found at http://grasmeresports.com/

For Information on Previous Events - Click on the year

2023 Grasmere 16 - 18 June 2023
2022 Grasmere 17 - 19 June 2022
2021 Grasmere 17 - 18 July 2021
2020 Cancelled Cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions
2019 Grasmere 21 - 23 June 2019
2018 Grasmere 13 - 15 July 2018
2017 Grasmere 14 - 17 July 2017
2016 Grasmere 15 - 18 July 2016
2015 Buttermere 29/30 May 2015
2014 Buttermere 30/31 May 2014
2013 Buttermere 31 May/1 June 2013
2012 Buttermere 8/9 June 2012
2011 Buttermere 3/4 June 2011
2010 Buttermere 4/5 June 2010
2009 Buttermere 5/6 June 2009
2008 Buttermere 6/7 June 2008
2007 Buttermere 1/2 June 2008