Bodyflight is without doubt a world-class facility; providing you with an experience you cant get anywhere else.
All of the activities on site are aimed at giving you the ultimate thrill in a safe and controlled environment. Each activity has Instructors trained to keep you safe. But there are lots of people who make your day special and make our company a family.
We might be a relatively small company but we have big ideas and know how to have fun and share that with others. Why not come and see for yourself?
The site has been on one long adveture full of First's and we intend to keep making it the most amazing place you will ever visit.
1940’s - Pilots and engineers were pushing aircraft tolerances to the limit, occasionally experiencing an unusual and very frightening aerodynamic phenomenon called a flat spin which can render the aeroplane controls virtually useless.
1950’s - The Ministry of Defence agency, DERA (Defence Evaluation & Research Agency) built a 16 and a half foot vertical spinning tunnel in Bedford, to better understand aerodynamic forces including those of a flat spin.
1970s - The tunnel's pressure characteristics were ideal to meet the need for testing of a different kind. Compressed air was stored and blasted past ejector seats and other test objects. By using compression equipment in the adjoining building, the air would be pressurised to up to four atmospheres, hence the need for large airlock doors as seen in the viewing gallery and the portholes in the entrance platform.
1997- The tunnel was de-militarised and abandoned in The next few years saw both the British Parachute Association and the MOD research the upgrading of the tunnel for skydiving use, but to no avail.
2001 - Bodyflight Director Paul Mayer went on holiday to Sebastian in Florida to do an AFF skydiving course. After his level 4 lesson he booked some time at a nearby skydiving wind tunnel to assist with his progression. After a few moments, Paul was hooked and wondered why there was no facility of this kind in the UK.
2005 - A partnership with Bodyflying Zurich and the acquisition, permissions and funding for Bodyflight Bedford. Paul moved on site with a handful of employees and the UK's first and at the time the World's largest skydiving wind tunnel was born.
2006 - It was decided that Bodyflight should have other activities to offer the many people staying on site in the accommodation.
2007 - Construction of a luxury hydrotherapy pool and leisure centre. It took over two years to complete this massive project and the leisure centre finally opened in August 2009.
2008 – Bodyflight Vertigo was opened, upping the adrenaline output of this once abandoned site.
2009 - work began on FlowHouse, a venue that combines sport, lifestyle and entertainment bringing surf culture to the heart of the UK.
2010 – FlowHouse opened its doors and the UK’s first indoor surf facility was born.
2011 – Yet another activity was added to the Bodyflight site in the form of the RaceHouse offering the most advanced race car simulation.
2013 - With the site getting busier it was important to keep pushing the activities. We now offer climbing as a 20min activity to help fill up your day with us.
2014 - In April 2014 the Playhouse opened to the public. This large Children’s soft play area also has a restaurant and specialises in Children's birthday parties.
The Future - Well no one can be sure what weird and wonderful project will be our next but we do know it will be exciting!
Company Postal Address:
Twinwoods Business Park
Do not use the above address for directions as you will not be able to access the business park.
For directions to the site please visit the contact page.
Vat Reg No. 854 757 386
Bodyflight Company registration no: 5268286 registered in England and Wales