flyingearly wrote:Thansk all; Shoreham is pretty much on my doorstep so would likely head further afield - but all this advice and recommendations has been really helpful. I was thinking of a flight up to Monewden to visit family, but for a relatively new pilot like me I'd like to try the route on my own first as it's relatively fiddly, navigating under the London TMA, around Southend and then Standsted.
If you're down south already then your best bet is to wait until the Channel Islands open up, or perhaps Le Touquet. All are a great day out (walks on the coast, restaurants, etc.) and all are are 'proper airports' so just join as ATC direct, wear your high viz on the apron and forget about it.
At these places you'll just be a valued customer like anyone else, plus you'll have a great day out that she really enjoys. No stress. No-one will mark you out as a newbie and no self-important CFI will put his hand on your shoulder to offer "a few words of advice, young man".
Of course, if you'd rather show her a £5 cooked breakfast in a little clubhouse full of sky gods on a field in the middle of nowhere, that's an option too. Bear in mind that the likelihood of being accosted in some manner by said sky gods is directly proportional to the attractiveness of your passenger.
The visiting family idea...... well.... depends massively on the people. Do you want to get there and have curious people asking "What's it like? Were you scared? Is he a good pilot?" etc. That kind of makes it all about the flying.
Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn't.