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For high flyers, hot air ballooning is an experience not to be missed! Begin on solid ground with a full flight safety briefing from the pilot, before assisting in the preparation and inflation of the hot air balloon. Mount the basket and launch skyward to astounding heights of up to 3,000 feet, enjoying the peaceful tranquillity and picturesque countryside views – as the balloon moves in unison with the wind, there is no resistance, making the ride smooth and relaxing. Afterwards, help the crew pack the balloon away and be driven back to the original launch site to receive a commemorative flight certificate. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight and others a glass of champagne on landing.
Weekdays and weekends from March/April to October/November. Flights take place at dawn and dusk, when the air is at its most stable. Dates fill very quickly, so book at least four weeks in advance.
Ballooning is extremely weather dependent – it is crucial to call the venue before the flight. If postponed, an alternative date and location can be arranged (please contact the operator for information).
Actual flight length is determined by conditions on the day. The experience normally lasts around three hours, including one hour for inflating the balloon and one hour for packing the balloon away and returning to the launch site.
Share the balloon with between 8 -16 other flyers, plus a qualified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to watch the launch and wave you off. A pair of binoculars or a camera will come in handy.
Wear trousers, long sleeves and sensible footwear (no high heels please). Please avoid loose scarves or jewellery. Bring a hat – heat from the burner overhead can be intense. Launch and landing sites can be muddy.
Maximum weight 18 stone. Minimum height 4’6”. Minimum age is 8. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Ballooning isn’t suitable for pregnant women. Any medical conditions must be declared in advance.