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Hot air balloon rides offer the perfect mix of excitement and serenity for a unique experience off the ground. Meet the pilot for a safety briefing before preparing and inflating the balloon with fellow flyers. Shortly after take-off, reach heights of up to 3,000 feet to be blown wherever the wind takes the basket. Look down on stunning views of the countryside while listening to the sound of the breeze as it blows you on your adventure. And since hot air balloons move with the wind, enjoy the calm by drifting gracefully along with it. After landing, help the crew pack away the balloon before being driven back to the launch site. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight and others a glass of champagne on landing.
Weekday mornings (excluding bank holidays) from March/April to October/November. Flights take place at dawn, 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.