A nice little Experience near several locations..
Hot air ballooning offers a thrill unlike any other and for aerial adventurers, there really is nothing better. On arrival, meet an experienced hot air balloon pilot for introduction and safety briefing, before helping to prepare the balloon for its Phileas Fogg style voyage. Once ready, soar to heights of up to 3,000 feet and soak in the unforgettable bird’s-eye views of some of the UK’s most picturesque countryside from the sanctuary of the hot air balloon. After touching down on terra firma, help the crew to pack everything away before being chauffeured back to the original launch site. A commemorative flight certificate is included. 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 – the 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 eight. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Ballooning isn’t suitable for pregnant women. Any medical conditions must be declared in advance.