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Meet the pilot and get a flight safety briefing, before helping to prepare and inflate the hot air balloon on this romantic experience. Then climb into the basket (for two people and the pilot) ready for launching. Soar at heights of up to 3,000 feet, enjoying breathtaking 360 degree views as the countryside awakes beneath. Because the balloon moves with the wind, there will be no wind resistance at all so enjoy the peaceful moment together. After landing, help the crew pack the balloon away, before a drive back to the launch site. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight, others a glass of champagne on landing and some a chance to purchase an in-flight photo.
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 that you call the venue before your flight. If postponed, you’ll be offered an alternative date and can also request an alternative location (please contact the operator to arrange).
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.
The flight is exclusive to the two of you and your 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.