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Head to the clouds with an exhilarating hot air balloon flight, available at a choice of idyllic locations across South East England. Kick off by meeting the balloon pilot and the rest of the group, for a safety briefing. Then work together to inflate and prepare the balloon for take-off. Once in the balloon, set off on an incredible aerial adventure and soar up to heights of 3,000 feet whilst soaking in some truly sensational bird’s-eye views of the ground below. Upon returning to firm ground, help the rest of the crew to pack away the balloon before going back to the launch site and taking home a flight certificate as a memento. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight and others a glass of champagne on landing.
Weekdays from March/April to October/November at most venues. Flights take place at dawn or dusk, when the air is 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 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.