A really nice Experience available in several locations..
Hot air ballooning is the stuff of dreams and this sunrise champagne balloon flight makes that dream come true. With launch sites across South Central England, begin on the ground by meeting the pilot and having a safety briefing. Help the crew to prepare and inflate the balloon, before boarding the basket and floating towards the clouds. The atmosphere at heights of up to 3,000 feet is incredible – so peaceful and calm, with breathtaking views. Once back on the ground, help pack up the balloon and enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne (or a soft drink). Catch a ride back to the launch site – who knows where the balloon will land? Finally, take home a certificate as a special memento of this unique flying experience.
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 the 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.