Choose to fly any weekday in the morning or evening
Help to prepare the balloon for take-off and then head for the sky
Travel from launch sites in Yorkshire
After landing, toast the flight with a glass of champagne or soft drink
Experience the bliss of a hot air balloon flight with this relaxing trip floating over picturesque scenery. Begin on the ground, meet the pilot and get a safety briefing, before getting stuck in and helping to prepare and inflate the balloon. Fly to heights of up to 3,000 feet, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The balloon moves with the wind so no breeze is felt, meaning the atmosphere is completely calm. Upon landing, help to pack the balloon away, have a celebratory glass of champagne (or soft drink) and then get driven back to the launch site (with no steering, the landing site cannot be predicted). Finally, be presented with a commemorative flight certificate to take home as a memento of this special aerial experience.
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.
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.
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.
Numbers on the Day
Share with between 8 -16 other flyers, plus a qualified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to watch the launch (a wonderful sight) 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.