Available Monday to Friday for sunrise flights only
Experience the amazing sensation of hot air ballooning 3,000 feet up
Travel from a launch site in Kent, Essex, East Sussex, Suffolk or Norfolk
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
Hot air ballooning offers a flying sensation unlike any other and the views from the basket are just sensational. On arrival, meet a seasoned hot air balloon pilot for a safety briefing and (with feet still firmly on the ground), help to prepare and inflate the balloon for its aerial adventure. Once ready, soar to astounding heights of up to 3,000 feet and soak in birds-eye views of some of the South East England's most beautiful countryside and landmarks, from the sanctuary of the balloon. Return to earth and help the crew pack the kit away before being chauffeured back to the original launch site to receive a flight certificate. 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.
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 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.
Paddock Wood, Kent
Wych Cross, East Sussex
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