Available Monday to Friday for sunrise flights only
Soar at astounding heights of up to 3,000 feet
Travel from a launch site in Somerset, Bristol, Monmouthshire, Devon, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire or Shropshire
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
Soar by sunrise with this hot air ballooning flight available at a selection of great launch sites in South West England and Wales. Begin on terra firma with a safety briefing from a qualified pilot, before helping to prepare and inflate the balloon for take-off. Once set up, hop in the basket and embark on an aerial adventure to astounding heights of up to 3,000 feet. Gaze at panoramic views of the sky and countryside as the balloon gently glides through the clouds,. As it moves in unison with the wind, it's one peaceful breeze-free ride! After returning to the ground, help the crew to pack away before driving back to the launch site. 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.
Bristol, Bristol City
Usk Valley, Monmouthshire
Moreton in Marsh
Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire
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