Available Monday to Friday for sunrise and sunset flights
Reach heights of up to 3,000 feet and take in incredible views
Travel from a launch site in Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or Surrey
Celebrate with a glass of champagne or a soft drink on landing
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
Embark on a Phileas Fogg style flying adventure by sunrise or sunset with this hot air balloon fight for two. Begin by meeting the pilot for a quick discussion on safety, before helping with the inflation and preparation of the balloon for flight. Once set-up, climb into the basket and lift-off to the sky. Ascend to sensational heights of up to 3,000 feet and soak in unforgettable panoramic views of the countryside as the balloon gently floats (with the help of blasts from the burners). Touch base with the ground, then help the crew to pack everything away before toasting this momentous occasion with a celebratory glass of champagne or soft drink. To finish, drive back to the original launch site and each take home a special flight certificate.
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 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.
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
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