Choose to fly any day of the week, either morning or evening
Drift peacefully at sensational heights of up to 3,000 feet
Travel from a launch site in The Midlands
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
Feel top of the world with this high-flying hot air balloon flight available at launch sites across the Midlands. Kick off by meeting your experienced pilot for a talk on safety, before helping to inflate and prepare the balloon with the crew and other flyers. Once everything is ready to go, hop into the basket and head to the skies! Rise up to around 3,000 feet, soaking in stunning birds-eye views of the countryside while the balloon tranquilly soars through the clouds. Upon safe return to solid ground, chip in with packing away the balloon. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight and others a glass of champagne on landing. Truly the most serene way to fly!
Weekdays and weekends from March/April to October/November. Flights take place at dawn and dusk, 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.