Available Monday to Friday for sunrise and sunset flights
Soar at sensational heights of up to 3,000 feet
Travel from a launch site in Somerset, Bristol, Monmouthshire, Devon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire or Shropshire
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
See the world from a new perspective with a sensational hot air balloon flight available at launch sites across South West England and Wales. Kick off by meeting the pilot for a safety briefing before assisting with the inflation and preparation of the balloon, alongside other flyers. Once all set-up, hop in the basket and take to the skies for an aerial adventure - float effortlessly among the clouds whilst soaking in panoramic views of the countryside. As the balloon moves in unison with the wind, this is sure to be a peaceful ride with no breeze! Once on the ground, help the crew to pack away and take home a flight certificate. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight and others a glass of champagne on landing.
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 the 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.