Available Monday to Friday for sunrise and sunset flights
Enjoy aerial views from sensational heights of up to 3,000 feet
Travel from a launch site in Essex, East Sussex, Suffolk or Norfolk
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
For a unique aerial adventure, fly by morning or evening with a hot air ballooning trip at a choice of great South East England locations. To begin, meet the other flyers and a seasoned ballooning pilot to receive a safety briefing on firm ground, before all joining in to help prepare and inflate the balloon for the flight. Once ready it's time to take to the skies and soar to sensational heights of up to 3,000 feet. Take in magnificent views of the countryside while being carried gently with the wind. Once back on solid ground, pitch in and help to pack the balloon away then take home a flight certificate as a special memento. 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 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.