Choose to fly any weekday in the morning or evening
Soak in astounding aerial views from heights of up to 3,000 feet
Choose from a range of locations across Northern England and Scotland
Raise a toast with some champagne or a soft drink upon landing
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
There is nothing quite like hot air ballooning and for those with a passion for flying, it doesn't get much better than this. On arrival, meet the dedicated balloon pilot for a briefing on safety before helping everyone to prepare and inflate the balloon. Once the balloon envelope is unfurled and inflated, hop into the basket and take to the skies. Float peacefully at astonishing heights of up to 3,000 feet whilst admiring unforgettable panoramic views of the Scottish or Northern English countryside below. Back on ground level, help to pack away the balloon then raise a glass of champagne (or a soft drink) to celebrate the flight in style. At the end, get presented with a commemorative flight certificate to show off to friends and family.
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 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.