Choose to fly any weekday in the morning or evening
Help launch the balloon with other flyers and fly at up to 3,000 feet
Travel from any number of launch sites across the country
All flights are provided by certified CAA approved operators
Head to the skies on a romantic and exciting hot air balloon flight for two, the finest way to see the beauty of the British countryside. Begin with a safety briefing from the pilot, before helping to prepare and inflate the balloon. Once ready, get in the basket and rise into the air, reaching heights of up to 3,000 feet. As the balloon moves with the wind, there's no air resistance - the atmosphere and views are incredible. After the flight, help the crew to deflate and pack the balloon away, then be driven back to the launch site and finish with a commemorative flight certificate. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight, others a glass of champagne on landing and some the opportunity to buy an in-flight photo.
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 - heat from the burner overhead can be intense. Launch and landing sites can be muddy.