Hot Air Balloon Ride Anytime for Two in South Central England
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See the world in a whole new way with this sensational hot air balloon flight for two, available at launch sites throughout South Central England. Kick off by meeting the knowledgeable pilot for a safety talk before helping to set-up and inflate the balloon for its voyage. Once everything’s in place, hop into the basket and lift-off, ascending as high as 3,000 feet. Soak in unique bird’s-eye views of the countryside while the balloon elegantly glides through the sky. After returning to firm ground, help the crew to pack everything away before enjoying a refreshing glass of champagne (or soft drink) to toast the flight. At the end, get driven back to the original launch site and take home a commemorative flight certificate as a keepsake.
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.
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.
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.
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.