Hot Air Balloon Ride Anytime in South Central England
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Take to the clouds for a flying adventure like no other with this hot air balloon flight, available at launch site across South Central England. Begin by meeting the pilot for a run down on safety before helping other flyers and the crew to inflate and prepare the balloon for voyage. Once ready, climb into the basket and set off on an aerial adventure. Rise to a height of around 3,000 feet and marvel at sensational views of the countryside below, whilst the balloon elegantly floats through the clouds. After returning to solid ground, help to pack the balloon away before toasting the flight with a well-deserved glass of champagne or soft drink. At the end, get driven back to the original launch site and take home a certificate as a memento.
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.