Hot Air Ballooning Anytime
A nice Experience within easy reach of Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Hot air ballooning provides an aerial thrill like no other! With feet still on the ground, meet the pilot and get a flight safety briefing before helping crew and other flyers to prepare and inflate the hot air balloon. Then everyone climbs into the basket ready for launch. Fly at heights of up to 3,000 feet, enjoying views of the countryside and the quiet tranquillity of the air and clouds flying with no wind resistance. After landing, help pack the balloon away, before a drive back to the launch site (who knows where the landing will happen – balloons cannot be steered) to receive a commemorative certificate. Balloon operators vary, with some offering a slightly longer flight and others a glass of champagne on landing.
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 the 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.