Weekday Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two in South Central England
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Head for the clouds on a romantic sunrise hot air balloon flight for two in South Central England. Begin with feet firmly on the ground and meet the pilot, before getting stuck in and helping to prepare and inflate the balloon, alongside other flyers. Once it’s ready, board the basket and soar into the sky, reaching heights of up to 3,000 feet. The balloon moves with the wind, so the atmosphere is quiet, peaceful and the views are outstanding. Back down to earth, help to pack up the balloon and raise a glass of champagne each to toast the flight (or have a soft drink if preferred). Get a lift back to the launch site (as balloons cannot be steered), and take home a certificate to remember the day by.
Weekday mornings (excluding bank holidays) from March/April to October/November (depending on location). Flights take place at dawn, when the air is at its most stable.
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 is 18 stone. Minimum height is 4’6”. Minimum age is 8. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Not suitable for pregnant women. Medical conditions must be declared in advance.