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Hot air balloon visits primary school in Northampton

13/08/2015 Jo Bailey Hot Air Balloons at Events

A ladybird-themed hot air balloon recently paid a visit to the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Northampton, in order to inspire the school’s pupils for their own balloon project.

The visit came in advance of the Northampton Balloon Festival, which is set to be held at the Billing Aquadrome on the 14-16th August.

Speaking about the balloon’s arrival at the school, Loren Allen, a Year 1 teacher, told The Northants Herald and Post:

“This is the second year the balloon has visited and it is a wonderful way to bring the curriculum to life… The children have plotted the grounds to find the best place for the balloon to be inflated, looked at the weather forecast and thought about why balloons are always very colourful.”

The children had previously designed their own balloon festival brochures last year, and are working on creating papier-mâché balloons of their own this year, which is why the balloon visit was so useful to them.

Piloting the balloon was Stewart Wilyman, the man behind the annual Northampton Balloon Festival, which will see 35 balloons take to the skies over the town next month.

According to the events managers at Billing Aquadrome, Clair Fleming, The Balloon Festival is one of the most popular events of the year, and something that inspires local children.

If you would like to get in on the hot air ballooning action, there are no end of hot air balloon rides in Taunton, Northampton, Bristol and many other cities in the UK.

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