The first weekend of June saw the welcome return of one of the newest air festivals in the country.
The Warwickshire-based Midlands Air Festival first took place in 2018, and after a hiatus in 2020, it was back with a bang this year. Visitors to the event were treated to over 100 hot air balloons and a host of classic aircraft at the three-day event.
The event is based in the grounds of the 18th century stately home Ragley Hall. The lush landscape made the perfect background for the fun-filled weekend. A traditional hot air balloon glow and fireworks display set proceedings off in style on the first day.
The ticketed event saw visitors wowed by twice-daily mass ascents, with the balloons taking to the skies at dawn and dusk, when the temperatures are best suited for safe flights. Throughout the day, tethered flights were available for visitors to meet the pilots and to get a taste of hot air ballooning for themselves.
The highlight of any balloon festival is the uniquely shaped balloons, and the Midland Air Festival is no exception. This year, a black cat, a dog and a dragon were amongst some of the unusual shapes to delight the crowds.
Hot air balloon adventures never fail to put a smile on people’s faces, which is why these festivals are as popular as ever. For a more intimate occasion, private hot air balloon flights over Bath, Bristol and other parts of the southwest can be had.