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Exploring Bristol harbour from above and below

20/04/2021 amy Features

Although it really took shape in the 1800s, Bristol Harbour was operating as far back as the 13th century. Often referred to as the “Floating Harbour” due to its constant water level, today it is a

Guide to Bristol’s tallest buildings

17/04/2021 Mark Features

If you take a ride by hot air balloon over Bristol, there are many famous landmarks to spot, from the structural genius of the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the

Why is Bristol famous for hot air balloons?

18/03/2021 amy Features

Today, Bristol has become synonymous with hot air ballooning, from its celebrated balloon manufacturers to its world-renowned fiesta event, but every legend has a story behind it. For Bristol, the celebrated relationship with balloon travel began over half a century ago, although its first recorded flight actually took place even…

Jo Bailey our MD and pilot for Bailey Balloons

07/03/2021 Jo Bailey Features, General, Hot Air Balloon News, Hot Air Balloon Stories

Jo Bailey set up Bailey Balloons over 25 years ago along with her hsuband Clive Bailey and they are both Commercial balloon pilots and qualified instructors. Jo was one of four women in the U.K. to fly the larger balloons. Clive and Jo hold the altitude record from the Bristol International…

What are the best conditions for a hot air balloon ride?

03/03/2021 amy Features

Many years ago, summertime had a reputation for supplying the best weather for a hot air balloon ride here in the UK, but the same notion doesn’t hold true today. Leading balloon operators fly whenever they can safely do so, and instead of the annual seasons, it’s specific weather conditions…

Understanding safety measures for UK hot air balloons

26/02/2021 Mark Features

Whether you’re riding in a hot air balloon in Bath or Bristol, you’re sure to find the experience both exhilarating and relaxing. Hot air balloons are an exceptionally safe way to sail through the skies, and ballooning is regulated to exacting standards by the Civil Aviation Authority, ensuring passengers are

A brief history of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

22/01/2021 Mark Features

The sight of multi-coloured balloons rising into the skies above your city isn’t enjoyed by everyone across the country, but in Bristol, it’s an annual occurance. The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has gained critical acclaim over the years and is now counted among the

Discover an unspoiled treasure from above on a Bath balloon ride

20/01/2021 amy Features

Flying in a hot air balloon in Bath can show you some outstanding urban scenery as soon as you ascend. With the balloon’s envelope full, you’ll rise up from your launch site and, safe in the passenger basket, you will see many

Discovering the legendary Bristol Belle

28/12/2020 amy Features

A large part of why the southwest city of Bristol has become synonymous with hot air balloon rides can be attributed to the Bristol Belle G-AVTL. Earning its

What’s the science behind hot air balloons?

21/12/2020 Mark Features

From the Montgolfier brothers of France, to UK aeronauts Stanley Edward Spencer and Margaret Graham, a whole host of men and women across time have