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The Ballooning Experience

Ballooning is, for most people, a once in a lifetime experience and Virgin Balloon Flights will make sure that your flight is as special as can be! We usually meet our passengers just after sunrise and about three hours before sunset when the winds are at their calmest, but we will confirm these times when you book your flight. The actual hot air balloon ride lasts about one hour, but the whole experience, from setting up the balloon to drinking champagne on landing and returning to the launch site, takes three to four hours.

We meet you at the launch site where you can help us prepare the balloon for take-off if you wish. Your pilot then gives a full safety briefing and answers any questions that you may have at this point. The balloon then gently lifts off the ground and we drift over surrounding town and countryside. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the views and take pictures, make sure you have plenty of battery and storage!

During the flight the pilot takes an in-flight photograph, which you can view and order after the flight and take it away on a USB stick, a great memento of your flight.

Our retrieve crew follow the balloon and meet us on landing, ready to pack away the balloon. We then celebrate with a traditional champagne toast (beer and orange juice is also available), then take your complimentary transport back to the launch site.

Due to the nature of ballooning, passengers need to be medically fit and mobile, please read our FAQ’s and contact us if you have any questions.

You can book a flight online or call us on 01952 212750.