How high will we go?
The height of the balloon flight is subject to local airspace and the time of the year. You’ll fly at up to 3000ft to enjoy a marvellous view of the great British countryside below. Feel free to bring along your binoculars and cameras – but keep them safe! We’re not liable for lost or damaged items.
How far will we fly?
The distance of your flight has many dependants. Hot air balloons are controlled by heating the air up within the balloon – they’re not steered manually like a conventional aeroplane or helicopter. How far you’ll fly is down to the elements and length of time it takes the pilot to find a suitable landing site.
Where will we land?
Hot air balloons cannot be accurately controlled like a regular aircraft. The pilot will use their experience and skill to navigate to a suitable landing site. Once landed, the retrieval crew will come and get you to take you to back the start position.
How do we land/does it hurt?
No, it doesn't hurt. You’ll be asked to stand in a designated landing position in the basket to prepare for landing. You’ll land softly and glide slowly across the ground until the hot air balloon settles to a stop.
Can spectators come and watch?
Of course. Spectators are more than welcome to watch but not encouraged to track the flight of the balloon for safety reasons.
What should I wear?
We recommend gearing up appropriately for the season of your flight. In layman's terms, dress up as if you were going for a leisurely stroll in the countryside! The launch and landing site can be muddy – wear trousers, long sleeves and sensible footwear (no high heels please).
How many people are on board?
There’s plenty of leg space for all on board. Each balloon has a maximum capacity to hold up to 16 passengers – split into four compartments.
Is there an age and weight restriction?
Restrictions vary by location. Please check the ‘what do I need to know?’ section of the fine print to find out the specific age and weight restriction for your chosen experience.
Can I have a go?
Unfortunately not. Our pilots are more than happy to answer any question you have about flying the balloon, but for the safety reasons it’s best leaving the actual flying to the expert!
When do we fly?
Flights usually take place at sunrise or sunset. Balloon flights don’t often take place during the day because of heat from the ground creating thermal pockets and columns of rising air. These conditions create updrafts and downdrafts (making flying the balloon tricky for the pilot at certain altitudes).
What if the weather is bad?
Weather is highly uncontrollable and ballooning is extremely weather dependent. To avoid disappointment, please call the venue before arriving at the take-off site for the latest weather forecast and status of the flight. If postponed, an alternative date and location can be arranged (please contact the operator for information).
Can I fly if I have a disability or if I’m pregnant?
We make every effort to ensure people with disabilities can participate in balloon flights with us wherever possible and safe to do so. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, we are unable to fly anyone who requires a wheelchair or if you are pregnant.