Can I fly from any or
all of these places ?
Depending on your age, interest-level, and budget,
you may be interested in flying your own hot air
balloon or in buying a flight with other passengers
in a commercially operated hot air balloon (i.e.
flying as a paying passenger).
Suppose I had my own Hot Air Balloon ?
If you bought your own hot air balloon and associated
equipment, learned to fly it (you have to pass a
test), and had some people willing to operate as
your ground-crew, then we’re sure you wouldn’t
be reading our list of places – you’d
be too busy investigating possibilities for yourself
There would, of course, be some things to take
into account such as regulated air-space e.g. around
airports, and any other regulations that apply,
weather conditions e.g. wind speeds and directions,
permission to use take-off site/s, availability
of appropriate areas for landing, your personal
interests and scenic preferences, and so on. These
and other considerations prior to a flight are all
very much part of the fun.
The places mentioned on this website are a non-exhaustive
collection of ideas - just a modest sample of places
that may be fun to see from a hot air balloon ride.
Some balloonists travel long distances to fly over
interesting places – both at home and abroad.
If you’d like to find out more about this,
one great way is to visit one of the large (international)
Hot Air Balloon Festivals that take place during
the summer months. These are popular with many people
who love to enjoy hot air ballooning for fun - and
to share memorable experiences with friends, family,
and other hot air ballooning enthusiasts.
Most people start by…
Buying a ticket for a Hot Air Balloon Flight
(as a passenger)
There are a few important considerations to bear
in mind so we suggest that you also read our page
about booking a hot air
Obviously the locations that you can fly
from, or over, when traveling as a passenger in
a hot air balloon are always going to be more
restricted than if you planned and operated
your own hot air balloon flight.
(We assume you are willing to pay around £100s/person
for a basic balloon flight, but not enough to hire
a hot air balloon, associated equipment, pilot,
and crew - to be on stand-by to go to the locations/s
of your choice whenever your whim and the weather
conditions dictate !)
The flexibility of use of the ticket you buy,
and especially the geographical flexibility of where
you can use it, depend on who you bought your ticket
from. Some Hot Air Balloon operators offer flights
over a huge area extending over many counties (not
just one or two) - which is excellent ! However,
most of the smaller local Hot Air Balloon operators
tend to fly only from only their local area (town/villages).
This may be because they only have a certain small
number of locations from which they can take-off.
You’ll know if such a restriction would matter
to you, but if you are buying the flight as a gift
for someone else then it may not be your preferences
that are paramount – but those of the recipient
of the gift !
For your own peace of mind, shop around
before buying a flight voucher and ask questions.
As you may be talking to anything from a large business
to a small family or individual concern, don't make
assumptions or be concerned about the questions
you ask. For example, it's fine to ask about the
experience of the pilot, e.g. for how many years
has he/she been carrying paying passengers ? Operators
with many years in this activity will be pleased
to say so.
An easy solution to the problem of ensuring geographical
flexibility when buying a hot air balloon flight
is to buy the voucher from an Experience Day Company.
There are many companies in the UK that sell Hot
Air Balloon Flight vouchers that can be redeemed
with a wide range of Balloon Flight operators across
the country. This means that you can buy the ticket/gift
and then let the recipient choose the operator
and location that is most convenient or appealing
to him/her. Easy ! Experience Day vouchers can be
purchased online or from a wide range of shops on
the UK High Street.
Wherever in the UK you live and work, the chances
are that there are Hot Air Balloon flights available
in your area during the summer months. This activity
depends on the weather and other factors (e.g. local
aviation restrictions, livestock, etc.). For maximum
flexibility, especially if buying the flight as
a gift, we recommend buying your flight voucher
from a large established organization that offers
a wide range of choice of dates and locations.
Of course, if you own your own Hot Air Balloon
then you can fly from even more locations of your
choice – both in the UK and elsewhere !!!
Major reputable companies (such as ActivityGifts.co.uk),
are able to offer a wide range of take-off
sites. Another recommended experience day
provider is A1Gifts.co.uk.
They offer a wide range of flight options,
from hot air balloons, to gilders, planes
and even helicopters.