Update: Please note that we no longer fly from this site. To view our current launch site listing please click here.

This week we’ve been to see our lovely hot air balloon rides Staffordshire launch site Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Set in the heart of central England among picturesque surroundings, Uttoxeter Racecourse has been home to the famous Midlands Grand National since 1969 and hosts a range of jump meetings all year round.

The impressive open land space provides the perfect backdrop for a Virgin Balloon Flights launch.

We provide early morning and early evening flights from the racecourse on both weekdays and weekends on selected dates throughout our flying season which is March to October.

From the basket and upstream of the racecourse, the River Dove’s stunning valley of Dovedale might be spotted meandering through the world famous Peak District National Park, or north west travel may show you the delights of the Potteries made famous by Wedgewood, Royal Doulton and Spode from an entirely new perspective.

With the right wind, you could even fly almost as far as the Trentham Estate at Stoke On Trent, with the beautiful Trentham Gardens stretched out below.

Read our more recent blog about our hot air balloon rides Staffordshire here, where we also feature our wonderful balloon flights launch site near Stafford in the south of the county, just a few miles from the beautiful and historic Shugborough Hall and Estate.