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Hot Air Balloon Festivals Across the UK

Experience the Magic of Hot Air Balloon Fiesta's

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Ever witnessed the magic of a night glow or the extraordinary spectacle of a mass hot air balloon ascent? If the answer’s no, then you need to add ‘Attend a Hot Air Balloon Festival’ to your 2024 bucket list! From Scotland to Dorset to everywhere in between, the UK is renowned for its hot air balloon festivals, providing balloonists of all ages the chance to get involved and experience the thrill of hot air balloons firsthand. From the synchronised dance of the hot air balloon burners during the iconic night glow performance to the beauty of a mass balloon ascent, these high-energy festivals not only celebrate the history and culture of hot air balloons but also set the stage for a weekend of family fun.

So, whether you're appreciating the balloons from afar or immersing yourself in the excitement with a hot air balloon ride, a hot air balloon festival promises to be an unforgettable experience that will create memorable moments for many years to come.

How did Balloon Festivals start?

Let's take a trip back in time to the late 18th century, where the seeds of balloon festivals were sown. In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne, launched their pioneering balloon in Annonay, France, marking the dawn of manned flight. This incredible achievement sparked a worldwide fascination with hot air balloons, igniting imaginations everywhere. Over time, as more and more people fell in love with the idea of floating gracefully through the skies, enthusiasts began organising informal gatherings to showcase their balloons and skills. These cosy get togethers eventually blossomed into the lively festivals we know today, providing a vibrant platform for balloonists to unite, share their passion, and thrill audiences with breathtaking displays. And so, the legacy of balloon festivals continues full steam ahead, honouring this rich history while embracing the adventurous spirit and sense of community that has defined ballooning for centuries.

What Happens at a Hot Air Balloon Festival?

Hot air balloon festivals are easily one of the best highlights of summer, boasting a plethora of activities for all ages. Attendees to the festival can marvel at the spectacle of countless balloons ascending into the sky, to the accompaniment of live music. Beyond the colourful balloon displays, festivals offer thrilling rides, enchanting night glow shows, and artisan stalls with unique crafts. It's the perfect chance to embrace the thrill of ballooning while enjoying quality time with loved ones.

Where is the World's Largest Balloon Festival?

For the most iconic balloon festival experience, look no further than the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. This beloved event has been capturing hearts since 1972, with its stunning mass ascents, dazzling night glows, and whimsical special shape balloons. It's a must-visit for anyone who loves adventure and wonder!

Where is the Biggest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the UK?

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, held annually at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol, is not only the biggest hot air balloon festival in the UK but also one of the largest in Europe. With its stunning mass ascents, captivating night glow displays, and a wide range of family-friendly activities, it's a must-visit event for balloon enthusiasts and families alike.

2 girls looking out of a hot air balloon basket at hot air balloons in the sky over Bristol

Dorset Balloon Festival

Welcome to the Dorset Hot Air Balloon Festival, where the magic of ballooning meets family-friendly fun! This annual event, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Dorset's scenic landscapes, has become a highlight of the region's calendar. With a variety of attractions including live music, thrilling mass ascents alongside other hot air balloons, and an array of kid-friendly activities such as a funfair, kids disco, and a delightful petting zoo, there's excitement for all ages. Whether you're a seasoned balloon enthusiast or attending for the first time, this amazing event promises an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, adventure, and a strong sense of community.

When is it?

Saturday the 4th of May - Sunday the 5th May 2024

Where is it?

Dorset County Show, Agriculture House, Dorset

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, ticket prices for the Dorset Balloon Festival start at £15 for children and £25 for adults.

What’s on at the Dorset Balloon Festival?

  • Spectacular hot air balloon displays

  • Night Glow event featuring illuminated hot air balloons

  • Live music performances throughout the day

  • BMX stunt shows for adrenaline packed entertainment

  • A variety of food vendors offering delicious culinary delights

  • Craft stalls showcasing unique finds from local businesses

  • Thrilling fireworks display to cap off the festivities

  • Hot air balloon flights offering a chance to experience the magic firsthand

Dorset Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Yes, you can! Virgin Balloon Flights is excited to be offering daily hot air balloon rides from the Dorset Balloon Festival, giving you the unique opportunity to participate in the mass ascent alongside countless other hot air balloons. Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to see the Dorset countryside from a bird’s eye view, but you'll also get to experience the magic of a sky full of balloons as you all share in this unique airborne adventure.

Do Babies and Infants Go Free?

Babies and infants up to 3 years old can attend the festival for free.

Is There Parking Available at the Festival?

There is parking available at the festival but it must be booked in advance

Can I Bring my Campervan, Motorhome or Caravan?

Yes! Camping facilities are available as an add-on to your weekend tickets. Both motorhomes and campervans are permitted at the event, along with caravans. Please note, however, that tent camping is not allowed. There are no electric hook ups provided, and overnight parking is not permitted in the car parks.

Are Dogs Allowed at the Festival?

Unfortunately, only guide dogs are allowed at the event.

Will There Be Toilets Onsite?

Yes, toilets will be available onsite.

The Devonshire Balloon & Music Festival

Launching for their debut event, the Devonshire Balloon Festival invites you to join in the excitement of their inaugural celebration. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Devon's scenic landscapes, this festival promises a captivating blend of hot air balloon displays, thrilling BMX and FMX bike stunts, and surprise headline acts from the Exeter Tribute Festival. With a mesmerising night glow event, trade stalls, and delicious food vans, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this unforgettable gathering.

When is it?

Saturday the 25th of May - Sunday the 26th of May 2024

Where is it?

Exeter Racecourse, Devon

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, ticket prices for the Devonshire Balloon Festival start at £7 for children and £10 for adults.

What’s on at the Devonshire Balloon Festival?

  • Thrilling Balloon Launch to kickstart the festivities

  • Mesmerising Night Glow Light Show

  • Live Music Tributes

  • Heart pounding BMX Show with jaw dropping stunts

  • High energy Wrestling Shows

  • Local Trade Stalls & Food and drink vendors

  • Animal Shows for the whole family

  • Fun Fair with rides

  • Circus Shows

The Devonshire Balloon & Music Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Absolutely! Virgin Balloon Flights will be offering daily flights at the Devonshire Balloon Festival, giving you the fantastic opportunity to join in the mass ascent, while taking in the beautiful views of Devon's countryside from above.

What Time Does the Festival Open?

The festival is open from 1pm both days

Is There on Site Car Parking?

Car parking is available on site for £5 a day, however, please note that spaces are very limited.

hot air balloons against a blue sky

Midland’s Air Festival

Get ready for an exciting weekend at the Midlands Air Festival, returning for its sixth year of fantastic family entertainment! This year's event promises three action packed days featuring over 100 hot air balloons, more than 45 aircraft displaying their skills in the skies, and a host of other thrilling activities. From the mesmerising Nightfire and spectacular Air Displays to the graceful Hot Air Balloon Launches, there's something for everyone to enjoy. As an airshow celebrating all aspects of aviation, the Midlands Air Festival boasts multiple exhibitors, rides, and much, much more!

When is it?

Friday the 31st of May - Sunday the 2nd of June 2024

Where is it?
Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, ticket prices for the Midland’s Air Festival start at £30 for adults and £15 for teenagers, while children go free.

What’s on at the Midland’s Air Festival?

  • Nightfire display

  • Air displays featuring various aircraft

  • Hot air balloon launches

  • Amazing trade stalls

  • Children's rides

Midland’s Air Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While Virgin Balloon Flights won't be at the Midlands Air Festival, don't worry! If you're keen to explore the skies over the Midlands, we've got you covered. You can join us for a delightful hot air balloon ride from nearby launch sites including Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham, Tewkesbury, and Warwick.

Can I Buy Tickets at the Gate?

No, tickets are only available to buy online, before the event.

Is Parking Available at the Event?

Parking is available on site and included in your ticket price.

Can I Bring Food and Drink to the Festival?

Food and drink vendors will be available at the festival, however you are also permitted to bring your own.

Worcester Hot Air Balloon Festival

Get ready for an unforgettable weekend at the Worcester Balloon Festival! Returning for its second year, this event promises an even more spectacular experience. Weather permitting, the sky will be adorned with colourful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, creating a mesmerising sight for all attendees. In addition to the breathtaking balloon displays, visitors can look forward to live arena performances, delicious food and drink stalls, artisan craft stalls, and a variety of other entertainment options suitable for the whole family. The highlight of the festival will undoubtedly be the hot air balloon displays, offering spectators the chance to witness the balloons up close as they prepare for the thrill of the mass ascent.

When is it?

21st - 22nd June 2024

Where is it?

Worcester Racecourse, Worcester

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, ticket prices for the Worcester Balloon Festival start at £3 for children and adults.

What’s on at the Worcester Balloon Festival?

  • Colourful hot air balloon displays (weather dependent)

  • Live arena performances

  • Food and drink stalls

  • Artisan craft stalls

  • Mass ascent of hot air balloons

  • Spectacular balloon glows

  • Fireworks display

  • Various other entertainment options for all ages

Worcester Hot Air Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While we don't participate in the Worcester Balloon Festival, we offer Worcester hot air balloon rides, with our launch site is conveniently located at Worcester Racecourse. Additionally, we have nearby launch sites situated in Shelsley Walsh and Telford, providing ample opportunities for you to take to the skies with Virgin Balloon Flights.

When Will the Balloons Fly?

Usually, hot air balloon flights take place during the serene hours of sunrise and sunset. Scheduled balloon launches are set for Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6pm to 7:30pm, and a morning ascent is planned for Saturday, between 6am and 7:30am. Please note that this is weather permitting.

Are Dogs Allowed?

This is a dog friendly event, however, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Is There Parking Available?

Parking is available on a first come first serve basis.

Can I Bring My Own Food and Drink?

Yes, picnics are welcomed however alcohol is strictly off limits.

red hot air balloon against a blue sky, alongside other hot air balloons

Wales Balloon Festival

Get ready to embark on a memorable adventure at the inaugural Wales Balloon Festival! This exciting event marks its debut this year, promising a weekend filled with wonder and excitement. Among the highlights of the festival is the mesmerising night glow show, where tethered balloons illuminate the night sky in a breathtaking display of light and colour. For those seeking an even more immersive experience, hot air balloon rides offer a chance to soar above the festival grounds and take in panoramic views of the stunning Welsh countryside. From live music performances to delicious food stalls offering a variety of culinary delights, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this inaugural celebration. Join us as we kick off this new tradition with a weekend of fun, laughter, and unforgettable moments at the Wales Balloon Festival!

When is it?

28th - 30th June 2024

Where is it?

Carmarthen Showground, South Wales

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, ticket prices for the Wales Balloon Festival start at £5 for children and adults.

What’s on at the Wales Balloon Festival?

  • Illuminated night glow show

  • Hot air balloon rides offering panoramic views of the Welsh countryside

  • Live music performances

  • Food and drink stalls

  • Craft stalls showcasing local talent

  • Spectacular fireworks display

  • Interactive activities and attractions for all ages

Wales Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While we don't participate in the Wales Balloon Festival, we have nearby launch sites for anyone looking to take in the beauty of the Welsh countryside from a truly unique perspective. Our nearby launch sites can be found at Raglan & Ludlow.

Do Babies and Infants Go Free?

Babies and infants up to 3 years old can attend the festival for free.

Is There Parking Available at the Festival?

There is parking available at the festival but it must be booked in advance

Can I Bring my Campervan, Motorhome or Caravan?

Yes! Camping facilities are available as an add-on to your weekend tickets. Both motorhomes and campervans are permitted at the event, along with caravans. Please note, however, that tent camping is not allowed. There are no electric hook ups provided, and overnight parking is not permitted in the car parks.

Are Dogs Allowed at the Festival?

Unfortunately, only guide dogs are allowed at the event.

Will There Be Toilets Onsite?

Yes, toilets will be available onsite.

The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta

The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta is a celebrated event that takes flight across central London, raising awareness and funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal - MQ Mental Health Research, Homewards, and National Numeracy. Set against the stunning backdrop of one of the best parks in London - Battersea Park, up to fifty hot air balloons participate in this exciting display of colour and grace, embodying the vibrant spirit of London. While this regatta is not an event that people can attend in person, its splendour can be appreciated across the city, serving as a symbol of unity and community spirit. As balloons soar across the London skyline, they symbolise hope and support for important causes, making the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta a cherished tradition that touches the hearts of Londoners far and wide.

When is it?

Sunday 7th, Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th July

Where is it?

Battersea Park, London

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Regata?

While we don’t participate in the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, if you’re looking to enjoy a London hot air balloon ride, we have nearby launch sites located at Brentwood, Welwyn Garden City & Guildford.

hot air balloon being inflated

Northumberland Balloon Festival

Get ready to experience the excitement of the brand new Northumberland Balloon Festival! This inaugural event promises a weekend filled with wonder and entertainment for all ages. With up to 25 hot air balloons dotting the sky, the festival offers a stunning spectacle of colour and grace. With a diverse selection of attractions and activities, the Northumberland Balloon Festival is set to become a beloved tradition, uniting the community in celebration and joy.

When is it?

12th - 14th July 2024

Where is it?

Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, ticket prices for the Northumberland Balloon Festival start at £5 for children and adults.

What’s on at the Northumberland Balloon Festival?

  • Up to 25 hot air balloons dotting the sky

  • Live entertainment for all ages

  • Captivating event performers

  • Derek the Dinosaur Walkabout

  • Thrilling funfair rides

Northumberland Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While Virgin Balloon Flights won’t be participating in the Northumberland Balloon Festival, we have a nearby launch site in Bishop Auckland.

What Are the Opening Hours of the Festival?

On the 12th, the festival will be open from 5 PM to 10:30 PM, and on the 13th and 14th, it will be open from 12 PM to 10 PM.

Is There On Site Parking Available?

Yes, parking is available on site for a daily charge of £5.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

When Will the Balloons Fly?

Usually, hot air balloon flights occur at dawn and dusk. Scheduled balloon launches are set between 6 PM and 7:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday, with additional morning ascents planned for both days between 6 AM and 7:30 AM.

Doncaster Hot Air Balloon Festival

This exciting event brings together balloon enthusiasts and visitors alike for a weekend filled with sky-high adventure and family-friendly fun. Against the backdrop of Doncaster's scenic landscapes, the festival promises a spectacular display of colourful hot air balloons taking flight. Attendees can enjoy beautiful balloon glows, thrilling balloon rides, and captivating entertainment throughout the day. With delicious food stalls, craft vendors, and activities for all ages, the Doncaster Hot Air Balloon Festival is the perfect destination for a memorable weekend getaway.

When is it?

19th - Saturday 20th July 2024

Where is it?

Town Field, Doncaster

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, tickets for the Doncaster Balloon Festival start at £3.25 for children and adults.

What’s on at Doncaster Hot Air Balloon Festival?

  • Hot air balloon glow

  • Jamie Squibb's gravity-defying Freestyle FMX

  • Jump Dogs parachute display team

  • The American Civil War Society

  • The Vikings' Immersive Journey into the Early Middle Ages

  • Fireworks

  • Funfair

  • Circus workshop

  • Craft Marquee

  • Trade Stalls

  • Festival food & drink

Doncaster Hot Air Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Virgin Balloon Flights won’t be participating at the Doncaster Balloon festival, however, for those who are looking to explore the skies of South Yorkshire, our nearby launch sites in York, Sheffield and Leeds promise a sky high adventure you’ll never forget.

What Are the Festival Opening Hours?

Friday: 16:00-22:00

Saturday: 12:00-22:00

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Can I Bring My Own Food and Drink?

Yes, picnics are welcomed however alcohol is strictly off limits.

When Will the Balloons Fly?

Usually, hot air balloons take flight during sunrise and sunset. Scheduled balloon launches are between 6 PM and 7:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday, with an additional morning ascent planned for Saturday between 6 AM and 7:30 AM.

multiple hot air balloons in the process of being inflated

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Step into the world of ballooning wonder at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the epitome of all hot air balloon festivals. Celebrating its 46th year in 2024, this iconic event continues to captivate audiences with its breathtaking displays and vibrant atmosphere. This year, the Fiesta proudly hosts the British National Hot Air Balloon Championships, with approximately 15 teams competing in the skies over Bristol and the surrounding area. From the enchanting Bristol Balloon festival night glow to thrilling balloon rides and countless family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this iconic event.

As you explore the festival grounds, don't miss the chance to discover other events in Bristol, a city renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, and eclectic events scene. Join us for a weekend of sky-high adventure and unforgettable memories, as we celebrate the soaring success of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta!

When is it?

9th - 11th August 2024

Where is it?

Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

Is there an Entry Fee?

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free event for all attendees to enjoy. However, if you're seeking a VIP experience with unparalleled views of the epic night glow performance, tickets to the Sky Lounge are available starting at £30 for adults and £15 for children. Additionally, if you'd like to participate in a hot air balloon flight, please note that there is an extra charge for this experience.

What’s on at the Bristol International Balloon Festival?

  • British National Hot Air Balloon Championships

  • Bristol Balloon Fiesta night glow

  • Thrilling balloon rides

  • Family friendly activities

  • Food and drink vendors

  • Live entertainment

  • Children's entertainment stage

  • Traders and exhibitors

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Yes, you can! Our Bristol hot air balloon rides are scheduled on the evening of Thursday, August 8th, and both morning and evening on Friday, August 9th, Saturday, August 10th, and Sunday, August 11th.

Can I Camp at the Fiesta?

​​For this year's event, there won't be an official campsite at the fiesta. We suggest finding a nearby campsite close to Ashton Court so you can easily walk to the fiesta each day.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Old Buckenham Balloon Festival

Get ready for a memorable experience at the Old Buckenham Balloon Festival, a three day event set in the scenic countryside of Norfolk. Held at the charming campsite of Old Buckenham Country Park, this festival offers a relaxed atmosphere with activities for all ages. Enjoy live music, delicious street food, and BBQ treats, while kids can have fun with various entertainment options. Explore the world of ballooning with up-close views of equipment and memorabilia. Weather permitting, you’ll have the chance to participate in hot air balloon flights and witness the stunning night glow display.

When is it?

9th - 11th August 2024

Where is it?

Old Buckenham Country Park

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, tickets for the Old Buckenham Balloon Festival start at £7.95 for children and £15.95 for adults.

What’s on at the Old Buckenham Balloon Festival?

  • Live music performances

  • Street food vendors

  • BBQ Grill

  • Beer festival

  • Children's entertainment

  • Up-close view of ballooning equipment and memorabilia

  • Morning and evening hot air balloon flights (weather permitting)

  • Night glow spectacle

Old Buckenham Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While we don't currently participate in the Old Buckenham Balloon Festival, we do operate nearby launch sites in Norwich, Suffolk, and Stowmarket. So, even though we won't be at the festival, you can still embark on an unforgettable hot air balloon adventure with Virgin Balloon Flights in Norfolk.

Can I Buy Tickets at the Gate?

No, tickets are only available to buy online, before the event.

Is There On Site Parking Available?

Yes, parking is free and available on site.

When Are the Balloon Flights and Night Glows Scheduled For?

We have flights planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. Flight times may vary, beginning as early as 5:30 am for morning flights and 5:30 pm for evening flights. Night glows are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday evenings, around 9 pm. Please note that there are no flights scheduled for Friday morning or night glows on Sunday night.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Is This Event Suitable for Children?

This event is geared towards families, with activities suitable for all ages.

Will There Be Toilets Onsite?

Yes, toilets will be available onsite.


hot air balloons in the sky over Bristol at sunrise

Oswestry Balloon Carnival

The Oswestry Balloon Carnival is a vibrant two-day family fun charity event held in support of Nightingale House Hospice and in collaboration with Oswestry Town Council, Spirit Operations, and Oswestry BID. Nestled in the heart of Oswestry town and the picturesque Cae Glas Park, this carnival promises excitement for all ages. From the colourful hot air balloon displays to the stunning night glow event, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

When is it?

16th - 17th August 2024

Where is it?

Cae Glas Park, Welsh Walls

Is there an Entry Fee?

Admission to the event is complimentary, however they kindly encourage a voluntary donation of £2 to support Nightingale House Hospice.

What’s on at the Oswestry Balloon Carnival?

  • Hot air balloon displays

  • Night glow event

  • Live entertainment

  • Food and drink stalls

  • Funfair rides

  • Craft stalls

  • Family-friendly activities

Oswestry Balloon Carnival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Virgin Balloon Flights won’t be participating in the Oswestry Balloon Carnival, however for those in search of a sky high adventure, we have nearby launch sites in Oswestry, Wrexham and Shrewsbury.

When is the Event Open?

Saturday 17th - 10am to 9:30pm

Sunday 18th - 10:30am to 7:30pm

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Is This Event Suitable for Children?

This event is geared towards families, with activities suitable for all ages.

Northampton Balloon Festival

Embark on a journey of wonder and excitement at the Northampton Balloon Festival, returning to the Racecourse in 2024. This much-loved event promises to once again fill the skies with an array of colourful hot air balloons, showcasing the skill and grace of balloonists. As you gaze up at the transformed skyline, immerse yourself in the live arena entertainment and vibrant funfair, offering thrills for all ages. Explore trade stalls and indulge in the enchanting spectacle of a hot air balloon glow at sunset, followed by a dazzling fireworks display.

When is it?

16th - 18th August 2024

Where is it?

Racecourse Pavillion, Northampton

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, tickets for the Northampton Balloon Festival start at £2.75 for children and adults.

What’s on at the Northampton Balloon Festival?

  • Colourful hot air balloon displays

  • Live arena entertainment

  • Vibrant funfair for all ages

  • Thrilling circus workshop

  • Majestic birds of prey exhibition

  • Trade stalls offering a variety of goods

  • Hot air balloon glow at sunset

  • Dazzling fireworks display

  • Festival food and drink options

Northampton Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While Virgin Balloon Flights won’t be attending the Northampton Balloon Festival, we have nearby launch sites located in Northampton, Milton Keynes & Rugby.

What Are the Opening Hours for the Festival?

12:00-22:30

Is There On Site Parking Available?

Yes, parking is available on site for a daily charge of £5.

When Will the Balloons Fly?

There are planned launches between 6 pm and 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Additionally, there's a planned morning ascent on Saturday and Sunday between 6 am and 7:30 am.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Can I Bring My Own Food and Drink?

Yes, picnics are welcomed however alcohol is strictly off limits.

hot air balloons lit up at night

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Get ready to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scotland's only balloon festival at the Strathaven Balloon Festival! Set in the picturesque town of Biggar, this event holds a special place in the hearts of balloon enthusiasts across the country. As Scotland's premier balloon festival, it promises a weekend of inspiring sights and unforgettable experiences. In addition to the balloon festivities, there will be all sorts of entertainment, from live music and a fun fair to market stalls and classic vehicles, there’s so much to explore and enjoy.

When is it?

23rd - 25th August 2024

Where is it?

Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire

Is there an Entry Fee?

Admission to the event is free

What’s on at the Strathaven Balloon Festival?

  • Hot air balloon displays

  • Live music performances

  • Fun fair rides

  • Trade stalls

  • Classic vehicle displays

  • Tethered balloons

  • Food and drink vendors

  • Evening balloon glow

  • Commemorative activities for the festival's 25th anniversary

Strathaven Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

While we won’t be flying at the Strathaven Balloon Festival, our nearby launch site is conveniently located in Biggar, just a stone’s throw away from the Strathaven Balloon Festival.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Is There On Site Parking Available?

No, there is no parking available on site. Nearby parking can be found at the park and ride for £5 a day

Herefordshire & South Wales Balloon Festival

Get ready for a weekend filled with fun and laughter at the Herefordshire & South Wales Hot Air Balloon Festival. Witness the magic of countless hot air balloons filling the sky, as they rise together in a mass ascent. Indulge in delicious food, thrilling rides, and live entertainment throughout the festival grounds. Feel the excitement of flight and enjoy panoramic views with a tethered balloon ride. As dusk falls, experience the enchantment of the Night Glow event, as hot air balloons illuminate the racecourse with a breathtaking display. With a dedicated kids’ zone and family friendly activities, it makes a great day out for everyone.

When is it?

7th September 2024

Where is it?

Hereford Racecourse, Hereford

Is there an Entry Fee?

Yes, tickets for the Herefordshire & South Wales Balloon Festival start at £10 for children and £15 for adults.

What’s on at the Herefordshire & South Wales Balloon Festival?

  • Mass balloon ascent

  • Delicious food options

  • Thrilling rides

  • Live entertainment

  • Family-friendly activities and kids' zone

  • Tethered balloon rides

  • Night Glow event

Herefordshire & South Wales Balloon Festival FAQ's

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Virgin Balloon Flights won’t be in attendance at the Herefordshire & South Wales Balloon Festival, however if you’d like to experience the beauty of the Welsh & English countryside, you can fly with us from Raglan and Cheltenham.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Yes, Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

What Time is the Event Open?

12pm - 10pm

hot air balloons being inflated

Sky Safari at Longleat

Sky Safari at Longleat has become renowned as Europe's largest annual hot air balloon festival. Each year, over 100 balloons of various shapes and sizes grace the Wiltshire skies, painting a vibrant picture against the backdrop of Longleat House. Among the special attractions were beloved animal shaped balloons, including Longleat's own Simbaloo the lion and the adorable penguin trio—Puddles, Splash, and Tall Steve.

From majestic mass launches to intimate tethered displays, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The festival's reputation for awe-inspiring sights and unforgettable experiences has made it a must-visit event for balloon enthusiasts and families alike. While confirmation for this year's event is pending, memories of past Sky Safari experiences linger, promising potential for another magical gathering if the event returns.

When is it?

Dates unconfirmed for 2024

Where is it?

Longleat, Warminster

hot air balloons flying over Bristol at sunrise

Telford Balloon Festival

The Telford Balloon Fiesta holds a special place in our hearts as it takes place in the town where our Virgin Balloon Flights headquarters is located. This annual ballooning event, held in Telford every August, transforms Telford Town Park into a vibrant spectacle with around 18 balloons, including captivating special shapes. Among the festival's highlights are the mass ascensions, which occur at sunrise and sunset, drawing crowds to witness the breathtaking sight of balloons taking flight against the backdrop of Telford’s picturesque town park.

When is it?

Dates unconfirmed for 2024

Where is it?

Telford Town Park

Can I Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights at the Festival?

Yes! We do provide daily flights from the Telford Balloon Fiesta, providing an opportunity to experience the magic of ballooning firsthand. You'll have the unique experience of flying alongside numerous other balloons as we ascend together in a mass balloon ascent, creating unforgettable memories high above the festival grounds.

So, if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary to enjoy this summer, hot air balloon festivals offer an unparalleled experience that combines the thrill of flight with the beauty of community and celebration. Whether you're enjoying the vibrant displays of balloons soaring into the sky, indulging in delicious food and entertainment, or taking flight yourself for an unforgettable adventure, these festivals promise cherished memories that will last a lifetime. So, mark your calendars and join us at one of the many hot air balloon festivals across the UK in 2024, where the skies come alive with colour and excitement.

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