The beauty of the Lincolnshire countryside is best seen from above and on one of our Lincolnshire hot air balloon rides you’ll be able to appreciate it from this unique perspective. We have four launch sites to choose so there’s bound to be one near you.

Grantham (Belton Woods)

The first of our two launch sites in Grantham launches from the Belton Woods Hotel. This 4* hotel boasts 475 acres of tranquil countryside, a PGA Championship approved golf course, spa and luxury lodges. [caption id="attachment_9913" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Belton Woods Hotel[/caption] As you drift up, up and away, you can expect good views of the Vale of Belvoir, an area of natural beauty which includes the town of Melton Mowbray, famous for its delicious pork pies. [caption id="attachment_9914" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Vale of Belvoir[/caption] Nearby Loughborough and Nottinghamshire may come into view too on your Grantham hot air balloon ride.

Grantham (Stoke Rochford Hall)

Our second launch site in Grantham takes off from Stoke Rochford Hall. This Victorian country mansion, now a hotel and golf resort, is set in 28 acres of formal gardens and surrounded by 1000 acres of rolling parkland. Designed and built by the famous Scottish architect William Burn, the hall was built in the early 1840’s for Sir Christopher Turnor, a local landowner. A fire in 2005 destroyed most of the south side of the building however it has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. [caption id="attachment_9915" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Stoke Rochford Hall[/caption] Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke of Rutland, is close by and occupies a commanding position with breathtaking views across the Vale of Belvoir. Its magical woodland garden set in a natural amphitheatre and sloping lawns lead down to the Rose and Statue Gardens. [caption id="attachment_9916" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Belvoir Castle[/caption] With such gloriously rich landscapes and heritage to look down upon from the comfort of the basket, or to explore on the ground, this beauty of this area really can be best appreciated on a balloon ride with Virgin Balloon Flights.

Stamford Meadows

Our launch site in Stamford Meadows is a scenic spot north west of Peterborough, in the lovely Lincolnshire town of Stamford. It is widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England and is a favourite with film and television producers. Stamford has made an appearance in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice and the film The Da Vinci Code. [caption id="attachment_9917" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Stamford[/caption] You may be lucky to spot Burghley House, England’s greatest Elizabethan house, from your balloon. The historic parkland that surrounds it was designed by Capability Brown and is still occupied by a herd of fallow deer. It also plays host to the renowned Burghley Horse Trials every summer. [caption id="attachment_9918" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Burghley House[/caption] Hot air balloon rides from this launch site also often drift over towards Grantham, the birthplace of the late Margaret Thatcher.

Grimsthorpe Castle (Bourne)

Another picturesque site we launch from is Grimsthorpe Castle. More of an historic house, than a castle, this 13th century building is still an impressive sight surrounded by parkland. [caption id="attachment_9919" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Grimsthorpe Castle[/caption] Appreciate the beauty of the East Midlands on your flight as you also take in the views over nearby Stamford and Grantham. Rebecca Cains will be your pilot for these Lincolnshire sites. A keen adventurer from a young age, she loves nothing more than “making people’s dreams come true” by flying them in a hot air balloon. See you in the skies!