As the British ballooning season gets into full swing and our Virgin hot air balloons rise in the glorious spring sunshine, a quiet corner of Gloucestershire will roar into life as National Hunt Racing’s showpiece, the Cheltenham Festival, prepares to crown the sport's new champions. For race-goers the atmosphere at the event - which hosts the famous Gold Cup - is electric and the experience unforgettable; most will tell you nothing comes close, but at Virgin Balloon Flights we take a slightly different view. We think nothing beats a view of the racecourse from a few hundred feet up in the air. [caption id="attachment_4173" align="alignright" width="442"]hot air balloon York racecourse Virgin balloon takes off from York racecourse[/caption] We love Britain’s historic and beautiful racecourses (mainly because they are great to take-off from!) and we’re very pleased to be able to offer the magic of the stunning arena that is Cheltenham Racecourse as a launch site. Flying from here offers magnificent views of Prestbury Park, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire’s green and pleasant landscape. Flights from Cheltenham offer a privileged view of the course that has crowned Champion’s such as Kauto Star, Long Run and Big Bucks. It is an experience not to be forgotten; a truly unique flight that will literally give a whole new perspective on the sport of kings. A balloon flight from a famous racecourse makes for the perfect gift for any fan of horse racing. For the Frankel fan, why not re-live his historic 2012 International Stakes win with a flight from York Racecourse or for those looking for an urban twist try flying from Worcester’s city centre racecourse. We also offer a variety of other race course launch sites including Nottingham’s central racecourse. So, if you’re one of the 200,000 heading to Cheltenham this March or amongst the 6,000,000 who go racing every year, why not consider taking a different view of these historic sporting arenas by hot air balloon. Just one of our Cotswold hot air balloon rides launch sites, book your own sky-high adventure over the region here.