Alternative Launch Site

This is an alternative location for our main bookable launch sites. For bookable launch sites, see suggestions below or search all locations.

Launch Site Address

Bourn, Cambridge
CB23 2TQ

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Cambridge Hot Air Balloon Ride

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The rules for modern football were first established in a local Cambridge park in 1848. Those rules went on to form the basis of the FA’s official rules set out in 1863


Adventure awaits when you take to the skies for an unforgettable Cambridge hot air balloon ride.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take in breath-taking bird’s-eye views over this historic city.

Depending on which direction the wind takes your adventure, see if you can spot Kings College Chapel and Cambridge University Library, or even the dramatic Fitzwilliam Museum.

With gorgeous city views or glorious rolling countryside stretching out in a 360 panorama, no other flying adventure compares to our unique ballooning experiences.

Go up, up and away for a majestic Cambridge hot air balloon experience and appreciate the beauty of eastern England like never before.

Our iconic big red balloon launches from Bourn Airfield - home to the Rural Flying Corps fleet of Cessna aircraft. Steeped in history, this popular flying club dates back to World War II where it was used as a base for heavy bombers.


Bourn Airfield is just eight miles west of Cambridge.
Access is only from Broadway, where the north-west gated entrance will have the Virgin Balloon Flights banner attached.
If the gate is open, enter the airfield, bearing left on the runway for about a quarter of a mile and park on the left by the demountable buildings.
If the gates are locked, please park up and wait for the pilot or one of his crew.
When you have entered the airfield and parked, head over to the balloon trailer.
Please note than once the balloon has launched, the main gate will be locked so any vehicles wishing to leave the site following the launch must have done so by then.

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Please call 01604 215944 to confirm the status of your flight.

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