Dorset (Folke)

Alternative Launch Site

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Launch Site Address

Folke Golf Centre, Folke Lane, Alweston

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Dorset Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

The first location to ever make the UNESCO World Heritage list was the Jurassic coast in Dorset.


Stunning views over delightful Dorset await when you take to the skies with Virgin Balloon Flights over this beautiful county.

Unforgettable vistas await as you go up, up and away from the picturesque Folke Golf Centre, near Sherborne for the ultimate Dorset hot air balloon flight experience.

Take life higher in the heart of Blackmore Vale, with Sherborne Castle and Gardens to the north and beautiful patchwork countryside to the south, west and east.

The scenic Lenthay Common lies to the north west, while further north lies Holway Woods Nature Reserve.

If your flight takes you south, with the right wind and a clear day you might spot the famous Cerne Giant or even cars circling the somewhat more modern Clay Pigeon Raceway.

A Dorset hot air balloon with with Virgin is an experience that leaves you with spectacular memories to last a lifetime.


Head out of Sherborne in the A352 and after one mile, turn left onto the B3030, signposted North Wootton.
After 1.5 miles and having passed through North Wootton, you will reach the crossroads in Alweston. Turn right at the crossroads onto Folke Lane and after a short distance, the golf centre is on your right.

Please park in the far right hand side of the car park (furthest from the clubhouse). If the gates to the centre are locked when you arrive, please park just outside them on Folke Lane until your pilot and crew arrive, taking care not to restrict or block the road.

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Passenger Flight Information Line

Please call 01725 530190 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Steve Vining

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