The beautiful county of Kent, often referred to as the ‘Garden Of England’, is home to four Virgin Balloon Flights launch sites, including the pretty village of Headcorn.
Located in the Headcorn Aerodrome itself, the site also offers the opportunity to while away the hours watching all forms of small private aircraft as they take off and land before or after your hot air balloon ride.
A glance at a local map will reveal a rich tapestry of surrounding countryside, sprinkled with the odd oast house and dozens of typical country villages, guaranteed to grab your attention from the basket.
Nearby lies the elegant spa town of Tunbridge Wells, while just a few miles from the town are some fascinating landmarks including ‘Batemans’, the former home of the poet and author, Rudyard Kipling and Bodiam Castle, set like a fairytale castle in its pretty moat.
With the region’s hop growing heritage and an abundance of excellent local inns, there is no better selection of local ales and watering holes to choose from should you feel a little thirsty post-flight.
With its gently rolling hills and sloping vales, villages and hidden history, the county itself offers the balloonist a first-class area to explore.
From Maidstone, travel south on the A274. Travel through Headcorn, across the railway bridge (still on the A274) and turn left approximately half a mile south of Headcorn, signposted Headcorn Aerodrome. Take the first left into the aerodrome, park in the car park from where the balloon and crew will be visible and make your way over to be greeted.