Market Harborough


Launch Site Address

The Cattle Market, Foxton Road
Lubenham, Market Harborough
LE16 7RY

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Market Harborough Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

Foxton Locks, built in 1810, are the longest and steepest staircase locks in England. Made up of two sets of five locks with a small basin between for boats to pass, it takes the canal down (or up) an impressive 75 feet.


An unforgettable airborne adventure awaits when you take to the skies on a majestic Leicestershire hot air balloon ride.

Go up, up and away from right next door to the spectacular Foxton Locks, just outside Market Harborough and admire this impressive feat of Victorian engineering from on high.

Whichever direction the wind takes you, beautiful views of open countryside await.

Keep an eye out for colourful narrowboats travelling along the Grand Union Canal, with Foxton Locks seeing up to 40 a day traverse up and down during the peak summer season.

To the east, with the right wind you might travel far enough to spot the 900-year-old Rockingham Castle.

Nothing compares to the unique experience of a Leicestershire hot air balloon ride with Virgin Balloon Flights.


From the A6, turn into Langton Road at the crossroads, signposted Foxton. Travel along this road for approximately 1.5 miles, continuing all the way through Foxton village.
As you leave the village, follow the road to the left. Drive past the turn for Foxton Locks itself on your right and take the next right onto Foxton Road, signposted Livestock Market.
Travel along Foxton Road for just under half a mile and the Livestock Market is on your left.

If the double metal gates are open, please drive in and park on the right hand side, by the grassed area. If the gates are locked, please park up safely and considerately and wait for your balloon crew, who will be along shortly to open the gate.

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

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Peter Philpott

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