Launch Site Address

Draycote Water, The Showground
CV22 6NR

Rugby Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

While most famous as the birthplace of its namesake sport, Rugby was also where the first prototype of the jet engine was built. Sir Frank Whittle created the prototype in 1937 but there were so many complaints about loud noises from testing and accompanying questions about what was a top secret project, in the end development moved away from the town.


Indulge in a stunning Rugby hot air balloon ride and enjoy the Warwickshire countryside from the comfort of your balloon basket.

Go up, up and away from near the shoreline of the beautiful Draycote Water nature reserve in lovely countryside between Rugby and Daventry.

As you drift higher and higher, the market towns and rolling hills will give plenty of photo opportunities.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime when you hop on board our iconic big red balloon to go wherever the wind takes you.

The historic town of Rugby, famous for the sport which takes its name and Coventry, named the 2021 City of Culture, will both be on the horizon no matter which direction the wind takes you.


From Rugby head south on the A426 signposted towards Southam and Dunchurch. Pass through the village of Dunchurch and cross over the M45. As you leave the village you will enter a 50 mile an hour zone, continue for half a mile and the entrance to the launch site is on your right hand side. There is a Virgin Balloon Flights banner on the gate.

If you get to the Draycote Water sailing club signs, you have gone to far.

If gate is closed please wait for the crew to arrive. If gate is open please drive in on the concrete farm road and park on the grass near the road, before the barn area.

Please note there a no toilet facilities available at launch site.

Passenger Flight Information Line

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

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Peter Philpott

Look forward to... floating on air exceptional views breath-taking heights going with the wind the world at your feet