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Oakwood House, Oakwood Park
ME16 8AE

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Maidstone Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

Maidstone’s coat of arms includes a lion and a dinosaur. Not just any dinosaur, but Iggy the Iguanadon, whose skeleton was discovered in a town quarry back in 1834. He’s the first dinosaur to feature on any coat of arms, with a cast of the 125-million year old ‘resident’ on display in Maidstone Museum.


Go up, up and away on the magnificent airborne adventure of Kent hot air balloon ride.

As you take to the skies, the beautiful countryside below comes into view, giving new appreciation to the well-known moniker ‘The Garden of England’.

Your unforgettable ballooning experience begins at Oakwood House in Maidstone.

While the River Medway meanders through the fields below, you’ll travel majestically and serenely wherever the wind takes you.

See if you can spot Bydews Woods or Whatman Park on the river banks or catch a glimpse of Clare Park to the south.

Or you may find yourself drifting serenely over the quintessentially English town centre of Maidstone.

We’ve been taking you up on unforgettable Kent hot air balloon rides for almost 25 years. Join thousands of others who have taken life higher with Virgin Balloon Flights - the UK's premier passenger balloon operator.



Leave the M20 at junction 5 heading towards Maidstone, Allington, West Malling A20.

At the first roundabout turn left onto the A20 sign posted Maidstone & Allington. Go straight across the next roundabout and under a railway bridge.

After approximately one mile you will approach a set of traffic lights with the “London Road Retail Park” on the left hand side. At these traffic lights turn right into Queens Road.

After approximately a quarter of a mile, on the left is the entrance and sign post for Oakwood Park/Oakwood House. The meeting point is under a white 'Oakwood House' sign at the entrance to the venue’s car park.

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