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.