Northampton Balloon Festival

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Launch Site Address

The Racecourse, Kettering Road

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Northampton Balloon Festival Balloon Rides


Prepare to be enchanted as the skies above Northamptonshire come alive with a spectacular display of hot air balloons. Take part in a weekend filled with thrilling balloon flights, captivating entertainment, and fun activities for the whole family.

Experience the magic of dawn and dusk balloon launches, marvel at the intricately designed balloons, and enjoy live music, delicious food, and exciting attractions throughout the festival grounds, such as birds of prey.

Don't miss out on an unforgettable experience at the Northampton Balloon Festival!

🟢 Dates have been confirmed for the next Northampton Balloon Festival.

Northampton Balloon Festival Information

🎈 Will Virgin Balloon Flights be at the Northampton Balloon Festival this year?

No, we will not be at the Northampton Balloon Festival. However, we are taking part in many hot air balloon festivals this year.

If you are keen to take to the skies with us at another balloon fiesta, or you're searching for ideas on the perfect family day out, check out our ultimate guide to UK hot air balloon festivals.

We also have a nearby launch sites in Northampton, Milton Keynes & Rugby.

🗓️ When is the Northampton Balloon Festival?

16th - 18th August 2024

What’s on at the Northampton Balloon Festival?

  • Colourful hot air balloon displays

  • Live arena entertainment

  • Vibrant funfair for all ages

  • Thrilling circus workshop

  • Majestic birds of prey exhibition

  • Trade stalls offering a variety of goods

  • Hot air balloon glow at sunset

  • Dazzling fireworks display

  • Festival food and drink options

When Will the Balloons Fly?

There are planned launches between 6 pm and 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Additionally, there's a planned morning ascent on Saturday and Sunday between 6 am and 7:30 am.

Other Hot Air Balloon Festivals

If the dates for this festival don’t quite work for you and you're looking to plan the dates for a memorable balloon packed weekend outing, check out our quick guide to the UK balloon festival calendar and explore fiestas happening throughout the year.


Public parking for Northampton Town Festival is clearly sign-posted during the weekend, so please follow directions and park in one of the general visitor car parks.

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