Royston (Back-Up Site)


Launch Site Address

Royston (Greys), Therfield Road

Royston (Back-Up Site)


One of our back-up launch sites, your flight may be moved here on the day.

Nature lovers couldn’t ask for a better hot air balloon launch site than Greys Farm, near Royston in the beautiful North Chilterns.

The farmland has been reappointed as a natural landscape for wildlife, making it an ecological paradise for the start of your Virgin Balloon ride.

The North Chiltern ridge is a regionally important area for migrating birds and Greys is next to the tree-lined ridge of Therfield Heath.

A Virgin Balloon flight will take you over the rolling chalk-land, formerly grassland, with its distinctive patterns of old beech copses and hedge lines, sparsely decorating the landscape.

Greys itself has won national awards for wildlife restoration and aims to restore key Red List species, such as Corn Buntings, Skylarks, Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers.

Views from Therfield Heath include a testing racetrack for horses as well as Therfield Hill, which is crowned by a water tower.

Hot air balloon rides over the Chilterns will likely travel over the busy market town of Royston.

Other sights from your balloon may include Wimpole Hall and Home Farm, with its vast parkland and rare cattle breeds as well as Shepreth Wildlife Park, with a wide range of exotic animals.

After you land from your awe-inspiring balloon ride, why not go for a walk on Therfield Heath or visit many of the pretty surrounding towns and villages.


The launch site is set just inside the main entrance to the property by the white sign on the east side of Therfield Road.

Please park on the mown grass area adjacent to the launch site, where your pilot and balloon crew will meet you.

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Please call 01234 867737 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Martin Collinson

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