Fun & Interesting Facts
Gold Hill is the fifth steepest street in England. In the iconic Hovis bread advert filmed back in 1973, the young chap pushing his bike up its cobbled incline before free-wheeling back down was 13-year-old Carl Barlow, went on to have a 30-year career as a firefighter.
Experience the airborne adventure of a lifetime on a spectacular Dorset hot air balloon ride with Virgin Balloon Flights.
Go up, up and away from our beautiful launch site near Shaftesbury and enjoy stunning views of this glorious and idyllic landscape.
Appreciate first-hand the breath-taking countryside so vividly described in the books of Thomas Hardy, who re-named his fictional version of the town ‘Shaston’.
If the wind takes you over Shaftesbury itself, see if you can spot the iconic cobbled Gold Hill, which starred in the famous Hovis bread advert.
No other flying experience comes close to the feeling you get on a majestic Dorset hot air balloon ride.
Whichever way the wind takes you over pretty patchwork fields, valleys and hills, a flight in our big red balloon is something you will never forget.