Tewkesbury is steeped in history and is noted for the Battle of Tewkesbury, which took place on 4 May 1471. At the ‘Bloody Meadow’, Edward IV’s Yorkist forces defeated the House of Lancaster in a historic battle of the Wars of the Roses with a bloody aftermath.
Tewkesbury was incorporated during the reign of Elizabeth I. A pretty market town dominated by timber framed buildings in the English county of Gloucestershire, it is a perfect spot from which to begin your hot air balloon ride.
The glory of the town is its 11th century abbey, The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, which is the second largest parish church in the country and a former Benedictine monastery.
Your hot air balloon takes off from Croft Farm Waterpark, located just outside Tewkesbury and nestled in the scenic River Avon Valley.
Looking south you will see the spa town of Cheltenham and enjoy views over the stunning Cotswolds, the country’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If the wind carries your balloon in an easterly direction, you will spot the Malvern Hills, often described as a mountain range in miniature and home to some of the oldest rocks in Britain.
With more than 4,500 acres of countryside to marvel at from the unique perspective of a hot air balloon, a balloon ride from Tewkesbury is sure to amaze and inspire.
Whichever direction your balloon travels, Tewkesbury is a beautiful and memorable place to fly from.
From Tewkesbury, head north east on B4080. Croft Farm is located approximately 1.5 miles from Tewkesbury on B4080.
You will see the water park signs on the left hand side, opposite the Cross Keys Inn.
There are security gates at the entrance of the park. If these are locked, please wait for the Virgin Balloon Team to arrive before entering.
The launch field is just inside the park on the right hand side.