Upper Bucklebury (Back-Up Site)


Launch Site Address

The Cottage Inn, 26 Broad Lane
Upper Bucklebury

Upper Bucklebury (Back-Up Site)


Upper Bucklebury is a back-up site for our Newbury and Henley-On-Thames launch sites. Your flight may be moved here on the day.

Ideally placed to offer gorgeous views of the rolling landscape of the Chiltern Hills.

Further information about back-up sites and why and when they may be used can be found here or within the information sent with your balloon flight voucher.

You will meet you pilot and the balloon crew in the car park at the back of The Cottage Inn. This welcoming family pub and restaurant offers a great opportunity to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat either before or after your hot air balloon adventure.


Travelling along the A4 between Newbury and Reading, at the roundabout on the edge of Thatcham, take the exit signposted for Upper Bucklebury and Cold Ash (left coming from Newbury and right coming from Reading). At the following roundabout take the third exit onto Harts Hill Road signposted for Upper Bucklebury. Follow this road for just over 1 mile, merging onto Broad Lane, and the Cottage Inn is on your left.

The restaurant opens at midday and serves food till 2pm (closes at 3pm). Re-opens at 5pm and food service begins at 6pm. There are toilets but unfortunately no disabled toilets.

Passenger Flight Information Line

Please call 01491 524 215 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Ed Chapman

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