A hot air balloon ride from Uttoxeter Racecourse offers some of the best views Staffordshire has to offer.
Probably the town’s most famous landmark, sitting in an enviable country landscape very close to the town centre, the racecourse is home to the Midland Grand National, the Midland Counties Show and no less than 25 exciting race days. Situated on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire a hot air balloon ride from this location affords a myriad of possibilities.
From the air and upstream of the racecourse, the River Dove’s stunning valley of Dovedale might be spotted meandering through the world famous Peak District National Park.
North West could show you the delights of the potteries made famous by Wedgewood, Royal Doulton and Spode from an entirely new perspective.
Back on the ground and post-flight, there is much to take in in this market town, including the ‘Spook’ market on a Friday, specialist retailers, a library, a 17th Century heritage centre, a collection of characterful inns and Croxden Abbey to name but a few.
And given the famous malted milk biscuit originates from Uttoxeter, there’s no excuse not to find a nice little coffee house in which to refuel, refresh and reflect on your glorious flight.
The racecourse is situated just off the A50 between Burton on Trent and Stoke on Trent. It is clearly signposted from the A50, A515, A518 and Uttoxeter Town Centre.
Approach the racecourse along Wood Lane (do not follow the brown signs in the town for race day car parking). Take the second main entrance off Wood Lane through the large iron gates. Just inside the gates is a stone track on the right hand side that runs up to the cricket pavilion.
Please park on the grass along this track. The balloon team will meet you at this point before moving to the centre of the racecourse to fly.
The facilities at Uttoxeter Racecourse are available for balloon flight passengers to use if required.