A Virgin hot air balloon flying over the countryside in the north east of england

North East Hot Air Balloon Rides

Experience Stunning Views For Miles in Every Direction

The North East of England offers a stunning and varied landscape perfect for hot air balloon rides. Experience the rolling countryside, glimpse dramatic coastlines in the distance, beautiful national parks and dales, as well as views of historic towns and cities.

North East Hot Air Balloon Experiences

Why Choose A North East Hot Air Balloon Ride

Ditch the usual Sunday drive and take off on an epic hot air balloon adventure in the North East! Unlike other regions, here you'll soar above a vast landscape unlike any other.

  • Rolling hills with a rich history: Peppered with charming villages and historic castles, remnants of a Nordic past waiting to be explored from a whole new angle.
  • National parks at your fingertips: The North East boasts not one, but two incredible national parks.
  • Convenient Launch Site Locations: Sites located near Darlington, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle upon Tyne.

It's time to break away from the ordinary and get ready for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride in the North East!

North East Hot Air Balloon Launch Sites

Bishop Auckland

Experience the North East’s captivating and rugged landscape as you go up, up and away on an unforgettable County Durham hot air balloon ride. Take to the skies for the flying experience…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Bishop Auckland

Virgin Balloon Flights Launch sites in the North East are close to major towns and cities, making your epic adventure easy to reach. However, where this might not be the case everywhere – launch sites in the North West might be a better fit.

Ready to get started? Choose your nearest location from our wide selection, or explore North East launch sites below.

Hot Air Balloon Festivals North East

The Northumberland Balloon Festival is a vibrant celebration, featuring a spectacular array of hot air balloons in all shapes and colours.

The festival offers a mix of aerial displays, tethered rides, and activities, including live music, food stalls, and family-friendly fun.

As day turns to night, the magical Night Glow event lights up the sky with synchronised balloon illuminations, followed by a breathtaking fireworks finale.

Perfect for all ages, this festival is a must-see event that promises unforgettable memories and a truly uplifting experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect to see on a hot air balloon flight in the North East of England?

Soar above rolling hills and charming villages and perhaps you'll spot the rugged coastline in the distance. Sunrise or sunset, this unforgettable adventure will leave you awestruck.

What specific landmarks could see from North East launch sites?

Our main launch site takes off from the Witton Castle Country Park. Depending on the wind, you might see the North Sea coast, Raby Castle, or even the Yorkshire Dales. Keep an eye out for Durham Cathedral's silhouette on a clear day.

Are these flight vouchers only valid for the North East region?

No, Virgin Balloon Flights Vouchers are valid nationwide – simply purchase your balloon ride vouchers and you will be able to book at over 100 launch sites nationwide.

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