Frequently Asked Questions
Can I give it as a gift?
Yes! A balloon flight makes a wonderful gift for a relative or friend for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, etc. You can order a gift voucher on-line now and you can have your voucher pack sent to you instantly by e-mail or by post. Or if you prefer, telephone us on 01252 844222
Our full colour gift vouchers are ideal to give them on the day. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Our 20 page map pack includes launch site details, check in times and practical information about the flight to help you enjoy your ballooning experience.
The recipient then makes the flight at any time during our flying season from April to October. Or you may wish to arrange a complete surprise flight for a special date.
Is there an age limit?
We have no upper age limit but ballooning is an outdoor sport requiring a degree of agility. All passengers must be medically fit to fly, able to climb in and out of the basket and to stand for about an hour.
We use partitioned baskets specially designed to ensure safety, comfort and a superb view. Baskets are about 1.1 metres (42 inches) high, with footholes to assist entry and seats for extra safety on landing. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult on the flight and must be over 8 years old, and their height must exceed 1.4 metres (4'6"). In the interests of safety and operational requirements we cannot undertake the carriage of passengers whose declared weight exceeds 18 stone (114kg).
What time of day do we meet?
Balloon flights are made either early morning or evening. Times depend on sunrise and sunset, so vary throughout the season. Typically in May, we meet you at 6am for morning flights, and 6pm for evening flights.
How far ahead should we book?
You can book a date for your flight by registering and logging in on our date availability page on this web site or by calling our office.
Our main ballooning season runs from April to October. For 2012 we will start our hot air balloon flights in some areas from Thursday 8th March. We do not provide flights during the winter months as the weather is less suitable and ground conditions can also be very wet and boggy.
Can we help in the balloon preparation?
Yes, in fact flying in a hot air balloon in the UK is very much a participative activity and many of our passengers feel this adds to the experience. You can help our experienced ground crew and pilot with the preparation and inflation of the balloon or just watch and take pictures. After the flight have fun helping pack the enormous balloon away into its seemingly tiny bag.
What is good ballooning weather?
For a successful flight we require light winds, no rain and good visibility. Call us at the time specified in your map pack to confirm if the weather permits us to fly, and if so the meeting time and place. Should we have to cancel your flight at short notice for reasons such as bad weather, we ask you to reschedule your flight as soon as possible to suit your timetable. For more details of what makes good ballooning weather see our balloon weather page.
What do I wear?
Sensible outdoor clothes as if you were going for a walk in the country. Do not wear skirts, shorts, synthetic fibres such as nylon and loose jewellery. Ideal footwear include flat shoes, or even better Wellingtons or walking boots, especially in Spring and Autumn, when fields may be damp. Temperatures in the air are warmer than those on the ground due to the heat of the burners so do take a hat to avoid the heat from the burners, particularly on evening flights.
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