Your Hot Air Balloon Flight

Your unforgettable Adventure Balloons flight will now take place in an iconic red Virgin hot air balloon.

Flying from the same counties, plus new locations from Virgin’s more than 100 launch sites across the UK, an unforgettable balloon ride is never too far away.


A flight in a hot air balloon is so unlike anything else you will experience in life.

Adventure Balloons provides the opportunity for your first flight by hot air balloon.

The earliest form of flight at almost 250 years old, this was how we first took to the skies - hot air ballooning just has to be one of the most romantic ways to fly.

Whether you choose a morning or evening flight, the experience will be remembered for years to come!

Ready for take off on your balloon flight

Ready for take off on your balloon flight

Looking up the view is like a stained glass window

Looking up the view is like a stained glass window


There is no sensation of movement or rising, just the gentle view of the ground dropping away below you.

Looking up inside the balloon from the wicker basket, the regular shapes of the colourful panels resemble a vast piece of dome like architecture.

There's just a great feeling of peace and tranquillity, heightened by the lack of wind because you are moving with it.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the launch and watch the spectacle of the hot air balloon take off.


Preparation of the balloon for the flight takes about an hour, including a passenger safety briefing from your pilot.

There’s a similar amount of time after landing to pack the balloon away and then return to the launch site in our retrieve vehicle, so you should allow 3-4 hours for the whole experience.

During the flight the balloon will cover anything from 2 to 20 miles, depending on the strength of the wind on the day.

The direction is determined by the wind and that is one of the many magical qualities of ballooning.

Taking off by balloon from Oxford

Taking off by balloon from Oxford

Flying over Reading

In Flight Photograph over Reading

Hot air balloon flight take off from South Park Oxford

Hot air balloon flight take off from South Park Oxford


The balloon travels at heights of up to 5,000 feet. You may fly over villages, towns and countryside and even view wildlife, particularly on morning flights.

You can take advantage of the excellent vantage point that the supremely steady balloon basket provides for aerial photography.

Our balloons are fitted with ‘rotation vents’ which allow the pilot to occasionally rotate the balloon to provide you with a truly 360 panoramic view as you float through the air.

During the flight, your pilot will usually take some in-flight photographs of you in the balloon which you can purchase after the flight.

The flight itself is usually about an hour long, weather and daylight permitting.

We invite you to assist in the preparation of the balloon for the flight and the deflation after if you wish to do so.

After the balloon is packed away the pilot will present the passengers with a flight certificate followed by a celebratory glass of Prosecco or orange juice toast to the balloon flight.

You will then be transported back to the launch site by road.

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Balloon ride take off

Three Hot Air Balloons taking off from an event near Stevenage in Hertfordshire

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