Hot air balloon flights

The hot air balloon ride will last about one hour but you will need to allow 3-4 hours for the whole experience. You can fly from either of our launch areas South Downs West from Chichester, West Meon, Petersfield, Fernhurst or Farnham alternatively South Downs East Brighton, Wisborough Green, Worthing or Cowfold. When you meet on the launch site you will be checked in. After the passenger safety briefing is complete the hot air balloon will be prepared for flight. As part of the experience you can if you wish help the crew. When all the safety checks are complete the adventure begins.

Weather conditions

Hot air ballooning is very weather dependent. We need light surface winds, below 10 mph with no rain and good visibility. We always obtain the latest weather forecasts before making a decision to fly. Passenger safety and enjoyment are our prime considerations so if conditions do force a cancellation we will rearrange your trip for the next mutually convenient date.

Balloon taking off

What do I wear on a hot air balloon ride?

We recommend you wear casual clothing suitable for a country walk, including long trousers and flat shoes or walking boots. Not short trousers, skirts or high heels. Please bear in mind that fields may be wet or muddy. A hat may be needed for those who are a little thin on top as the burner radiates heat. In a hot air balloon there is no wind chill and you are exposed to the morning (getting warmer) or evening (less warmth) sun.

After the flight how do we get back to our cars?

Our retrieve crew follow the hot air balloon in a Land Rover Defender. The pilot is in constant radio contact with them so they know where the winds are taking us. Part of their job is to communicate with the landowner after the hot air balloon has landed. They then come and join us and take both the balloon and passengers back to the launch field.

The rides balloon in the air

Are there any restrictions on who can fly?

Ballooning is an outdoor activity usually in the open countryside. Participants are required to have a degree of fitness and mobility. If you are in any doubt you should consult your Doctor. It is essential that you advise us of any medical condition (including pregnancy). Children must be over 1.2 metres tall, of minimum age seven years and be accompanied by an adult.

Booking an open dated balloon flight

To make a reservation or purchase a flight voucher simply log into our secure online booking system. Then your vouchers will be emailed or posted to you. Please then contact the office to arrange a suitable time for your balloon flight.

our retrieve vehicle