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Bristol

Bristol is the home of ballooning in the UK. It hosts the prestigious Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which attracts over 500,000 visitors each year and around 130 hot air balloons. The world’s largest manufacturer of hot air balloons is also based in Bedminster in Bristol – Cameron Balloons. Established in 1971 by Don Cameron, they have since been manufacturing and shipping hot air balloons around the globe.

In Bristol we fly from the historic Ashton Court Estate, on the outskirts of central Bristol. The impressive mansion house is surrounded by 850 acres of stunning woodland, as well as a vast deer park. This carefully selected site guarantees awe-inspiring views regardless of which direction you fly.

When flying from our Ashton Court launch site, you will see some of Bristol’s most notable landmarks from a whole new perspective. The most iconic feature is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, often used as the symbol of the city of Bristol. The bridge was designed by Brunel and is now a Grade I listed structure. It spans the beautiful Avon Gorge and has attracted worldwide visitors for over 150 years.

From Ashton Court, we often fly over the equally impressive SS Great Britain, now a permanent feature in Bristol Harbour. It was returned home to Bristol in 1970 after working the New York to Australia route as a luxury transatlantic cruiser for many years. The ship is now stored in dry dock and used as a museum and exhibition venue.

When flying over the city we can also often see notable landmarks such as Bristol Cathedral, Temple Meads Station and St Mary Redcliffe Church. In other directions we may fly over Bristol Zoo, and catch a glimpse of its exotic inhabitants. On particularly clear days we can see right into the Welsh Hills on the horizon.

Rest assured, a flight from Bristol will be a memorable one, regardless of which direction you fly!

Bath

In Bath we fly from the magnificent Royal Victoria Park on the outskirts of the Georgian city and just a stone’s throw from the world renowned Royal Crescent. The 57 acre park was formally opened in 1830 and named after the young Princess who was visiting the city at the time. Nowadays, it plays host to Bath’s most prestigious outdoor events.

When taking off from Bath we often fly over local landmarks, such as the Roman Baths and Pulteney Bridge. Pulteney is one of only two bridges in Europe built to support shops – the other is in Florence! Bath is a beautiful city bursting with inspiring museums, galleries and exhibitions all housed in jaw dropping architecture. Bath has over 5,000 listed buildings, most of which can be seen from the skies!

As we drift out of the city you are met by the awe-inspiring rolling countryside of Somerset, dissected by the weaving Kennet and Avon Canal. You may fly over the historic market town of Bradford-on-Avon, or even quaint English villages such as Lacock or Castle Coombe. Whichever way you fly, Bath is surrounded by magical natural beauty. A flight from Bath may even take you over the Cotswolds or Mendips!

A flight from Bath is a memory to cherish for a lifetime!

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