• A Snowy Morning In Staffordshire
  • The Roar Of The Burners!

Fly from three prestigious Staffordshire venues:

  • Shugborough Hall, the NT home of Lord Lichfield, near Stafford.
  • The Trentham Estate,  home to the famous Italianate Gardens.
  • Aston Marina, near Stone.

These venues are all quite different, and yet hugely appealing in their own right. Shugborough Hall is a National Trust property, set in 1000 acres of parkland, whilst The Trentham Estate, once the home of the Duke of Sutherland, now hosts a range of fabulous restaurants, retail outlets, gardens and lake. Aston Marina, is a fantastic venue set on the Trent & Mersey canal near Stone, and offering restaurant, bar, wedding venue and boat mooring.

All venues are with 15 minutes of the M6 motorway, and within an hour’s drive of Birmingham or Manchester. Read on for more details……

  • Shuborough Hall - Home of Lord Lichfield
  • Essex Bridge, Near Shugborough

Shugborough Hall

We first began flying from Shugborough Hall more than 25 years ago, and have now flown more than 50,000 passengers!

The former home of Lord Lichfield (perhaps better known as Patrick Lichfield, the photographer), Shugborough Hall is now managed by The National Trust. Over the years, it was a great honour for us to take Lord Lichfield himself on balloon flights from the Hall, and although he has since passed away we are proud to consider Shugborough as the home of Wickers World.

Set in beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it is hard to imagine a better setting for your hot air balloon ride.

  • A Fabulous Sunrise Flight!
  • Take Off!

Trentham Gardens

Further to the north we have our second launch site, at Trentham Gardens. This is a magnificent setting, and part of the hugely successful Trentham Estate, which incorporates a high quality range of retail outlets and restaurants in addition to the beautifully restored Italian Gardens. On the edge of the Estate you will find the wonderful Monkey Forest – a unique treat for the whole family – where we also occasionally launch the balloons (without monkey help!).

Trentham is located close to the Potteries, and is within 10 minutes of the M6 (jct 15). Similarly, Shugborough Hall is only about 10 minutes from junction 13 of the M6, close to Stafford. Both venues allow easy access to other attractions such as Alton Towers, Wedgwood and Drayton Manor Park to name but a few.

  • Say Cheese!
  • Flying Low Over The Water

Aston Marina near Stone

We’ve been launching balloons from Aston Marina since 2018, and have been invited to make many more wonderful scheduled flights from this fantastic venue!

Located midway between our other Staffordshire launch sites at Shugborough Hall and Trentham Gardens, Aston Marina makes a natural and welcome addition to our location options.

Simple to find, and offering a wealth of other amenities such as restaurant, bar, function facilities and mooring for canal boats, Aston Marina is a fabulous destination in its own right.

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