Fairs and Events

Labor Day weekend full of hot air balloons

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Mark Smith on October 12, 2016

Harvard, in Illinois, was celebrating Labor Day weekend with its very first annual hot air balloon festival.

The event was scheduled (more…)

Hot air balloons make Derby history

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Barry on October 5, 2016

Fittingly in the run-up to Balloons Around the World Day today, two hot air balloons recently made history when they took off from Derby city centre.

This was the first occasion that a hot air balloon has taken off from a parkland location in a city. The balloon flight was conducted by Nottingham and Derby Hot Air Balloon Club members, from Bass’s Recreation Ground in Derby, on Saturday, October 1.

Speaking prior to the event, the publicity officer of the balloon club, Robin Macey, said that hot air balloons rarely take off from a city centre location. He added that about 17 years earlier, a balloon had lifted off from the Market Place, which is outside the Assembly Rooms. He had managed to capture some amazing photographs from that experience and was hoping to do the same this time, including some aerial views of Derby.

Prior to the event, permission had to be granted from officials of Derby City Council, so that the balloons could take off from the recreation ground. In addition, the pilots had to inform East Midlands Airport to ensure that they were aware of the event. As the location for take-off was so close to the flight corridor, there was a danger of being blown towards the EMA flight path, so the pilots had to ensure that the weather conditions were safe and that there was a northerly breeze.

Nottingham and Derby Hot Air Balloon Club does not offer commercial balloon rides, but members of the public are permitted to apply for membership. The organisation is nonprofit and has two balloons, set up in 1978.

New balloon festival launched for 2017

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Mark Smith on September 13, 2016

The residents and visitors of Eastbourne will enjoy their very own hot air balloon festival next year, according to the Friends of Hampden Park.

The plans for the festival were announced at (more…)

50th anniversary celebrations at Longleat Safari Park

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Barry on September 5, 2016

Longleat Safari Park will be celebrating being open for 50 years in September, with a hot air balloon event.

The anniversary will be celebrated with (more…)

Europe’s largest balloon event helped by Bristol car dealership

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Susan on September 1, 2016

The skies of South West England were recently filled with the sight of over 100 hot air balloons, all taking part in the Bristol International Balloon Festival.

Bristol welcomed thousands of (more…)

Hot air balloon in shape of a head promotes peace

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Barry on August 16, 2016

The residents of Tel Aviv were recently left amazed at the sight of a (more…)

Planning underway for Louisiana balloon festival

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Mark Smith on August 9, 2016

Plans for the next hot air balloon festival in Gonzales, Louisiana are well under way, with (more…)

Family festival features bulldog-shaped hot air balloons

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Mark Smith on June 13, 2016

A new festival offering family-friendly entertainment took place in Nottingham recently. From 27th to 29th May, the Tunes and Balloons Fiesta featured (more…)

Missouri businessman organises balloon glow at local event

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Mark Smith on June 8, 2016

A businessman in Missouri will be organising a balloon glow on Friday 17th June, as part of the Fulton Street Fair.

The fair will be running for (more…)

Hot air balloons to fly over the city of London

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Barry on May 20, 2016

A Hot Air Balloon Regatta will take place in the city of London during June 2016, to help raise funds and awareness of (more…)

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