October2016

Why is a balloon ride over Bath the most magical Christmas gift?

Filed under: Balloon flight benefits — Posted by: Barry on October 29, 2016

If you are the kind of person who likes to be organised well in advance of the festive season, now is the perfect time to start planning your Christmas presents. If you want to ensure that all of your recipients get the perfect gift – the one that will leave them speechless on Christmas morning – you may want to consider the most magical of Christmas presents: hot air balloon rides in Bath. (more…)

Russian priest to build world’s largest hot air balloon

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Stories — Posted by: Barry on October 26, 2016

The largest hot air balloon in the world is going to be built by a Russian adventurer and a (more…)

The top 5 unique Christmas gifts for couples in Bristol

Filed under: Balloon flight benefits — Posted by: Susan on October 23, 2016

Whether you are looking for an interesting gift to give your other half, instead of the usual perfume and chocolates, this Christmas, or you are looking for a unique gift to give a couple you are close to, we’ve got you covered with our top 5 unique Christmas gifts for couples in Bristol. Read on to get inspired: (more…)

Skydivers recreate playground days 6,000ft in the air

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Stories — Posted by: Susan on October 19, 2016

Four fearless skydivers revisited their childhood days in the playground, as they jumped from (more…)

Need a unique Christmas gift in Gloucestershire? Book a hot air balloon flight

Filed under: Balloon flight benefits — Posted by: Barry on October 17, 2016

As Christmas is just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about presents. If you’re bored of buying your loved ones the same old gifts year after year, why not make 2016 the Christmas when you bowl them over with your generosity and imagination? (more…)

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.