Balloon Meets & Events
Updated 06/07/2020 - Please note that many events have now been cancelled or postponed as a result of the Coronavirus. We do try and check to see what the current situation is on a weekly basis but please contact the organisers directly for confirmation. Updates will also be made in the News section from time to time. Since we first posted this note it is fair to say that going on the meets and gatherings various that have already been cancelled along with Government predictions it is probably highly unlikely that any balloon events or meetings will be held this year. We hope this isn't the case but being realistic this may well be the likely outcome. For us we will not be flying until the situation changes dramatically for the better and only when restrictions and advice from the Government and the CAA make it acceptable to land unannounced on somebodies land, farm or livelihood.
Bristol Balloon Fiesta Cancelled
If you know of, or have, an event you want listed here, we'd be delighted to hear from you, doesn't have to be just ballooning! If you do attend one of these meets it would be great to get some feedback along with some pictures if that is possible, thanks. Email email@example.com
The events and meets listed here are obviously always subject to weather. Some of them are regional club meetings and events and although not 'public events' you will more often than not be able to see and get up close to the balloons, pilots and crews. Where entry fees are posted then that is information for the balloon teams not necessarily an admission charge. If you wish to just go and spectate then you will be made most welcome and entry for spectators at most events is free but please take notice of any instructions that are given to you. They will be for your safety. Flights are generally early morning, shortly after sunrise, and late afternoon. If you want to get involved have a word with the organisers, pilot or crew or check out the British Balloon & Airship Club’s website www.bbac.org where a list of regional clubs can also be found. You will also find details and links to the Regional Clubs on our 'Links' page. Balloon pilots are always on the look out for willing crew!
Balloon Events and Meet
Worldwide list with links at http://www.balloonevents.org/
Free events guide: http://www.free-events.co.uk/
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 18-19 July Staffordshire Balloon Festival Uttoxeter Racecourse Staffordshire. Yet another Tyrrell Galloping Extravanganza. Love these meets on racecourses. As one would expect its free to enter with everything chucked in including gas, camping (with showers), food vouchers and fun prizes. Contact John Tyrrell firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07792 965731
CANCELLED 19 July Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta Standby dates now 19th and 26th July and then 2nd and 9th August. Very early doors to get the opportunity to fly over London. A must do if you haven’t. This year the launch point will be Battersea. For details follow the event on Facebook @exclusiveballooning or keep an eye on the website www.balloonregatta.com
CANCELLED 26 July Lord Mayor's Regatta-Second standby date.
26 July-9 August Sagrantino Cup, Todi, Umbria, Italy. All those that go to this meet give it 10/10. Very relaxed and hugely popular meet with Free gas, breakfast and evening buffet. Did we mention no entry fees? Max 100 balloons. Sponsored by Lindstrand no less. Full details and entry form from www.sagrantinocup.it
CANCELLED 2 August Lord Mayor's Regatta-Third standby date.
CANCELLED 6-9 August Bristol Balloon Fiesta Cross City Flight now planned between 1-14 August. They have a Facebook page to keep you up to date. For full details and parking refund check the website. www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk.
POSTPONED 7-9 August Retro Festival Newbury. The Retro Festival is all things retro, classic cars, scooters, war time vehicles, live music, dancing, antique dealers and day/evening shows. Evening flying slots with additional morning slots in the local area for those interested. Entries are limited, complementary tickets for all balloonists. Website www.retrofestival.co.uk/newbury. Full details from Jonathan Harris email@example.com
CANCELLED 9 August Lord Mayor's Regatta-Last chance cafe standby date.
CONFIRMED 13 August Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks on the night of the 13th Nights each side pretty good as well. Best after eleven o’clock. Out of the constellation Perseus which is near enough north-east.
13-16 August Ballontage Krems. Krems-Langenlois Airfield, Krems, Austria. Don’t know anything about this meet but a nice area. Annual meeting of 30 or so like-minded Austrians, Swiss, Slovenian and German balloonists. Best take a towel. To register an interest www.flugplatz-krems.at/ballonfahren
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 14-16 August Oxford Balloon Festival This is a tbc event so best you get on John Tyrrell’s mailing list for updates. Really pictureskew city to fly over and full of things to do. Although JT seems to have strayed from gee gees Oxford did have a racecourse on Port Meadow and the last race meeting was held there on 20 August 1880. Near enough for a bottle of fizz. Contact John Tyrrell firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07792 965731
21-23 August Black Horse Balloon Club 40th Anniversary Fly Out. This is the Big One bound to be some Old and Rusties at this. Black Horse, Great Missenden, Bucks Further details and entry forms on the website later https://www.bhbc.club/ Contact email@example.com
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 21-23 August Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Glos. Second year for this well-received event. First flight Friday evening finishing on Sunday morning. Night Glows to live music Friday and Saturday. Free to enter with everything chucked in including gas, camping (with showers), food vouchers and fun prizes. You’d be mad to miss this. Contact John Tyrrell firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07792 965731Contact John Tyrrell via email for further details and updates email@example.com.
POSTPONED 21-23 August The Abingdon Air & Country Show, Abingdon Airfield, Oxon. Postponed from May. Sort of private invite only 3-4-40 Region gathering. Numbers limited. Likely to be reviewed later. Contact Jonathan Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
25-30 August 2020 British National Championships Chouppes, France. 2 km to the north of Mirebeau and 20 km North of Poitiers. Competition centre: Ancienne Salle des Fetes at the Mairie. Event director: Jonas Maes (director of the Belgian Balloon Trophy). Maximum entry is 35 teams – non British teams are welcome to enter and all payments can be made in GBP or Euros as you wish. Entry closing date 26th April 2020. Bonjour baby. Entry form and more details: https://forms.gle/pTig65zGT6EDbtf48
26-29 August Barneveld Balloon Festival, Barneveld, Netherlands. Flying from the grounds of Schaffelaar Castle this is a very well attended popular meet. Details from the website: www.ballonfiestabarneveld.nl or contact Monique Hoogeslag email: email@example.com
28-30 August Strathaven Balloon Festival, John Hastie Park, Strathaven in Sunny Scotland. Advertised as the ‘only balloon meet in Scotland’. It may well be as the local tourist office says just that! Loads going on Contact details at: www.strathavenballoonfestival.co.uk. Or clock the faceache page @strthhavenbf
28-31 August Lake District Meet. Black Beth Farm, Ulverston. Doesn’t get better than this for scenery. Definitely a must-do. Keep trying to get to this but its our busy time. Contact and details through the North West Balloon & Airship Club: www.nwbac.com/meets or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
29-30 August Oswestry Balloon Festival Cae Glas Park, Oswestry, Shropshire. Just round the corner from Lindstrand Balloon Technologies then. Great reports on last years meet. Check-in is on the 28th August. Register an interest and for more details email email@example.com
4-6 September Montgolfiade de Thouars Thouars, Deux-Sevres, France. This is where the Cloudhopper Championships take place and by all accounts is quite a whaz. Contact the flight Director Jacques Bernadin for full details firstname.lastname@example.org Website at http://www.montgolfiade.fr
NEW DATE 18-20 September Northampton Town Festival Northampton Racecourse, Northampton. Well it isn’t a racecourse any more but now a large public park and home to numerous events. Great area to fly and as is usual with JT events its free to enter with everything chucked in including gas, camping (with showers), food vouchers and fun prizes. Contact John Tyrrell email@example.com or call 07792 965731.
19-20 September Kop Hillclimb Princes Risborough Bucks. Just great fun. Huge gathering of old and rusty cars and bikes whizzing up the hill. Well organised, free parking but entry fees have gone up. Early bird tickets available now. Last year the queues were pretty impressive so you need to get there really early. For full details or to enter your charger visit www.kophillclimb.org.uk.
NEW DATE 19-20 SeptemberTelford Balloon Fiesta This is a provisional date at the moment for the third laid back friendly meet. Great flying area. Free camping for balloon teams. Check in on the 8 May. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org For sponsorship and advertising email@example.com.
CANCELLED 18-20 September Royal County of Berkshire Show - Newbury Showground, Newbury, Berkshire. Last of the old fashioned County Shows. Livestock, Farm Machinery, Arts & Crafts, demonstrations and lots more. 36th year of ballooning from the Show. Additional Friday evening flight with the usual Sat & Sun AM & PM flights. Evening flights from the main arena. Complimentary event tickets for all balloonists. Website www.berkshireshow.co.uk. Full details from Jonathan Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
19-25 September 50th Irish Championships Birr, Co. Offlay, Ireland. Officially the oldest competition in the world. Invitation only and the best way to win is to do terribly. Drinking trousers, strong constitution and sense of humour required. Contact email@example.com or check the website http://www.irishballooningassociation.com
19-26 September 24th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championships & Fiesta, Murska Sobota Airport , Slovenia. Watch the experts battle it out to win the coveted title or take part in the Fiesta running alongside. To register or for more details check the website : www.hotairballoons2020.com
4-12 September The Warsteiner Balloon Meet. Warstein, Germany. Drinking trousers are mandatory. Morning and evening flights. Really friendly all encompassing balloon meet. Website is at www.warsteiner-wim.de or contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW DATE 11-13 September Longleat Sky Safari and Exclusive Cup Longleat House, Wiltshire. Now probably the largest regular balloon meet in Europe. Award winning event flying from the grounds of Longleat House. Night glows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Prizes galore. Fancy dress and everything. Please check the website for updates. http://www.exclusivecup.com/
POSTPONED to 28-31 May 2021 25-27 September York Balloon Fiesta, Knavesmire Racecourse, York. Ollie Webb’s brilliant event from a great venue. Loads to do like the Railway Museum (of course), the rebuilt Yorvik Museum or drink your way round the city wall! Night Glow on Saturday followed by a firework and laser show. Full details through the website http://www.yorkballoonfiesta.co.uk or check out faceache @yorkballoonfiesta
25-27 September PRBA Splash & Dash Meet Knavesmire Racecourse York. Yup same days same venue. This fun meet involving the very sought after first prize of a Divers’ Helmet is joining in the fun of the York Balloon Fiesta. Pretty simple rules but easily misinterpreted. Book camping through the York Meet please. Details from www.prba.org.uk or email email@example.com.
1-30 October Great British Long Jump. Be inspired. Do something different. Competition to fly the furthest within the British Isles. Everyone welcome. Entry fee £50.00 Entry form from Old and Rusty Robin Batchelor via the website www.thelongjump.com. If you need persuading that this is truly something you should do read some of the previous reports. www.thelongjump.com
2-4 October Black Horse Balloon Club Autumn Equinox Meet (rolling through October) Black Horse, Great Missenden, Bucks Further details and entry forms on the website later https://www.bhbc.club/ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLED 3-11 October Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. What’s to say? Biggest, hugest, loudest complete with zebras and a naughty step. Details through their website https://balloonfiesta.com/
9-11 October One Man Meet Tenbury Wells Worcestershire. Just when you thought the season was ending wiz wazz the wacky meet is here. Solo flying only with the biggest allowed being a ’65. Well, in theory anyway. To register an interest and get on the mailing list email Wendy Rousell: email@example.com
9-11 October PRBA Autumn Gold Meet Hibaldstow Airfield, Lincolnshire. Joint venture with the airfield. Lovely friendly venue and flying area with a bunkhouse on site (book early) or camp for free. Good local accommodation available. The weekend encompasses Training, Flying and Tethering workshop. Brilliant meet with the chance to get a Drop Licence.
21 October Trafalgar Day As we had the day off anyway we missed this last year so the Milton Keynes Trip is back on. So its off to the Galleon in Old Wolverton wearing an eyepatch and take a broadside at a passing canal boat. Alternatively we’ll go somewhere else.
13-15 November PRBA Humber Bridge Meet & Dinner. The Cave Castle Hotel, South Cave, Yorkshire (just off the M62). Love the sound of this. A good feast in a cave with ale and wine. Brilliant concept. Might even get to fly at midday. Payment required when booking please. Everyone welcome. Details from ww.prba.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
13-16 November Leon International Balloon Festival Metropolitan Park, Leon, Mexico. A bit of a trip but the biggest balloon meet in South America. Applications open at the end of February. Website: www.festivaldelglobo.com.mx online applications: www.figpilots.com