Balloon Meets & Events
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
6-8 July White Horse Meet Thirsk Racecourse. 20th year of this great event with the White Horse Trophy up for grabs for the pilot that lands closest to the eye of the White Horse of Kilburn. Well-drained campsite and launchsite. Details from www.prba.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
19-22 July Silverstone Classic Balloon Meet 2018, Silverstone Circuit, Northants. If you like old cars rushing round, good music, great camping, lovely flying and generally a fine old time this is the one. Check out Branded Sky http://www.brandedsky.com/silverstoneclassicballoonmeet.html for all the details. Highly Recommended.
21-22 July Enfield Balloon Festival, Town Park, London Borough of Enfield. Another classic meet. All welcome. The most unlikely place to hold a balloon meet but views of London guaranteed! Free gas, meals and farmers’ gifts provided. Contact john Tyrell email@example.com
22 July-05 August Sagrantino Cup 2017, Todi, Umbria, Italy. This is to be held in the wine producing area and what catches your eye is that every balloon team will get 20 bottles of wine! Very relaxed and hugely popular meet with Free gas, breakfast and evening buffet. Did we mention no entry fees? Full details and entry form from www.sagrantinocup.it
9-12 August Bristol Balloon Fiesta Ashton Court, Bristol. UK mega-meet with lots of balloons, Night Glows, Press launches and traffic jams. Entry free for the public. They have a Facebook page I believe to keep you up to date. For full details and programme check the website www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk
11-12 & 12-13 August (nights of) Perseid Meteor Shower New moon sets before the showers start so should be brill/fab. 12-13 possibly best after eleven o’clock. Out of the constellation Perseus which is near enough north-east.
10-12 August Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally Driffield, East Yorkshire. Amazing show with traction engines, steam fairground rides and rusty stuff everywhere. Limited to six teams of four people. Free camping and entry. Details from www.prba.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
17-19 August Northampton Balloon Festival, Billing Aquadrome, Northampton. Onsite camping, gas, meals and farmers’ gifts provided. Busy meet public-wise and night fishing afterwards! Contact Wendy Rousell for entry form and further information email@example.com
22-25 August Barneveld Balloon Fiesta, Schaffelaar Castle, Barneveld, Netherlands. Typical Dutch hospitality. Well attended meet with Night Glows and Laser Shows. Details from the website www.ballonfiestabarneveld.nl or for further details contact Monique Hoogeslag firstname.lastname@example.org
24-26 August Oswestry Balloon Carnival, Oswestry. Classic relaxed meet organised (if you like) through Lindstrand Technologies in Oswestry. Contact details in the first inst is Lorna Hankey 01691 671888, or this might work https://www.balloonevents.info/info/contact-organizer?idevent=663
25-26 August Strathaven Balloon Festival, John Hastie Park, Strathaven Sunny Scotland. Advertised as the ‘only balloon meet in Scotland’. It may well be. Contact details at https://www.facebook.com/strathavenbf
24-27 August Lake District Flyout. Black Beth Farm, Ulverston. Doesn’t get better than this for scenery. Gorra really try and get to this. Contact and details through the North West Balloon & Airship Club http://www.nwbac.com/
31 August-2 September Chatsworth Balloon Meet, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
Just a part of the lovely Chatsworth Show. Invite meet. Details to follow.
31 August-2 September - 16th Bad Durrheimer Balloon Festival Bad Durrheimer, Germany. Great event Pilots and Crews of Hot Air Balloons, Hot Airships plus Model Balloons all made very welcome. Maximum 40 Balloons. Details on the website http://ballonfestival.tumblr.com/ or email Richard Bolling email@example.com
7-9 September Grass Roots Balloon Meet, Bidford Gliding & Flying Club Warks. New venue great meet. Details to follow on http://grassrootsballooning.org.uk/
8 September Wisborough Green Balloon Festival. Right posh Rhododendron land. If you really can’t be arsed then this is the only balloon meet you need to go to. All for a good cause. Details from someone later. Just turn up and fly. All welcome and a great pub on the launchsite.
13-16 September The Exclusive Cup - Sky Safari, Longleat, Warminster. Fantastic venue for this very popular relaxed fun meet in a nice flying area. Great package, limited to 50 balloons. Spectacular Night Glows. Huge prizes last year including a car! Full details and entry form from www.exclusivecup.com.
15-16 September Kop Hill Climb Kop Hill, Princes Risborough, Bucks. Brilliant event featuring some serious and light-hearted racing. Always well organised and you are likely to see quite a few Old & Rusty Balloonists with their cars being idiots. Details and entry forms from www.kophillclimb.org.uk/entrants.html
21-23 September Naburn Lock ‘Splash & Dash’ Meet, Naburn Lock, York. Held on Naburn Lock Caravan Park this is the meet with the Diver’s Helmet for the best Splash & Dash up for grabs. Obviously camping on site available! For details go to www.prba.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28-30 September York Balloon Fiesta, Knavesmire Racecourse York. Missed this last year must try harder this. Great venue great flying and very interesting places to visit including the Railway Museum, Yorvik and York Museum (best in the world). Details from email@example.com.
29-30 September Cotswold Airport Revival Weekend. Don’t know anything about this new meet but they have a really good café and the area is great for flying in also there are old and really broken aeroplanes including Jumbos scattered about. Check out the website at http://www.cotswoldairport.com/events/286
30 September Distinguished Gentlemans Ride Various venues throughout the world. Get togged up proper and blat round a city on a classic type bike. All in aid of Prostate Cancer and Men’s Mental Health, Movember Foundation. We’ll be riding round Oxford. Details from https://www.gentlemansride.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.
5-7 October One Man Meet Kingham, Chipping Norton Oxon. Now confirmed. Bonkers, backwards, hopping and bopping nutters. Solo flying upto 60,000cu.ft. (Duo chairs allowed). Friday Night drinkies and meal. Only for those living in a parallel universe. Details and entry form from Wendy Rousell. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5-7 October Autumn Gold Meet, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorks. Lovely setting for a great weekend of ballooning. Really nice camping facilities or onsite camping pods and cottages available. Following week is nearby Pickering’s ‘Wartime Weekend’. Details from www.prba.org.uk or email email@example.com
6-14 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 www.balloonfiesta.com
21 October Trafalgar Day Go somewhere Nelson-like for the Day, wear an eye patch, fire a cannon, drink Rum and get rowed ashore. Might do the Manor Waste this year. Shame its a Sunday.
16-18 November Humber Bridge Meet, Linley Hill Airfield. Lovely long established bash this organised (if you can call it that) by the NWB&Ac. Details on the website at http://www.nwbac.com/
Worldwide list with links at http://www.balloonevents.org/
Free events guide: http://www.free-events.co.uk/