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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
15 February CPL Exams CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 1 February. Contact email@example.com
22-24 February Brass Monkey Meet The Wellington Inn, Darley, Harrogate. Does what it says on the tin. Wrap up warm and come along. Friendly Pennine Region Meet. Entry forms on the website www.prba.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9 March BBAC Instructor Training Day Wellesbourne Airfield, Warwick. Topics tbc. Details from BBAC Training Officer email@example.com. Bookings through the BBAC Webshop https://www.bbac.org/shop/Category/idays
26 January-3 February Chateau d’Oex Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland. Now in its 41st year. Fantastic venue and the chance to take part in the Niven Cup and fly to Italy. Large wallet required. The Chateau it is named after sadly burnt down years ago! Details www.chateau-doex.ch or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3 March Landowner Relations Seminar Wolverley Church hall, Kidderminster, Worcs. Organised by the West Midlands Balloon Club. Numbers restricted priority to pilots under training and local pilots. Training from 12.30-1700 cost £5 per person. Contact Gareth Bufton email@example.com or 07825 581996.
24 March BBAC AGM and Members’ Day Stoke Orchard Community Centre, Cheltenham GL52 7SB. Publicised by the BBAC as ‘A brand new event, by our members, for our members!’ What can one add to that? If you are in the BBAc you need to be there and enjoy what is promised to be a fun-filled day. If you are not go along and join. Zebedee and Co will be there I’m sure.
29-31 March 6th Annual Bowes and Bells Meet Broaches farm, Low Lane, Dalton, Richmond. Fantastic flying area. Details from www.prba.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
30-31 March New Beginnings Meet Wolverley Secondary School, Wolverley, Worcs. Another brilliant Meet aimed at newcomers, those with an interest in practical ballooning, trainee pilots and those thinking about coming back into the sport. Loads of help with social and training flights incorporating light competition flying with a Masterclass from Dominic Bareford the current World Champion. Details from Stephanie bareford email@example.com
12 April CPL Exams CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 29 March. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
19-22 April Easter Training Weekend Thornton Hall Country park, Thornton-in-the-Green, Skipton, N Yorks. If you are new to ballooning, just want to get involved or training for your license this is a not to be missed event. Examiners present for all aspects of exams and possibly check flights. A really introduction to ballooning. A really friendly meet organised between the PRBA and NWBAC. Bookings and further information through the NWBAC website www.nwbac.com
23 April St Georges Day Paint a red cross on your forehead, get a sword and slay a dragon. We’ll be closed and entrenched at a suitable venue this year. Yippee.
3-6 May Ribble Valley Meet Clitheroe, Lancs. Whoa up a minute! Ribble as in Ribblehead Viaduct? Great caravan and camping site and local accommodation. Got to be brilliant. Details and booking through the NWBAC website www.nwbac.com/meets or mail email@example.com
10-12 May 15th Flying Man of Pocklington Festival The Mile Camp Site and Farm Shop, The Mile Pocklington. Now this is becoming a meet the is always beaten by the weather on account the man never flew either. Balloons optional. eMeet forms on their website www.prba.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org ~ http://www.pockflyingman.org.uk/history.html
11 May BBAC Instructor Training Day Wellesbourne Airfield, Warwick. Topics tbc. Details from BBAC Training Officer email@example.com. Bookings through the BBAC Webshop https://www.bbac.org/shop/Category/idays
11-12 May Telford Balloon Fiesta, Telford, Shropshire. Relaxed meet organised (if you like) through Lindstrand Technologies in Oswestry. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
17-19 May Midlands Air Festival Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. After last years fantastic meet this will have a lot to live up to but it will be good. New venue. Free camping and gas, team entry to the estate,breakfast and Saturday Night party with two course meal and drinks. Doesn’t get much better when you add two full afternoon air displays and a Nightglow and Fireworks on Friday. I’m worn out already. Contact James or Trev on email@example.com or visit the website at www.midlandsairfestival.com
24-27 May Wrenbury Meet Wrenbury, Nantwich, Cheshire. Here’s proof that Cheshire isn’t just for driving through. Flying from the Cotton Arms Pub alongside the famous Llangollen Canal. Campsite next to the pub. Excellent. Come by boat. Details from NWBAC www.nwbac.com/meets or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
7-9 June 7th Hengehoppers Meet Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington N.Yorks. The most little known henge in the country and really huge. See it from the air to appreciate it.
Please can we go? eMeet forms on their website www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com
14 June CPL Exams CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 31 May. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
22-23 June Cheltenham Balloon Festival. Cheltenham Racecourse. Flights morning and evening on both days, tethering slots with Night Glow Saturday evening. Free Gas, Farmers Gifts, Breakfast Rolls and Evening Meal, Onsite Camping. No entry fee. Yippee. All organised by John Tyrrell and Wendy Rousell. Entry forms will be available shortly, to register an interest please email email@example.com
28-30 June Midsummer Madness Meet Mains Camp Site, Penrith. Fly as far as you can on Sunday morning but be back in time for breakfast. Camping pods on site or bring your own! Sounds great. www.nwbac.com/meets or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
12-14 July White Horse Meet Thirsk Racecourse. 21st 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. eMeet forms on their website www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilburn_White_Horse
26 July-4 August Grand Est Mondial Air Balloons 2019, better known as Metz. Chambley Aerodrome, Lanet'Air, Hageville, France. Never been? Bit like Marmite but loads go to it and these days the event is well sorted. Advance (better rates) bookings close on 24th February. All entries officially close on 14th June. See the website to make bookings www.pilatre-de-rozier.com or for contact firstname.lastname@example.org
26 July-4 August Sagrantino Cup 2019, Todi, Umbria, Italy. Oh dear this year it clashes with Metz. Not a difficult choice though for those in the know. This year the afternoon slots will be back for those fly-every-slot addicts. Pilots’ daily choice of the Todi or Parco Acquarossa launchsites. Very relaxed and hugely popular meet with Free gas, breakfast and evening buffet. Did we mention no entry fees? Max 100 balloons. Last year there were 73 teams. Full details and entry form from www.sagrantinocup.it
8-11 August Bristol Balloon Fiesta Ashton Court, Bristol. UK (now possibly the 2nd largest) 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
9-11 August Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally, The Showground, Beverley Road, Kelleythorpe, Driffield Yorkshire. The Old and Rusty Spectacular. Steam and balloons, perfect. Numbers limited. eMeet forms on their website www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com
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.
16 August CPL Exams CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 2 August. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
23-25 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 www.strathavenballoonfestival.co.uk
23-26 August Lake District Meet. Black Beth Farm, Ulverston. Doesn’t get better than this for scenery. Definitely a must-do. Contact and details through the North West Balloon & Airship Club www.nwbac.com/meets or mail email@example.com
30 August-1 September Chatsworth Balloon Meet, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
Just a part of the lovely Chatsworth Show. Invite meet. Details to follow.
7 September Wisborough Green Balloon Festival. Wisborough Green in Right posh Rhododendron land. Might be on the 7th date tbc. 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.
12-15 September Longleat Sky Safari and Exclusive Cup Longleat House, Wiltshire. Now the largest balloon meet in the country in the spectacular grounds of Longleat Safari part but not in the lion enclosure! Night glows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Pilot Applications opened on Thursday December 27th 2018. Please check the website for updates. http://www.exclusivecup.com/
20-22 September Splash and Dash Meet The Providence Inn, Yedington, Malton, N Yorks. Another properly thought-out pub-based PRBA meet. eMeet forms on their website www.prba.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
21-22 September Kop Hillclimb 10th Anniversary of its revival. Princes Risborough Bucks. Just great fun. Huge gathering of old and rusty cars and bikes with folk on CZ125s pinging up the hill. Well organised but entry fees have gone up a tad but early bird tickets available now. For full details or to enter your charger visit www.kophillclimb.org.uk
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. http://www.thelongjump.com/
5-13 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
11-13 October Autumn Gold Training Meet, Hibaldstow Airfield. Great for newcomers to the sport. Free camping or onsite bunk house. Have a crack at parachuting whilst you’re at it. Details from www.prba.org.uk or email email@example.com
16 October CPL Exams CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 2 August. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
21 October Trafalgar Day Sadly a Monday that we have off anyway still, never mind, we’ll nip off for a pint at the Galleon in Old Wolverton and take a broadside at a passing canal boat. Broadside? Adnams! Now there’s a thought.
15-17 November Humber Bridge Meet, Percy Arms, Airmyn, Goole. Lovely long established end of year bash. All welcome. Free camping by the pub. Details on the website www.prba.org.uk or email email@example.com
13 December CPL Exams Christmas Special with crackers and all. CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 2 August. Closing date 29 November. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Worldwide list with links at http://www.balloonevents.org/
Free events guide: http://www.free-events.co.uk/