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
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 email@example.com
5-7 July Northampton Town Festival Northampton Racecourse. The 4th re-vamped Town Festival flying from the old Balloon Festival site. First flight Friday evening finishing Sunday evening. Free entry with everything like gas, farmer’s prizes, breakfast, meals and onsite camping all free. Yes really, all for free. Come on Bristol. Had to be really, balloons organised by John and Wendy Tyrell. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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
8-15 August British National Championships, Mirebeau Chouppes, France. Can’t find out much about this at all. Places may be limited though. In the first instance try contacting email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
16-18 August Northampton Balloon Festival Billing Aquadrome which has a narrow gauge railway and good onsite fishing, day tickets available! Not to be confused with the Town Festival Organised by Wendy Rousell, it too offers free entry which includes gas, farmers’ gifts, beakfast and evening grub onsite camping with toilets and hot showers. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org
21-24 August Barneveld Balloon Fiesta Barneveld, Netherlands. Just across the Channel and set in the grounds of Schaffelaar Castle which isn’t really a castle: www.ballonfiestabarneveld.nl website in Dutch but for information please contact: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
21-22 September Royal County of Berkshire Show, County Showground, Newbury. One of the last real County Shows. Celebrating 35 years of balloons flying from the arena. Four tickets per balloon all welcome. Two arena flights. Brilliant event. Organised by the 3.4.40. Region. For details contact Jonathan Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 One Man Meet Solo flying only for balloons up to 60,000cuft. Final details now being sorted. To register an interest and be updated drop a note to John Tyrrell and Wendy Rousell at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
16 October CPL Exams CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 2 August. Contact email@example.com
21 October Trafalgar Day Even more brillianter had it been a Tuesday but it isn't so we'll be closed as usual! Nothing to stop you wearing an eye patch and go punting with a cannon in the bows though.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
13 December CPL Exams Christmas Special with crackers and all. CAA Aviation House, Gatwick Airport. Closing date 29 November. Contact email@example.com
Worldwide list with links at http://www.balloonevents.org/
Free events guide: http://www.free-events.co.uk/