Balloon Meets & Events
Being updated 06/12/2019
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/
4-5 January Icicle Refrozen Meet Donnington Grove Hotel, Newbury. Yup the weather spells have been cast and this start of the year meet is going to be every bit as good as the last. Lovely venue and on the Saturday Night Nosh Up the speaker will be Brian Jones. Be there or be missed. I’ll try and get a flight in this year…unless I have to go retrieving again! Booking for everything through the website at www.icicle-refrozen.com or contact Geoff Lescott firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 January-2 February Chateau d’Oex Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland. Now into its forties but still the one to be seen at. Fantastic venue and the chance to take part in the Niven Cup and fly to Italy. Large wallet required. Local wines are nice and surprisingly reasonably priced. Details www.chateau-doex.ch or email email@example.com.
1 February SSBG Landowner Relations Day Lindfield, West Sussex. Organised by the Surrey and Sussex Balloon Group offers pilots and crews the chance to brush up their landowner relations skills and chew the cud over that herd of bison. All welcome, starts at 10.30. bargain at £10 for the day which includes sarnies. Full details from Lisa Humphrey firstname.lastname@example.org
1 March British Balloon & Airship Club AGM and Members Day. Egerton Hall, Juno Grescent, Brackley NN13 6GN. The day will follow last years’ successful pattern. Guest speakers and events throughout the day. Be great if they invite the Brackley Morris Men for a turn at lunchtime. Pete Bish and the Zebedee crew have booked a space already. Full details, to book a stall space or offer to talk contact Fiona Waite by email at email@example.com
17-21 March Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. One of these days we’ll go there. Flying upside down https://balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz/
27-29 March Women’s Meet. Date booked, weather booked, venue to be announced Sadly last year the weather went overboard to wreck the flying but undaunted the meet went ahead and a fine time was had by all. If you can’t afford ‘Ladies’ Day’ at Royal Ascot this more than makes up for it. All welcome. Wear a hat. To keep updated register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-5 April 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 or just come along for some jovial fun flying. Details from Stephanie Bareford email@example.com.
10-13 April Easter Training Weekend Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-the-Green, Skipton, N Yorks. Earlier this year. 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 nice friendly meet organised between the PRBA and NWBAC. Bookings and further information through the NWBAC website www.nwbac.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 April St Georges Day Mainly England and Malta. Polish your suit of armour and head for the hills in search of a dragon. Even better, as it’s a Thursday a long weekend looks likely for us. Just need to find a suitable venue or two. Yippee.
25 April British Balloon Museum & Library Inflation Day. Lakeside Lodge, Pidley, Cambridge. Two years since the lst so even more old and rusty stuff to clock. Can’t wait. This is the meet. Luckily it only comes round ever two years otherwise I’d be unbearable. Celebrating 100 years of something I belive. Anyway to back at Pidley despite the Golf course being under new management. https://www.bbml.org.uk/
May / June Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta Standby dates 10th and 17th May and then 7th and 14th June. 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
7-10 May Ribble Valley Meet Clitheroe, Lancs. They’ve got a viaduct don’t you know. 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 May Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 1st Standby date.
17 May Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 2nd Standby date.
22-25 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. The canal has got an aqueduct. Quite a big one as it happens. Details from NWBAC www.nwbac.com/meets or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 June Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 3rd Standby date.
14 June Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 4th Standby date. Last chance…..unless
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
6-9 August Bristol Balloon Fiesta Ashton Court, Bristol. Mega-meet with lots of balloons and public, Night Glows, Press launches and traffic jams. Entry free for the public. Got to be a good one this year after last years was sadly washed out. They have a Facebook page to keep you up to date. For full details and programme check the website. www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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/
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
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/
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.