Balloon Meets & Events
Updated 30/03/2020 - Please note that some events may be cancelled or postponed as a result of the Coronavirus. We will endeavour to check if they are to be held but please contact the organisers directly. Updates will be made in the News section. 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 will be the likely outcome. We will not be flying until the situation changes dramatically for the better and only when restrictions and advice from the Government make it acceptable to land unannounced on somebodies land, farm or livelihood.
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
Worldwide list with links at http://www.balloonevents.org/
Free events guide: http://www.free-events.co.uk/
Now definately the Not in March Women’s Meet. Date now being revised as the weather is on holiday that weekend. 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 email@example.com.
POSTPONED 4 April BBAC Inspectors Symposium Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, Brackley, Northants NN13 6GN. 0930-1700 tbc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLED 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.
CANCELLED 10-13 April Black Horse Balloon Club All Fools Meet Black Horse, Great Missenden, Bucks Further details and entry forms on the website later https://www.bhbc.club/ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLED 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 email@example.com.
NOT CANCELLED - 23 April St Georges Day - but remember the distancing rule regards dragons and avoid charging about the High Street. 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.
CANCELLED - 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/
29 April-3 May Festival Internacional De Balonismo Torres, Brazil. Long running Meet. Don’t know anyone that’s been to it. Sounds like it should be a truly brill event. Full details via the website: torres.rs.gov.bri/balonismo
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
2 May BBAC Instructor Training Day EASA Part1 Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, Brackley, Northants NN13 6GN. Contact Dave Court BBAC Training Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
11-12 May Telford Balloon Fiesta, Telford, Shropshire. Third year of this relaxed popular meet which includes a kite festival. Free camping. Entries close 30 April 2020 For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
17 May Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 2nd Standby date.
CANCELLED 17-19 May Midlands Air Festival Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire. Well popular Meet now firmly on the calendar. Free camping and gas, team entry to the estate, breakfast and Saturday Social Party. 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 at email@example.com or visit the website at www.midlandsairfestival.com.
22-24 May Goodwood Balloon Race - Goodwood. Organised by Andrew Hollys’ Exclusive Ballooning Team. Limited spaces only in the first year so best apply pdq. No entry fee required at this stage. HYPERLINK "http://www.goodwoodballoonrace.com/pilot-application/" www.goodwoodballoonrace.com/pilot-application/
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.
CANCELLED 5-7 June Black Horse Balloon Club Solo Meet. Provisionally Black Horse, Great Missenden, Bucks Further details and entry forms on the website later https://www.bhbc.club/ Contact email@example.com
6-7 June L’Art de L’Envol Festival Annonay, France. This is a meet all balloonists should attend some time or another as it celebrates Monty the Golfers first flight in 1783. A real party atmosphere with flying from Deomos park and a re-enactment of the first flight from the Place des Cordeliers where it all started. Rock On. Check out the website for details: www.mairie-annonay.fr or follow on the facestuff page @villeannonay
7 June Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 3rd Standby date.
14 June Lord Mayors Regatta Battersea —— 4th Standby date. Last chance…..unless
19-21 June 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 965731
19-21 June NWBAC Midsummer Madness Kirkoswald Penrith (tbc). This is a seriously pretty little market town named after King (later Saint) Oswald. Perfect flying area. Check the NWBAC website for updates www.nwbac.com/meets or
by email email@example.com
20-21 June The Dawn Patrol, Wisborough Green. Flying the Spitfire Simulator to thirty former WW2 airfields in real time throughout the day starting at 08.00 finishing at 19.00 on Saturday and Sunday. £40 per pilot free training session. Period costume. You won’t believe how realistic this is. Contact Brian Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01403 700346
3-5 July 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
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
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.
7-9 August Retro Festival - 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
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
14-16 August Oxford Balloon Festival This is a tbc event so best you get on John Tyrrell’s mailing list for updates. Really picture skew 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.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
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
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 email@example.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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
13-16 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