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 to most events are 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
2-6 August 20th European Cup & 25th Women’s World Cup. Mainfonds-Aubeville, Charante, France. Mega aviation event runs around this on the Sunday. Details from the website www.mainfonds.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10-13 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
11-13 Aug Perseids Meteor Shower Organised by Comet Swift-Tuttle and radiating out from the constellation of Perseus. Usually best on the 12th after midnight.
11-13 Aug Driffield Steam Fair & Vintage Rally. Driffield, E Yorks. Limited to six teams of four people. The steam event of the year and a great area to fly. Book through the PRBA website at http://www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com for further details.
17-20 Aug Northampton Balloon Festival back at Billing Aquadrome, Billing, Northampton, we think. Camping and fishing available. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org
18 August UK CPL(B) exams. Aviation House, Gatwick applications close 4 August. Details see News 06.03.17
20 Aug-3 Sept The Great Mongolian Balloon Adventure. Organised by Gone-with-Wind and Goyo Travel. Exceedingly impressive itinerary including horse riding and kayaking. Local crews and gas. Balloon freighted to Ulan Bator and return. Option to arrive on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Stunning. Details from email@example.com
25-28 August Bouth Balloon Meet, Bouth, Cumbria. Another smashing North West Balloon and Airship Club meet. Christine McVie was born here so it could be the Fleetwood Mac Meet! On the southern edge of the lakes fantastic flying. Details on their website at www.nwbac.com/meets.
25-28 August Oswestry Balloon Festival, Oswestry, Shropshire. Otherwise known as The Wales International balloon Fiesta on tour. Supported by Lindstrand Technologies so you may get a tour of the factory! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-3 Sept Chatsworth Country Fair, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Invitation meet in conjunction with the Country Fair. Beautiful venue.
1-3 September 9th Montgolfiade de Thouars, Thouars, France. Great meet offering competitions just for hopper pilots! Free everything. Got to be worth a looksee. Website http://www.montgolefiade.fr/ contact Jean-Pierre Clergeau 06.73.88.39.83 email@example.com or Lionel Metayer 06.14.68.30.99 firstname.lastname@example.org
1-3 September - 15th Bad Durrheimer Balloon Festival Bad Durrheimer, Germany. Anniversary Event Pilots and Crews of Hot Air Balloons, Hot Airships an Hot Air Model Balloons all welcome. Maximum 40 Balloons. Details on the website http://ballonfestival.tumblr.com/ or email Richard Bolling email@example.com
7-10 Sept Grass Roots Balloon Meet. Riseley, Bedford. The meet for the grass root balloonist. Fun and frolics model balloons and aeroplanes. Camping and bar. Rolled over from last year so many have already booked. If you haven’t entry form from the website http://www.grassrootsballooning.org.uk/
7-15 September 61st Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race. Gruyere, Switzerland. Cheese on toast for the pilots for this years start. Actually its very pretty but will they all fit in the castle? Details and updates from www.gordonbennett2017.ch.
8-10 September Ferrara Balloon Festival Ferrara, Italy. Very friendly informal meet with lots going on. Not far from Venice and Florence. Special deals on accommodation and gas available. You need to enter before 15th July. Details on the website www.ferrarafestival.it or email Paolo Barbieri at firstname.lastname@example.org
15 September - CAP 611 Basic Fire & First Aid Course, The Batch Community Centre, 8a Park Road, Warmley, Bristol. BS30 8EB. Very good one day course 0845-1400. To book or enquires contact Justin Lane at Bristol Safety Ltd. tel +44 (0)7709 460992 email email@example.com Website at www.bristolsafety.co.uk.
15-16 September Hofteballooning. Kasteel Warmelo, Diepenheim, Netherland. Set in the grounds of Warmelo Castle (as the name would suggest). Seems this event has been kept a bit quiet but very popular with model aircraft and model balloons. The website is www.hofteballooning.nl or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
15-17 Sept PRBA Naburn Lock Meet Naburn York. Centred on Naburn Lock Caravan Park on the outskirts of York and a very popular event. Great area to fly and star of the show is the The Diver’s Helmet awarded for the nearest landing to the highest tidal point or something like that. Book through the PRBA website at http://www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com for further details.
16-17 Sept 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. Details and entry forms from www.kophillclimb.org.uk/entrants.html
14-17 Sept 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. Full details and entry form from www.exclusivecup.com.
16-17 September Royal County of Berkshire Show. Newbury Showground Berkshire. Wicked old circuit type show. Love it. Morning flights with evening flights from the arena. No entry fee, relaxed flying and four complimentary tickets per balloon. Be there or be square. Contact Chris Dobson firstname.lastname@example.org
22-24 Sept Cornucopia Music & Comedy Festival, Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, E Yorks. Right larf and dog friendly free entry free camping for teams of four for the whole event. Say no more then. No entry fee. Entry form through the http://www.prba.org.uk
22-24 September Autumn Rising Chiltern Region event venue and details to be confirmed.
22-24 September - 32nd Internationales Brigachtaler Modellballontreffen Brigachtal, Germany. The world largest annual meeting of Hot Air Model Balloons. Two Evening Magic Glows, Competition, and great social. Details on their website at http://www.modellballone.com or email Richard Bölling email@example.com
24 Sept Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. See classic motorcycles in their hundreds (57,000 worldwide in 2016) raising money for Prostate Cancer Research. Locations around the World. We’ll be in Oxford I dare say. Details from the website www.gentlemansride.com.
29 Sept-1 Oct York Balloon Fiesta York Racecourse, Knavesmire. Promises to be a fantastic event at a brilliant location. Details from the Facebook webpage wotsit at https://www.facebook.com/events/1619961461363900/ if that doesn’t work type in York Balloon Fiesta Facebook and that’ll get it. Further details from Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-30 Oct 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.
6-8 Oct PRBA Autumn Gold Meet Thornton-le-Dale Pickering, N Yorks. Fifth year of this great meet and The Railway is just up the road don’t you know. Accommodation on site or camping for the hardy. Details on the PRBA website www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com.
6-8 October The One Man Meet. Mill House Hotel, Kingham Oxon OX7 6HH. Bonkers meet for the hopperers and the solo flyers. Meal Friday night (extra). Great fun. Great venue, lovely area. Enquires and entry form from John Tyrrell or Wendy Rousell. firstname.lastname@example.org
6-8 October Beautiful Dream Balloon Meet, Vencimont, Belgium. Is just that, set in the Ardennes. Very informal and quite challenging. Well liked by those that have been.
7-15 Oct Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA The monster of balloon meets with special shapes night glows early morning patrols and zebras. The scenery is different and the Santa Fe railroad runs nearby. Beware of tailgate parties! Details and entry from www.balloonfiesta.com
20 October UK CPL(B) exams. Aviation House, Gatwick applications close 6 October. Details see News 06.03.17.
21 Oct Trafalgar Day. Bummer. It’s a Saturday. Do something Nelson like fire a broadside.
17-19 Nov The Humber Bridge Meet & Dinner. Hull Aero Club, Linley Hill Aerodrome, Leven, near Beverley. Return to this popular venuefly and swap available, fixed wing microlight whatever. The usual surprise attract awaits and the Humber Bridge Dinner of course. Free camping. Book through the PRBA website at http://www.prba.org.uk or contact email@example.com for further details.
15 December UK CPL(B) exams. Aviation House, Gatwick applications close 1 December. Details see News 06.03.17.
6-7 Jan 2018 Icicle Unfrozen III Donnington Grove Country Club, Donnington, Newbury, Berks. Fantastic venue. They flew in 2017 and better weather booked for 2018. Keep an eye on the 3.4.40’s website for more information, accommodation deal for participants but be warned go quickly as do the Dinner Tickets. Be there or be square (talked about, in proper parlance). Website at www.3440.org or check out www.icicle-refrozen.com/. For room bookings contact Donnington Country Club Tel 01635 581000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2018 - BBM&L Inflation Day, Pidley Golf Centre details tbc. Watch their website http://www.bbml.org.uk/
Worldwide list with links at http://www.balloonevents.org/
Free events guide: http://www.free-events.co.uk/