The perfect ballooning experience

Welcome to First Flight

With First Flight you can buy your balloon ride knowing you are flying with the very best.

The company is owned and operated by Nick and Tash, who together with Nigel and our great support team, have been providing Champagne balloon flights in the local area for over 30 years.

We only ever fly with a maximum of 8 passengers in the balloon, ensuring you get the best experience possible, rather than squeezing in 16-20 passengers as many others do.

Our tickets are valid, Mornings, Evenings and Weekends no matter which voucher you buy.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and attention to detail both before, during and after what we promise will be a memorable adventure (see our TripAdvisor reviews!!). It will be Nick or Nigel that will always fly the balloon, so you can rest assured you will be flying with one of the most experienced pilots in the country.

As it is our business, we take immense satisfaction from personally taking you through the whole process, right from the first phone call to the celebratory glass of bubbles after we have landed. No call centre, no automated check-in line, you can call us direct and speak with your pilot if you have any questions.

We schedule flights all year round with excellent availability, ensuring you get your preferred date without waiting months to fly.

Nick Dunnington.

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Latest Weather
7:03 am,
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Humidity 89 %
Pressure 1017 mb
Wind 2 mph
Wind Gust: 0 mph
Visibility: 0 km
Sunrise: 5:16 am
Sunset: 9:16 pm

Likely Flight Meeting Times

Times may vary up to 30 minutes either way depending on weather and flight location.

MONTH FLIGHT (AM) FLIGHT (PM)
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
06:30
06:15
05:45
05:30
05:45
06:00
06:30
07:00
15:30
17:15
18:00
18:30
18:30
18:00
17:00
16:00

 

For flight times during the winter months please get in touch.


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The perfect ballooning experience

Why choose First Flight?

Rosy Jones
Rosy Jones
27/06/2024
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Review written on behalf of my mum and dad (Steve and Nicola Jones) who flew on 23rd June 24. Many thanks to our wonderful pilot Nick from Ross on wye and ground crew Steve for an amazing experience, highly recommend the private ballon flight with the Champaign, nibbles and thatchers goody bag.
Marisa Taylor
Marisa Taylor
18/06/2024
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I was given a balloon ride as a birthday present and it was an amazing experience. First booking was cancelled due to weather but there were plenty of options to reschedule. Nick and Steve were both happy to answer questions and Nick is clearly a very experienced pilot and made everyone feel very comfortable before and during the flight. Being involved in the preparation and putting away of the balloon is really nice and the glass of fizz to celebrate soft landings is a lovely touch! Loved floating over the city centre and seeing Bristol in a different way - would definitely do another ride!
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H
09/06/2024
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Great experience. Nick was very accommodating with organising and the experience was amazing. Great balloon, great staff, would highly recommend
Aron
Aron
10/05/2024
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First Flight was a fantastic experience. Both my partner and myself had a great time with both Nick and Steve, they were very friendly and well organised. I would highly recommend their hot air balloons and service - Book Now! 😁
Michael Brennan
Michael Brennan
22/04/2024
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Fantastic Experience - Many thanks Nick and Steve for a great flight. We were super impressed with your customer service, communications and absolute professionalism. Can't recommend highly enough.
Carol Chapman
Carol Chapman
25/11/2023
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Had a great day's flying with First Flight. Well organised and friendly team. Didn't know what to expect as was our first time flying. Very smooth ride, taking off and landing. We all helped pack away the balloon at the end and finished with a bucks fizz. Views were to die for. Will defo be booking again
Janice Hornsveld
Janice Hornsveld
12/11/2023
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OMG, highly recommended!!! What an incredible experience in a hot air balloon over Chew Valley Lake/Blagdon Lake/Cheddar Gorge, with Bristol and Wales in the distance. So many laughs, Nick Dunnington from First Flight was an absolutely amazing pilot, but with added entertainment! Thanks for returning us safely. I will do it again, for sure! Felt so relaxed, but the added Champers at the end with the beautiful sunset topped it off xxx Wow, just WOW! Book now, you won’t be disappointed!
Breanna Baker
Breanna Baker
25/09/2023
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Incredible experience! Loved every minute.
Jennifer Evans
Jennifer Evans
18/09/2023
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Had the best experience flying over Bath with my family. None of us had ever done anything like it before and came away absolutely buzzing! Nick, was fantastic from day one of my inquiry through to all the questions I had and on the day, he and his team were brilliant. The efficacy, friendliness and skills made of experience. I would recommend it to everyone. Thank you Nick for a lifelong memory.
Roscoe Baker
Roscoe Baker
15/09/2023
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Brilliant experience hosted by Nick & Steve , would definitely recommend!

Our passengers have told us they really rate First Flight’s customer service and our approach to flying. We run a professional balloon company that is all about quality and personal service, not quantity. Our smaller passenger balloons allow everyone on board to have the best possible views, have fun and enjoy the flight in comfort. When you call us to book or simply enquire, you are talking to the pilot who is going to be flying you, not someone in a call centre. No waiting lists to book in, simply choose your date, let us know and we will keep in contact with weather updates.

You’re in very safe hands with Nigel or Nick. They have been flying passengers since 1990 and are two of the most experienced pilots in the country. “The First Flight team prides itself on providing a very special experience for our customers. We love to share our passion for ballooning with a small group – everyone feels involved in the flight and that adds to the sense of adventure!”

The perfect ballooning experience:

  • Smaller passenger balloons (2-8 people) for your comfort and personal attention.
  • 100% passenger safety record.
  • 100% five star TripAdvisor rating.
  • Great flexible, flight availability.
  • Personal flight booking service.
  • We'll keep in touch and let you know the weather prospects for your flight, especially if you're travelling longer distances or have a party in tow.

  • Fast, efficient rescheduling if necessary.
  • We choose to fly only on better weather days, for your safety and enjoyment.
  • We specialise in flying just in our local area: Bristol, Bath, Chew Valley, Mendips and the Somerset levels.
  • Superior local knowledge.
  • Friendly, helpful team.
  • Retrieves in our own vehicles back to the meeting point (if needed).

Testimonials

What our customers say

star rating  Wonderful experience over Somerset – Wonderful experience. Very exciting. So well run and very safe. Would do it again. thank you Nick and your team and being a great pilot and host.

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7/02/2024

star rating  Amazing balloon ride experience  – Review written on behalf of my mum and dad (Steve and Nicola Jones) who flew on 23rd June 24.
Many thanks to our wonderful pilot Nick from Ross on… read more

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6/27/2024

star rating  First Flight Balloons  – What an amazing experience. We spent a beautiful calm and sunny evening flying over the eastern edge of Bristol and surrounding areas. Nick and his crew were professional… read more

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6/26/2024