Our Hot Air Balloon launch sites

We regularly fly from 3 distinct local areas.

Within these areas we have a number of launch sites which will give you the best possible flight over your local area. It is possible to request a preferred site but if the weather conditions are not suitable we may need to move to another site within that area.

The launch sites are easy to find and are all listed below with detailed maps and a What3Words reference showing the exact location of the meeting point.

If you have booked a Private flight, or an entire Group, this can be from one of our regular sites or a site to suit the occasion, i.e. a country house hotel lawn, wedding reception, local friendly farmer’s field or even your own back garden if it’s big enough!!

Area 1: From these sites you can expect to see Brunel’s incredible suspension bridge, the beautiful Georgian stone buildings of Bath and the picturesque lakes of the Chew valley. Views stretch across to the Welsh mountains, the Westbury White Horse and Somerset’s apple orchards.

Bristol: Ashton court, a large estate on the South West edge of the city. Map W3W: length.carry.pull

Bath: We have 2 launch sites in Bath, Royal Victoria Park, in central Bath next to the Royal crescent Map W3W: twig.entry.still and The Pumpkin Patch just off the Globe Inn Roundabout. Map W3W: senses.poets.shrimps

Keynsham: The Rugby club, just off the Hicks gate roundabout between Bristol and Bath. Map W3W: option.door.oldest

Chew valley: New Manor Farm shop on the South Eastern shore of Chew Valley lake. Map  W3W: supreme.rules.converged

Langford: Havyatt Green common, straddling the main A38 at the western end of the Chew valley, 3 miles South of Bristol Airport. Map W3W: overt.curtail.smug

Churchill: Churchill Parish playing fields on Ladymead lane, adjacent to the Churchill crossroads. Map W3W: decently.hero.defectors

Area 2:

From these sites you can expect to see the famous Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor, the magnificent Mendip hills and the abundant wildlife of the Somerset levels. Views stretch out into the Bristol channel and down to the North Devon coastline.

Cheddar: We have 2 launch sites in Cheddar, The rugby club on Sharpham road Map W3W: cards.judge.microfilm and Broadway Acres (opposite Cheddar Woods campsite). Map W3W: diver.sped.spill

Wedmore: Hugh Sexey’s school playing fields on the west of this pretty Somerset village. Map W3W: mirroring.polished.cube

Wells: The Rugby practice pitches at Haybridge on the western edge of the Cathedral city. Map W3W: flasks.junction.unscathed

Glastonbury: Tor leisure playing fields in the centre of town, close to the Tor. Map W3W: remover.eclipses.protect

Area 3:

From here you can expect to see the architectural beauty of the County towns many churches, the Wellington monument and many stunning National Trust properties such as Fyne court, Barrington court and Montacute house. Views extend down to the south coast, over the Quantock hills and across the south Somerset levels.

Taunton: Hamilton Gault park, on the eastern edge of the county town, 5 minutes from Junction 25 of the M5. Map W3W: atlas.sake.finger


First Flight

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).

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