Warwickshire and Gloucestershire

 

See Shakespeare Country From The Skies, Or Drift Across The Cotswold Hills! 

Close to the Cotswolds, and yet within convenient driving distance of the major midland's towns and cities, our launch sites in the ‘Heart of England’ include Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh. The surrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in England, made all the more distinctive by its Cotswold stone villages for which the region is so well known and loved.

  • At Stratford-upon-Avon we launch from the race course on the south west edge of the town. Launching from here, we are often treated to a spectacular birds-eye view of Stratford itself, a favourite destination for tourists, with its many half-timbered buildings and Shakespearian history.  

 

  • Less than 10 miles from Stratford is our launch site at Warwick School. Famous for its castle, Warwick is again a popular venue for visitors to the region. Should the winds carry the balloon towards the castle, you will have the benefit of looking down upon the tourists who have climbed endless steps to reach the top of the battlements! As we float with ease and grace across the landscape, you can simply relax and take in the spectacular views.....  

 

  • Moving south into the Cotswolds, you discover our venue close to Moreton-in-Marsh. Just a mile or so to the west of the town is the Fire Service College, and it is from their grounds that we launch. The rural landscape of this region is most beautiful, almost surrounded as we are by the Cotswold Hills. Whether the winds carry us north, back towards Stratford, or south into the hills themselves, the scenery is nothing short of magnificent.   

 

  • Finally, we come to our venues in the Vale of Evesham. We have two locations in this area - one at The Wood Norton Hotel & Restaurant, and the other at Crown Meadow in the middle of Evesham, next to the River Avon. As we launch we see Bredon Hill to the south and the Malverns rising away to the west, whilst the Vale of Evesham lies tranquil with the river Avon meandering quietly through the landscape.

    Should you have a party of eight or more passengers we will happily investigate the possibilities of flying from other locations to suit you. Flying from your own "back yard" at least assures you of some very novel aerial photos! We generally make no extra charge for launching from alternative locations within a reasonable distance.

 
 

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We need to have multiple launch sites for one very simple reason - hot air balloons float with the wind and cannot be steered!

Before any flight, we have to carefully consider where we might be landing after an hour or two in the air. The controlled airspace of both Birmingham and Coventry airports lies within only a few miles in certain directions, and so we must ensure that we do not drift into these restriced areas. Likewise, from some venues we must be very careful to check the direction in which we fly because the landing may be in unsuitable terrain. So, every day, we assess the wind directions and then decide from which site to fly, in order to provide the safest and most enjoyable flight. When passengers telephone to check that the weather conditions are suitable for their flight, we also tell them which launch site to meet at that day.

 
 

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