Petworth - West Sussex (only 1hr from Waterloo Station)
Our privately owned balloon ride launch site is just north of Petworth in West Sussex. It is also our flagship site. The area we fly over from here is nothing short of jaw dropping. Petworth House with its myriad deer roaming in the parkland will be your first aerial sight but you may also spot Cowdray Park with it's sixteenth century ruins, Uppark nestling in the South Downs, or views of the Isle of Wight. History abounds with Bignor Roman Villa and the Roman Road, Stane Street, and dotted here and there are tiny, perfectly formed villages, which are such a pleasure to explore before or after your balloon flight.
Our Petworth launch site is also ideal for your Corporate Hospitality needs or for getting staff together for a Team Building or Social Bonding exercise. We can arrange for several concurrent balloon rides as an effective alternative to more traditional activities. In addition, we can tie this in with extra events from our premises such as helicopter rides and other outdoor events. We are of course able to organize catering in our marquee facilities and all overnight accommodation needs as a result of our links to superb hotels in the West Sussex area such as the Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere, Spread Eagle Hotel or The Angel in Midhurst. Also the newly refurbished Angel Inn in Petworth
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Hickstead - West Sussex (20minutes from Crawley / Gatwick , 15 min Horsham, 15min Brighton, 45min South London).
Hickstead Showground is one of our main West Sussex balloon ride launch sites. Because it’s set conveniently in the heart of the Sussex countryside there are glorious views every way you look. Handcross Park School or the Hickstead Hotel are used as alternative launch sites when the showground is busy but their proximity to it affords those same views. Castles litter the countryside such as Amberley, Arundeland Knepp Castles; all are fabulous when viewed from the air. Beautiful gardens such as Leonardslee, golf courses various, the Wildbrooks bounding the River Arun, windmills such as at Shipley or closer by, the famous Jack and Jill pair, the Ardingly reservoir, and the impressive Balcombe viaduct are all clearly visible. Get your pilot to point out the memorial to Queen Victoria on the north face of the South Downs.
Incidentally, the Sussex Downs offers some of the best walking and hiking in the South East if you really want to make a day of it. If you come by public transport you will find ease of access to this launch site from Crawley, Horsham, Burgess Hill and Brighton. When the wind direction dictates that your balloon flight launches from Patcham, as in the summer it often does, the views of Brighton and the coast are truly spectacular as you drift over famous landscapes such as the Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon . And don’t forget that a visit to some of the chocolate box villages of the area before or after your flight may mean a meal to remember as well….
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m