STAMFORD BALLOON RIDES
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER STAMFORD!
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER STAMFORD!
To take flight in a hot air balloon in the skies near Stamford we recommend Virgin Balloon’s East Midlands regional vouchers. Covering all launch locations across the East Midlands these luxury gift vouchers include flexible booking options, champagne toasts, return transport and more!
Let a Stamford hot air balloon ride from Stamford Meadows open up stunning Lincolnshire views and far distant horizons. Launching from beside the River Welland, the first thing you’ll see as you start to rise up is Stamford itself, regarded as the finest stone town in England. Historically a wool town, Stamford can trace its history back well over 1,000 years. If you look east of your launch site, you’ll be able to spot the imposing Burghley House with its bold, yet intricate architecture; it really is a sight to behold. Burghley dates back to 1555, though it would take 32 years to complete the house and is now considered to be England’s greatest Elizabethan house, which survives as one of the crowning glories of the Tudor age. The estate encompasses the expansive Burghley Deer Park with its astonishing arrow straight old carriageway, its present layout was designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. And whilst your attention is locked in that direction, see if you can also spot the Sculpture Garden with its eclectic collection of artworks.
Turn your gaze westward and you’ll see the Hanson Cement factory with its huge solar farm, and beyond that, the glistening horseshoe that is Rutland Water is simply mesmerising. Depending on the whim of the wind, you may find yourself drifting east and seeing the skyline of Peterborough open up; meanwhile due south of Stamford you can easily spot RAF Wittering. No matter where the breeze takes you, Lincolnshire is a quintessential patchwork of fields, rivers and charming villages. Stamford is a picture perfect ballooning location, so take to the skies and create memories that will simply last a lifetime.
Stamford is an attractive town that is well worth taking some time to enjoy. Maybe take a stroll down Barn Hill, a well preserved and picture-worthy cobbled street that has found fame in both television and movies. On St Mary’s Street you can locate the Stamford Arts Centre which is home to a theatre/cinema, an art gallery, a café and a tourist information centre. The assembly room, complete with chandeliers dates as far back as 1727, whereas the theatre was added some 51 years later and would become one of England’s earliest provincial theatres. For an insight into the town’s history and archaeology make your way to the Stamford Museum on Broad Street; here you will encounter a range of displays, galleries and exhibitions. In the town centre you will find Browne’s Hospital, funded by a local wealthy wool merchant, William Browne, and his wife, Margaret, they founded this almshouse in the late 15th Century. The hospital is open for visits during the summer months. Outside of the hospital is the Stamford War Memorial, dedicated to the fallen of World Wars I & II.
Enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll around your ballooning location at Stamford Meadows. Not only is it a lovely riverside setting, it is also a starting point of the Jurassic Way. You’ll also find a plaque dedicated to Boadicea, recording her pursuit of the Romans. For some majestic history, a visit to Burghley House is a must. As you will have seen from the air, this magnificent building exudes a sense of grandeur and mystique. Allow a full day if this is your preferred option, as between the house, gardens and deer park, there is plenty to see and do. Whilst there treat yourself to a delicious lunch, or just a welcome cup of tea or coffee in the rose garden. No matter where you chose to spend your ballooning adventure from Stanford, be sure to raise a toast to the flight of a lifetime.
• A luxury gift voucher valid for 12 months
• A 60 minute flight over Lincolnshire
• Passenger insurance
• Traditional champagne toast
• Presentation of flight certificate
• Return transport to the launch site
• Magical memories you’ll treasure forever
The main departure point is from Stamford Meadows in Stamford. There are also always other sites nearby in Lincolnshire that can be used to get you aloft though if you need them. Always make sure that you check your voucher details and again when you book in, for the latest launch site details, as they can change depending on weather and site suitability. The good news is, that your voucher is valid for all launch locations in the East Midlands and you can leave your car at the launch site as this is where your ballooning experience will also finish.
Your unforgettable balloon ride will start with a full safety briefing, after which you you can help the team with the the inflating of the balloon if you wish – or kick back, soak up the atmosphere and let others do the hard work. But when it’s time, there is no escaping the collective excitement as the burners fire up and the balloon starts to prepare itself for taking you up, up and away on a ballooning adventure over Lincolnshire!
As you drift gently over the Lincolnshire countryside near Stamford, there will be ample opportunity to take photographs from this unique vantage point. During your flight you are free to discuss how the balloon works with the pilot, who will also be pointing out the many points of interest that drift below you or rest gently on the horizon.
No two flights are the same, and as such any number of towns, villages and important landmarks could come into view – all of which create talking points for years to come.
After an unforgettable hour ballooning your pilot will begin your descent towards a gentle landing. Once back on the ground, and should you wish, you can help in packing away the envelope (that’s the official name for the fabric canopy).
With the balloon all packed away, you will be transferred back to your launch site where you can sip on the fine stuff and raise a toast to an unforgettable adventure hot air ballooning over Lincolnshire.