NOTTINGHAM BALLOON RIDES
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER NOTTINGHAM!
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER NOTTINGHAM!
To take flight in a hot air balloon in the skies near Nottingham 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!
Take a balloon ride over Nottingham to experience a vantage point of this historic city few get to see. As you begin to rise up over Nottingham Racecourse, so the contrast between the immediate city bustle and relaxed green expanse that lies beyond it becomes apparent. If you look to the west, be on the lookout for the commanding hilltop Nottingham Castle; in the Middle Ages it was a major royal fortress, protected in part by 130 feet high cliffs to the south and west. Immediately adjacent to the racecourse you’ll see the 250 acre Colwick Country Park. Here you can easily spot the handsome Colwick Hall, the former ancestral home of famous poet Lord Byron, that possesses a rich history and is now an elegant hotel. The multiple lakes and waterways of the park are also home to Colwick Marina and the National Watersports Centre, where elite athletes are chosen to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.
As you float on the breeze, allow your eyes to trace the River Trent westward and you can spot Nottingham Forest Football Stadium, and next door to that, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. If your balloon drifts north across the city, so the distinctive layout of The Park reveals itself. This private residential housing estate of circles and parallel oval roads is noted for its Victorian architecture. Flying west of Nottingham might see you pass over Wollaton Hall, a spectacular Elizabethan mansion and deer park that dates from the 1580s. Whereas if the wind carries your balloon southwest, be on the lookout for the Attenborough Nature Centre, a 360 acre reserve for birds established in 1966 by Sir David Attenborough. No matter which way you drift lazily on the sky, your hot air balloon ride over Nottingham will be awash with interesting sights and will create memories that simply last a lifetime.
For many visitors to Nottingham, a trip to Nottingham Castle is a must visit. Considered the ‘jewel in Nottingham’s crown’, it provides an in-depth exploration into the city’s past along with a broad selection of art. Standing definitely atop a cliff right in the city centre, a visit here will afford you expansive views of the city (from a totally different perspective than what you’ll get on your balloon ride overhead). Snuggled into the cliff you’ll find Brewhouse Yard, home to the Museum of Nottingham Life – a hands-on, interactive exhibits that bring the past 300 years of Nottingham life, to life! If you head to Friar Lane, another attraction brings a very famous part of Nottinghamshire’s past to life – The Robin Hood Experience. Through audio-visual technology, the legacy and locations of Robin Hood are recreated, which along with artefacts and interactive components, makes this a fun and informative way to while away a few hours for visitors of any age. It’s quite fitting that one of the country’s most famous outlaws has an experience centre in Nottingham, as just a 10 minute stroll away, you’ll find The National Justice Museum. Here you can visit the main museum, enjoy a special daily guided tour – Tales of Truth and Legend. At the museum you will also meet various characters who will tell you all about the history of the prison and justice system of the day. There are also other exhibitions covering off on punishments, prison reform and capital punishment. A visit here is both engaging and informative, and even better when coupled with a visit to the City of Caves – a tour of some of the 500 hidden caves and passageways that date back to the Dark Ages. See the only medieval underground tannery in the country, explore the remnants of Victorian slums and visit the WWII Anderson Air Raid Shelter to name just a few of the sights.
Another great option for a day or weekend in Nottingham is a visit to Wollaton Hall. In 1926 the hall opened its doors to the public and in was since that time it has been home to the Nottingham Natural History Museum. Here you can see the best selection of the museum’s catalogue of three quarters of a million items and artefacts, that makes up its zoology, geology and botany collections. When you’ve finished marvelling at the museum, you then have the main hall and its 500 acres of rolling parkland to explore. Inside you can discover the hall’s history and witness the stark contrast of the house: from the wealth and grandeur of the Prospect Room and upper levels to the Tudor Kitchen in the basement. Outside herds of red and fallow deer roam free, and taking some time to enjoy the splendid setting allows you a moment to cast your eyes skyward and to appreciate the unforgettable adventure you had, ballooning over Nottingham.
• A luxury gift voucher valid for 12 months
• A 60 minute flight over Nottinghamshire
• 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 the Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park. There are also always other sites nearby in Nottinghamshire 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 Nottinghamshire!
As you drift gently over the Nottinghamshire countryside near Nottingham, 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 Nottinghamshire.