How to get a balloon ride at The Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta

What better way to experience The Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta than in a hot air balloon with the rest of the pilots?

Virgin Balloon Flights will be the only passenger flights taking place during the Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta and here is how to get tickets!

Virgin have two passenger flights in the big red balloon scheduled on Saturday and Sunday – one in the morning and one in the evening – and another flight on Friday evening.

Why not discover this glorious part of the country from the skies and experience stunning views, with the added thrill of taking part in a ‘mass launch’ of multiple balloons?


Like all of our flights, a ride in our big red balloon from the Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta must be booked in advance.

If you already have a valid flight voucher, you can book online to fly from the fiesta today.

If you do not have a flight voucher already and want to experience the Cheltenham skies like never before, you can buy online here or call our team on 01952 212750.

Entry information:

Only passengers booked onto a flight will be allowed in the balloon arena. All passengers must wait at the security control until they are collected by our balloon crew for their flight. No family or friends of passengers are allowed to enter the balloon arena at any time.

Virgin Balloon Flights passengers have free entry to the event and will need to show their flight booking confirmation documents to security on entry. Any friends or family who are not booked onto a flight will need to pay the entry fee.

Hot air balloon flights are weather dependent.

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