If sprawling countryside, dramatic moorlands and a stunning coastlines are your thing, we can't recommend seeing Somerset from the air enough. This balloon flight experience will take you over the county, drifting from your launch site at Castle Cary as you feel the exhilaration of flying in the open air.
During your private balloon flight you'll have views over small country villages and the 198 square miles of the Mendip Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. You'll likely see Glastonbury Tor rising out of the Somerset levels and in the distance you'll spot neighbouring counties of Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire.
Launch sites for this experience are flexible and you can arrange your Somerset take off to be from from Taunton or Tiverton in Devon. Jo and Clive at Bailey Balloons will be happy to arrange this with you.
The balloon flights are exclusive for two people on their own or four to five people from the same household or 'bubble' (plus pilot!). Please ask for availability. Valid for weekdays only-weekends are £100 extra.
Bailey Balloons have an AA Covid Confident certification, and the Visit England Good to Go certification and will be following all guidelines to keep their guests safe.
Arrive wearing comfortable walking shoes, long trousers and long sleeves. Bring along a jacket and hat just in case.
Bailey Balloons are a well known feature on the Bristol skyline, joining the scattering of balloons drifting over the city throughout the summer. The company was born after Jo’s first flight above Bristol over 25 years ago. The feeling of flying in the open air was so exhilarating that she soon started to learn how to pilot balloons herself. In the years since, Bailey Balloons has launched thousands of balloon flights over Bristol and the South West, giving the people who live here a new perspective of the place they love. As well as running Bailey Balloons together, Jo and Clive got engaged whilst drifting 8,000 feet over Bath... They even left their own wedding in a hot air balloon!
Bailey Balloons offer flights in shared balloons for individuals, couples, small and large groups as well exclusive balloon flights for two on their own and for four - five people.View more experiences by Bailey Balloons
Clive set up Bailey Balloons in 1995 with his wife Jo, also a Commercial balloon pilot, one of four women in the U.K. to fly the larger balloons, and both are qualified instructors. Clive proposed to Jo at 8,000 feet over Bath and they left their wedding by balloon.
Clive has flown balloons all over Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Africa. He is the first European to fly balloons in Iran where he also trained their first balloon pilots. Clive holds the altitude record from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta when he flew his balloon up to 22,5000 in 1994. Jo accompanied Clive as his co-pilot.
Clive also loves planning and executing ballooning stunts, including Flying stuntman Ian Ashpole on top of the Discovery Channel balloon, flying two balloons attached together by a tight rope and having fellow pilot Mike Howard walk between the balloons blindfolded at 3,500 feet.
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