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London Dawning – Until 2013…

As our London flights are drawing to an end we can no longer take any bookings for flights over the Capital this year, or the next for that matter! Air Traffic restrictions mean that London flights are available on weekday mornings from late April to mid August, so you’ll now have to wait until 2013 before you can fly over this destination! Due to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, Department of Transport have made it clear that security arrangements both at our launch sites and in London’s airspace mean that our flights will preclude in Central London for all of the 2012 season.

So as our London Balloon Flights season has come to a close, passengers Amanda Ferry and her husband Stephen enjoyed a beautiful morning ride with Adventure Balloons captured beautifully in the above picture of the sunrise. The flight took off from our central London ballooning site and as pilot Kim Hull was a little too busy (as weather conditions were quite tight), the balloon ride went ahead with a line of light showers just 20 miles behind! “Without the help of the team at the National Air Traffic Services centre at Swanick who kept us updated of the progress of the rain showers we would not have had the confidence that the flight could go ahead. About 30 minutes after landing at Grange Hill, yes next to the school of the TV series we just managed to pack the balloon away in the bag before the showers caught us up”.

Mandy and Stephen thoroughly enjoyed the flight and the thrill of running from the weather; “Thank you to Kim and the crew for trying so hard and giving us a fantastic experience, including pulling on the balloon rope”.

Take a close look at the photograph where you will see that the sun reflected off the Shard illuminating the flight over London – beautiful.

To book a flight for London 2013 or to make a booking sooner in another location, simply contact us online or by phone on 01252 844222.

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Bourne Woods Flights Bring More Than Expected!

Today’s blog brings you the latest at Adventure Balloons and you wouldn’t believe the sights we get to see here. Yes, we know that you know all about the beautiful rolling landscapes (although you couldn’t possibly image how breathtaking they are from the Sky), the historic castles, tranquil rivers and patchwork fields; what we’re talking about is something rather different indeed!

Do you like to watch the ‘behind the scenes’ chapters on your DVD’s? Maybe you watch the ‘in the making’ documentary’s of your favourite films? I’ve even known people apply to be an ‘extra’ just so that they can watch their favourite book be made into an epic film! Madness I think, but we’re all different, very different!

Well what if I told you that some lucky passengers of ours didn’t have to do any of the above? They didn’t have to see it happen from a TV screen and didn’t have to apply to be in it just to get close, oh no, all our passengers had to do was glide overhead in one of our balloons! Our flights in Surrey often take passengers over Bourne Woods near Farnham which is famous for having been used in many different film sets due to its staggering beauty! For example the Russell Crowe epic Gladiator was filmed in Bourne Woods along with a recent Maid Marion film! Well lucky passenger Dean Collins kindly sent us in the featured picture of what he saw on the day of his balloon flight over the dramatic Bourne Woods.

At Adventure Balloons we’ve even spotted nearby Waverly Abbey whilst filming its period costume dramas, using it’s backdrop for film work! Why not book your own flight over Surrey in our hot air balloons and you may be just as lucky, as you can see on our Surrey Balloon Rides location page! http://www.adventureballoons.co.uk/newsPages/period-costume-drama.html

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Impeccable Service at Adventure Balloons

Are you stuck for ideas on how to entertain your children, or your visitors this summer holiday? Maybe you can’t afford to go away on holiday this year but would like to create a memory for the family, something to get excited about, to talk about back at work or school? Well imagine the exhilaration of a hot air balloon ride? On most people’s ’10 Things to do Before I Die’ list, hot air ballooning will certainly add a sense of fun and adventure to your holiday season, plus you’ll find the build up to the big event almost as intense as the ride!

Adventure Balloons specialise in their wonderful talent of making their customers enjoy their day to the max. Our crew encourages passengers to get involved in the whole process from inflating the balloon to deflating it and we talk you thorough every step. We even reward our customers with a flight certificate, in flight photographs and a wonderful complimentary champagne toast at the end! We have a reputation for friendliness and are frequently complimented on our pilot skills at making the passengers feel comfortable, safe and maximising the fun.

Many people like to gain some kind of insight into what ballooning is like and find that our website is very thorough. We have many in flight photographs for you to view, customer testimonials and in depth write up’s of what to expect. You can even take a look at our ballooning videos which give you the best possible glimpse into hot air ballooning. Take a look at this London flight video for example.

You can make bookings on line, by e-mail or by phone – 01252 844222 and bookings can be made for a variety of different popular locations; Oxford, Reading, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford, Tring, London, Basingstoke, Hartley Wintney, Guildford, Farnham, Godalming, West Meon, Micheldever, Alton, Winchester, Kent, Sussex and Essex.

Enjoy a day to remember with Adventure Balloons – the largest hot air balloon company in the UK since 1985!

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London Ballooning News!

It’s here at last, the latest London news from the UK’s favourite hot air balloon flights co-ordinator Adventure Balloons. With a big song and dance being made over the fact that we will not be taking bookings over London next year due to the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics (due to the protection of London’s airspace), all our customers decided to book their treat for this year instead! We have had an abundance of flights over the past few weeks and with just a month left to run, spaces are now limited!

Many of our customers put themselves down for our top value ‘standby’ vouchers which entitle them to a weekday morning flight from April-October. These time flexible customers enjoyed a champagne balloon ride over one of the greatest cities in the world and all for just £69 per person! The standby voucher is valid for 12 months and passengers will be called at any point where there is space available and the right weather conditions. We have flown 32 passengers last Friday and another 15 this Tuesday thanks to the list, our first flight leaving from Redhill and the second from London for a landing near Watford.

If you’d like to participate in the London fun book quick as tickets are limited and remember, London is not on the horizon for next year, so make the most of it now. Book online or call us on 01252 844222 where we can answer all your questions.

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About The Amazing Adventure Balloons

Here at Adventure Balloons we pride our elves on the service we give our customers, not just in the air, but online too. We have compiled a range of ideas to bring you the most innovative ways to learn about ballooning, to learn about us, to make your booking and even to preview other peoples in flight photographs first so you know what to expect from your flight experience. You will find many resources on our site including the ‘About’ us page where you can find all the information you need about our history, our experience and expertise, our customers testimonials and a description of what to expect from your day. Customers find this section useful in gathering knowledge of us and reassurance that they are in safe hands. This is also a popular section for customers who are a little nervous about their flight and would like to learn a little of what to expect.

You will find a whole page on our London flights where you can learn of our different London launch sites and what you may be lucky enough to see during your flight. Here you will also find a great selection of bird-eye view images of London and its attractions taken from the balloons themselves. Take a peek at our locations page where you can discover our various other flight launch sites in destinations such as Oxford, Reading, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford, Tring, London, Basingstoke, Hartley Wintney, Guildford, Farnham, Godalming, West Meon, Micheldever, Alton, Winchester, Kent, Sussex and Essex. Select from any of the listed locations and learn of what you are likely to have in store for you from there as well as catching glimpses of the various different landmarks of the areas.

Also available online is our bookings feature which enables you to quickly and simply book your hot air balloon voucher from the comfort of your chair. Choose from various different packages and discounts and find flights from as little as just £69 per person! Here you will also have the opportunity to buy gifts and memorabilia as well as your in-flight photographs. Choose an e-voucher as a gift and select from various different voucher designs. The process is straight forward and you will receive your printable e-voucher by e-mail right after you have filled in the boxes. Take a look at available dates to confirm we’re free on that important day and what’s more, we even have birthday balloons available which you can read all about at our Birthdays section.

You really can discover everything you need to know about us and about hot air ballooning at www.adventureballoons.co.uk. However if you’re looking for the personal touch, just give us a call on 01252 844222 where one of our team will be very happy to help.

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Balloon flight experience – in-flight photography

Taking a hot air balloon flight is a great experience and taking your own photos will help you remember the day as well as having something to show your family and friends. Adventure Balloons also offers in-flight photography that you can purchase to give you an additional view of your day.

Adventure Balloons was one of the first passenger balloon companies to offer in-flight photography for its hot air balloon flights and has one of the best selling digital SLR cameras, the Canon EOS400D which provides our passengers with the highest quality pictures.

Check out the picture below for a preview of the photography taken by our sister balloon. An in-flight photograph costs just £15 and can be ordered when you book your flight or on the day of your flight and is a great souvenir for a great experience.

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Aerial photography from a hot air balloon

Taking a hot air balloon ride is a magical experience and can be shared with your friends and family by taking some aerial photography of your flight. During the flight, the balloon can travel between 2 and 20 miles depending on the wind speed and can reach a high of up to 3000 feet, making it a great place to capture some remarkable pictures.

The balloons basket can be rotated by the pilot to give everyone a 360 degrees view of their surroundings including aerial views of town and villages and the beautiful British countryside. Morning flights are particularly good for viewing wildlife, where you can see them from this unique perspective.

A hot air balloon flight will be remembered for a lifetime and taking photographs means that you friends and family can enjoy the experience as well.

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Passenger Balloon Flight Photography

Adventure Balloons are proud to offer their balloon flight photography service. We know how important it is for people to keep their balloon flight experience as a valuable memento. Adventure Balloons have invested time and effort researching the best camera product to use, making sure your photographs will be of the highest quality and great to show both friends and family.

Take a look at our passenger balloon flight photography. The camera used in this picture is Canon and we ourselves are pretty impressed with the results.

Adventure Balloons believe that every balloon flight should be both memorable and a truly exhilarating experience, what better way to store you in flight adventure than with one of the best cameras on the market today.

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