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20/08/2021 Mark Features While UK law currently prohibits marriage ceremonies on a hot air balloon flight, there are no legal issues with proposing while you’re up in the air. One of the most important questions you’ll ever ask in your life demands an epic setting, so what could be more outstanding than asking someone to
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21/07/2021 Mark Features Those fascinated by architecture are often drawn to Bristol. Home to a multitude of man-made masterpieces, it is known for its well-built buildings that have been designed to endure. To gain a fresh perspective on Bristol’s architecture, a hot air balloon ride over the city can be ideal. Hot air balloons take
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23/06/2021 Mark Features Whether you’re keen to stay safe in the current climate or feel less stressed when others aren’t around, you might find hot air ballooning an ideal activity. An extraordinarily peaceful way to fly under any circumstances, it also offers passengers the ultimate option in socially distancing themselves in these challenging times. If
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16/06/2021 Mark Features Spotting a hot air balloon soaring through the skies is a welcome sight for many, but nothing can beat the tranquil and exhilarating experience of taking to the air yourself with family and friends. Since March last year, many exciting activities have been restricted, and hot air balloon fans have experienced their
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19/05/2021 amy Features While well-known for its innovative industrial wonders like the Floating Harbour, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the legendary SS Brunel, the city of Bristol is also home to some of Britain’s most beautiful green spaces and gardens dedicated to nature. From botanical collections to stately country parks, there are a wealth of
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16/05/2021 Mark Features With the roadmap out of lockdown underway, the opportunity to emerge from our homes and explore the world once more will no doubt be a welcome one. If you’re based in Bristol or dropping by for a city break, make sure you take some time to visit and view some of the
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20/04/2021 amy Features Although it really took shape in the 1800s, Bristol Harbour was operating as far back as the 13th century. Often referred to as the “Floating Harbour” due to its constant water level, today it is a bustling hub covering 70 acres, with numerous sights to see. While boat trips can be taken
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17/04/2021 Mark Features If you take a ride by hot air balloon over Bristol, there are many famous landmarks to spot, from the structural genius of the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the venerable rigging of the Brunel’s SS Great Britain, which was the first ocean liner in the world. The next time you take a
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18/03/2021 amy Features Today, Bristol has become synonymous with hot air ballooning, from its celebrated balloon manufacturers to its world-renowned fiesta event, but every legend has a story behind it. For Bristol, the celebrated relationship with balloon travel began over half a century ago, although its first recorded flight actually took place even further back,
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07/03/2021 Jo Bailey Features, General, Hot Air Balloon News, Hot Air Balloon Stories Jo Bailey set up Bailey Balloons over 25 years ago along with her hsuband Clive Bailey and they are both Commercial balloon pilots and qualified instructors. Jo was one of four women in the U.K. to fly the larger balloons. Clive and Jo
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03/03/2021 amy Features Many years ago, summertime had a reputation for supplying the best weather for a hot air balloon ride here in the UK, but the same notion doesn’t hold true today. Leading balloon operators fly whenever they can safely do so, and instead of the annual seasons, it’s specific weather conditions that shape
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26/02/2021 Mark Features Whether you’re riding in a hot air balloon in Bath or Bristol, you’re sure to find the experience both exhilarating and relaxing. Hot air balloons are an exceptionally safe way to sail through the skies, and ballooning is regulated to exacting standards by the Civil Aviation Authority, ensuring passengers are always in
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22/01/2021 Mark Features The sight of multi-coloured balloons rising into the skies above your city isn’t enjoyed by everyone across the country, but in Bristol, it’s an annual occurance. The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has gained critical acclaim over the years and is now counted among the largest hot air balloon events in the whole
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28/12/2020 amy Features A large part of why the southwest city of Bristol has become synonymous with hot air balloon rides can be attributed to the Bristol Belle G-AVTL. Earning its fame as Britain’s first modern flight of a hot air balloon, the Bristol Belle’s feat was also the first of its kind for the
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21/12/2020 Mark Features From the Montgolfier brothers of France, to UK aeronauts Stanley Edward Spencer and Margaret Graham, a whole host of men and women across time have been fascinated by hot air balloons. Across the world, wherever there are spectacles to be seen, you will often find the possibility of a balloon ride, and
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18th September 2020 Mark Features If you’re sailing across the skies on a hot air balloon ride across Bath, there are many sights to see, from landscaped gardens like Prior Park to the reflective surface of the River Avon. However, it’s not just natural wonders like parks and water courses that are present in this
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21st August 2020 Mark Features Riding across the skies in a hot air balloon is an exhilarating experience, but many passengers wonder what pre-flight preparations they should make. To help you prepare and ensure you have the most enjoyable time possible, we’ve compiled a handy checklist for you to use. 1. Choose your clothing wisely
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When was the first hot air balloon ride? – Bailey Balloons 18th July 2020 amy Features This history of modern hot air ballooning starts over the Channel in France. Here, it was on September 19, 1783 that the Montgolfier brothers first demonstrated the tethered flight of their aeronautical device to King Louise XVI in the
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Myth Busted: hot air balloon myths debunked – Bailey Balloons 17th July 2020 Mark Features Hot air ballooning is a favourite past-time for so many people. Even those who prefer to keep their feet on hard ground enjoy watching the colourful globes of hot air balloons as they fly overhead, and nothing is as enchanting
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From where was Uranus discovered? – Bailey Balloons 13th June 2020 Mark Features The seventh planet of the solar system is actually visible to the naked eye – if you know where to look – but it was the first planet discovered using a telescope. Once it was discovered, the mysteries of Uranus took some
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18th March 2020 Jo Bailey Features Founded on the bank of the River Avon, Bristol has a history of maritime prowess that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. A settlement has existed in the place that we now call Bristol since the Iron Age. Back then, the settlement drew its name from the Welsh ‘Caer Odor’,
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17th January 2020 Mark Features Maybe ever since you watched Dorothy and Toto escape from Oz in a hot air balloon, you have been entranced by these floating domes that serenely and colourfully cruise the skies? Maybe it is the thirst for adventure that comes from being able to navigate the skies under your own
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Make this Christmas in Bath one to remember – Bailey Balloons 18th October 2019 amy Features With its iconic golden brickwork and ornate architecture, the Georgian city of Bath is already a picture-perfect place to spend the Christmas break. What better way to explore the quaint streets, majestic river, and sparkling Christmas lights than from
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16th August 2019 office@baileyballoons.co.uk Features Beset by horrendous weather the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta for 2019 battled on regardless. Despite the adverse conditions, the valiant organisers and stalwart attendees alike ensured the English city still enjoyed an unforgettable and important event on the Bristol calendar. A historic park only 10 minutes from the heart of
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