Balloon Rides Over Dorset
Dorset is most famous for its 200 million year old Jurassic coastline, being the location setting for the popular TV series Broadchurch and is also home to a huge naked chalk Giant! Furthermore UNESCO has declared the 140 km stretch of coastline a Natural World Heritage Site and the beautiful countryside of Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty – what better way to see the stunning rural views and pretty towns of Dorset than from a hot air balloon!
Our launch sites in Dorset are located to the north of the county, far enough away from the coast to allow us to float gently with the wind towards the south of the county or across the Blackmore Vale and sometimes into Somerset or Wiltshire. Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham, Broadstone, Warminster, Stourton, Tisbury, Gillingham, Farnham and Blanford Forum are all easily accessible to our Shaftesbury meeting location and Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis are a short distance to Sherborne. Sturminster Newton and surrounding villages have the benefit of being equidistant to both Shaftesbury and Sherborne.
Dorset Balloon Flight Information
Balloon Flights in Dorset meet at Sherborne and Shaftesbury and generally fly within the Crewkerne / Bruton / Warminster / Blandford area:
Sherborne: A picturesque location on the Dorset and Somerset border set amongst lush green valleys and wooded hills. The town was founded by the Saxons, with a wealth of history still apparent today along with independent shops selling antiques and fine art, which the town is well known for.
With a flight from Sherborne you can see many medieval buildings still standing in the town, along with the Abbey, the famous historic Sherborne Castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh and views of unspoilt heathland, the river Store and the Blackmore Vale. Balloon rides in Sherborne, Dorset, meet at The Three Elms (see below).
Shaftesbury: This is one of England’s oldest and highest towns with a history dating back to medieval times and a wealth of tradition. The town was much loved by Thomas Hardy and is used in some of his novels.
A balloon ride in Shaftesbury can include views of the towns famous steep cobbled Gold Hill used in the Hovis bread advertisements, rolling countryside, the breath-taking views of the Blackmore Vale, the Fovant badges and across to the West Wiltshire Downs. Our balloon rides from Shaftesbury meet at The Half Moon (see below).
Balloon Flights from the Sherborne / Shaftesbury areas frequently provide views as far away as Weston Super Mare and The Severn Bridge to the north, Poole and Bournemouth to the southeast and Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay to the south.
Dorset Balloon Flight Meeting Locations
On the southern edge of the town as you exit Sherborne on the A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road, just as you leave the speed restriction area. Meet in the car park.
The Terrace Playing Fields