WIN a Virgin hot air balloon flight for two!
Northampton Town Festival is bringing the hot air balloons back to Northampton on 1st and 2nd July at the Racecourse. There are balloon ascents on both Saturday and Sunday – but we didn’t want to leave it there. We’ve teamed up with Virgin Balloon Flights to offer one lucky winner a FREE hot air balloon flight for two.
The first ever hot air balloon flight in 1783 saw a duck, a sheep and a rooster (yes, really!) take a 15-minute flight over Versailles, helped along by a light gas for buoyancy. Things have changed a little over the last 250 years, and balloon flights now use purely hot air, lasting around an hour – which is plenty of time to get amazing views of some of England’s most beautiful countryside landscapes.
Virgin hot air balloon pilot, Peter Philpott, has been ballooning all over the world for almost 20 years, and still feels the thrill of the flight. Having manned flights in Australia, Europe and Myanmar, he certainly knows his stuff. ‘On a hot air balloon adventure, you get to see every corner of the countryside and discover places well off the beaten track. I believe there’s nothing quite like ballooning and I love it when people shake my hand after a flight and tell me what a great time they’ve had – it’s a real buzz!’.