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At Wickers World we have over 25 years of experience of providing hot air balloon flights throughout Derbyshire and the Peak District, giving you not just a totally different perspective on this beautiful landscape, but also memories that will last a lifetime.  

The Peak District is one of the most perfect areas in the whole country to soar over.  With its pretty villages, rolling green hills and deep valleys, it’s amazing countryside to look down upon.  And hot air ballooning is the perfect way to see it – gracefully gliding almost silently above the stunning scenery.      

It’s no wonder that hot air balloon flights in this area are often carried out by the company director; he saves the very best flights for himself! 

“One of the perks of being the boss is having some influence over the pilot schedules!  Ballooning in Derbyshire is a unique experience thanks to its rolling landscape, and I am lucky enough to look down on this amazing countryside all through the seasons.”

Wickers World launch sites

Wickers World has three launch sites in the Peak District:

  • Rowsley, near Chatsworth House, between Bakewell & Matlock
  • Tissington Hall, near Ashbourne
  • Harpur Hill, just south of Buxton

The venue we fly from is always determined by the wind direction, and deciding which launch site will give us the best flight on that particular day. Balloons cannot be steered!  They simply float along with the breeze, and go wherever the wind takes them.  This is one of the great attractions of going on a balloon flight; every trip is a unique adventure – for the pilot as well as the passengers!

Rowsley & Chatsworth

Just south of Chatsworth House lies the village of Rowsley, where we launch from a beautiful private venue right next to the River Derwent. 

Balloon flights from here may take us along the Derwent Valley and over Darley Dale and Matlock to the south.  To the north we will see Chatsworth, where we have often landed, with Bakewell visible to the north west.

Rising to maybe two or three thousand feet, we can really appreciate the scale of the Peak District!  The massive wind turbines at Brassington look tiny, and even Carsington Water seems like a pond.

Not far to the west of Carsington Water lies the picturesque village of Tissington, another fantastic launch site for your hot air balloon ride…..

Tissington Village, near Ashbourne

Located a few miles north of Ashbourne, Tissington Hall is home to Sir Richard Fitzherbert.  Our balloon rides start from Sir Richard’s land at the edge of this picturesque village, close to Dovedale and Ilam.

Tissington Village is an attraction in itself, with its timeless beauty, wonderful Hall, church, ‘Herberts’ tea rooms, duck pond and a small number of high quality independent shops. This is one of our favourite places in the whole of Derbyshire!

Close to Tissington village you will find many famous local attractions.  Just to the west lies the dramatic scenery of Dovedale, a deep gorge through which the River Dove has carved its route, and along which millions of walkers have trodden a path.  You climb Thorpe Cloud for some great views of this landscape – but not as good as you’ll see on your hot air balloon ride!

Clover Fields Caravan Park, south of Buxton

Our third and final launch site in Derbyshire is at a caravan site, a short distance from Buxton.  Another private venue, The Clover Fields Caravan Park has a fabulous take off field that we can use.

On balloon flights from this venue we usually travel in a southerly direction, following the River Dove back towards Ashbourne.  En route you may see Arbor Low, the ‘Stonehenge’ of the Peak District, dating back more than 4000 years!

When passengers call to check the weather conditions prior to their flight, we also tell them which launch site will be in use.  Please note that passengers need to be prepared to come to whichever site we are using on that day.  If we had just one launch site, there would be days when we simply could not fly because of the wind direction.  This system of using several sites gives us greater flexibility, and thus allows more flights to take place!

Your Flight with Wickers World

We are available to fly all year round, on every single day that the weather and ground conditions allow, including weekends and Bank Holidays.  We launch twice a day, about an hour after dawn, and again about two hours before sunset.  It’s at these times of day that the conditions are most suitable for ballooning.

For safety and comfort’s sake, we simply cannot fly if the weather is wet, windy or foggy – our aim is to give everybody a pleasant, enjoyable and safe experience!  But don’t worry, if the weather’s poor, you can simply re-schedule your flight at your convenience.

On arrival at the launch site, you will be met by one of our uniformed personnel at check-in.  The balloons are then prepared for flight by the ground crew, whilst the pilots give their passengers a safety briefing.

That done, the inflation begins. It’s a surprisingly quick process, with the balloons taking shape and rising off the ground within about 10 minutes.  When ready, the pilot invites the passengers aboard, and within a few minutes more, it’s up, up and away to the cheers from the crowd!

Once airborne, the flight is guaranteed to last at least an hour, and usually closer to an hour and a half.  Passengers are always pleasantly surprised by how warm and comfortable the flight is.  There’s no chill from the breeze, because the balloon is moving with the wind, and the basket hangs as if it’s motionless in the sky!  There’s no turbulence or other sensation of going up and down, in fact it’s a really serene experience.  It all adds up to a wonderful sensation of tranquillity, whilst being exciting at the same time.

One of the beauties of ballooning is drifting with the wind – nobody knows where we will land until the pilot chooses a suitable place in which to bring you back to earth, which could be anywhere within a 25 mile radius of our start point!  Every single balloon flight is different – a unique adventure!  Of course, as we fly along our ground crew pursue us by road, whilst in radio contact with the pilot.  After landing, all passengers are returned by road to the launch site, where flight certificates are presented by the pilot!

During almost every flight, we take a series of in-flight photographs and HD movies, which make a fantastic souvenir to remind you of your balloon flight for many years to come.

Ballooning is suitable for young and old alike, but does require a small degree of agility.  There’s no upper age limit; in fact our most mature passenger was 100 years old!  Children simply need to be at least 4’6″ (1.35m) tall – otherwise they can’t see over the side of the basket!  Your safety and enjoyment are our primary objectives, so please call us should you wish to discuss any passenger’s individual requirements.

Prices and Availability

Prices for this once-in-a-lifetime experience start from only £114.  We also offer special ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ deals, where you pay just a £35 deposit now and spread the cost of your flight.

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