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Virgin Balloon Flights - Bishop Auckland, Witton Castle

Bishop Auckland DL14 0DE, England
+44 844 576 0229
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After multiple cancellations over 18 months we finally got to fly this morning. Definitely a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ClareGibbin
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Perfect balloon flight!

Flew from Fishburn early this morning, 6th attempt due to weather cancellations in past but well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Patholl
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Choose to fly over the captivating and rugged landscape of County Durham and you will take off from either Sedgefield Racecourse or Witton Castle at Bishop Auckland, depending on the wind direction on the day. Both locations offer spectacular views from Yorkshire Dales National Park or Richmond! Both launch sites offering a beautiful backdrop for a Balloon Flight.
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“pilot chris” (10 reviews)
“witton castle” (13 reviews)
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Bishop Auckland DL14 0DE, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After multiple cancellations over 18 months we finally got to fly this morning. Definitely a special treat worth waiting for. The flight was obviously the main event, but being involved in setting up and packing away the balloon certainly adds to the day, stretching a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Flew from Fishburn early this morning, 6th attempt due to weather cancellations in past but well worth the wait. Weather was gorgeous, family came to watch and was made welcome. Safety very important but fun high on the list too. Enjoyed helping to prepare balloon...More

Thank Patholl
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time flying with Virgin Balloon Flights a couple months ago, Chris made it such an incredible experience made everyone feel very relaxed and the views were beautiful! Everyone should try this at least once!

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Very very enjoyable I would recommend this to anyone they even ask if you want to join in and help erect the balloon.And the safety aspect is excellent.And once you are interested air the views are fantastic.Chris the pilot makes you feel right at ease...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

After several cancellations due to the weather (there are some things done for our safety which even Virgin can't control!!!), we flew with Chris Oxby from Fishburn on a glorious evening. Incredible and beyond any expectations. Everyone went more quiet on the ascent, not from...More

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic... Breathtaking.. Wow.. Was a perfect evening flight thanks to our pilot Chris Oxby spectacular and certainly well worth the wait x

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

I had bought my boyfriend the celebration package for 2 as a gift for his birthday last year and we excitingly got to experience this amazing activity earlier today (18.05.2018) Our package, if you were wondering, included a hamper (which is sent prior to your...More

Thank EllieNicholson
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

We had booked this champagne balloon flight in October 2016, but due to the vagaries of the British weather we can nine flights cancelled before it was 10th time lucky, and we were able to go up, up and away on !5th May 2018. :-)...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

me and my husband went on this flight yesterday morning (08.05.2018). From start to finish the flight was very professionally presented. I suffer with mobility problems, and was looked after throughout. We absolutely loved the trip, and would highly recommend this to anybody thinking about...More

Thank harveybum79
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Wow we loved this experience, Chris Oxley was a pure gentleman, great experience and well organised. It's great fun to help inflate and deflate the balloon. Would recommend this to everyone, the pilots are great experienced men and made us very comfortable. Thanks guys!

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Peter H
24 March 2016|
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Response from VirginBalloonFlights | Property representative |
Hello Peter. We always advise that you allow 3-4 hours for the whole experience, as in addition to the flight itself, you need to allow time for the pre-flight safety briefing, setting the balloon up for launch, packing the... More
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