Hot Air Ballooning Events and Meets
This is where you can find information on our club balloon meets, and these are not just restricted to our members, everyone is welcome, as always.

Please let us know if you would like to come along so we can greet you, and if you are joining us for the whole weekend meet all we ask is that you register your interest via the relevant meet entry form below.

Prior registration is simply to enable us to send you further details and keep you up to date with what is going on.

We do not make a charge to attend our meets without a balloon, and it is only 10 registration if bringing a balloon. The majority of our events have onsite camping/caravan/motorhome pitches, and nominal charges are made for overnight stays. These must be pre-booked via the registration form please.

The closing date for entries is usually the Saturday prior to the meet to allow us to order sufficient gas for everyone and also to finalise the details with the site. However, if you have left it too late and the deadline has passed by, don't worry, just get in touch and we will try to fit you in.

For more information about our meets, please contact the club's meet organisers; Alex and Elaine Smith, via the email address; or telephone 07974 316123

If you are interested in events further afield please see also for a worldwide listing.
PRBA Balloon Meets
Easter Meet & Training Weekend 30/03/2018  - 02/04/2018
Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
Flying meet for all plus a training weekend for PuTs including, if required, ground school and exams.

Jointly organised by NWBAC & PRBA.

Details & entry form are available on the NWBAC site Please register by 21st March.
Bowes & Bells Meet 13/04/2018  - 15/04/2018
Dalton, Richmond, North Yorkshire
The furthest north of our meets for many years, and 2018 will be the 5th year.

The whole area is a well kept secret so take advantage of this weekend to come and have a look at all the delights on offer: castles, waterfalls, moors, museums, and great eating establishments such as the Fox Hall Inn with its award-winning fish and chips!

If towing, please ensure you follow the directions in the briefing sheet or you may get stuck!

All on-site overnight stays must be pre-booked and paid for.
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The Flying Man of Pocklington Festival 11/05/2018  - 13/05/2018
Allerthorpe, East Yorkshire
Come and be a part of the Flying Man Festival and enjoy the carnival atmosphere in the village. 2018 is the 14th Flying Man Festival held in Pocklington, near York, and it is all in honour of Thomas Pelling, the infamous 'Flying Man' who didn't manage to fly very far, apart from vertically, and sadly to his death.

Competing as always for the Flying Man trophy - awarded to the pilot who flies the closest to the church tower.

We have a huge launch and camping area at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park.

All on-site overnight stays must be pre-booked and paid for.

On site watersports are available too including sailing, kayaking, swimming in the lake (if you are brave enough), or take the more comfortable option, and watch from the warmth of the cafe.
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Henge Hoppers Meet 08/06/2018  - 10/06/2018
Kirklington, North Yorkshire
2018 is the 6th Henge Hoppers meet at the Camp Hill Estate and hopefully going from strength to strength.

Pilots are invited to compete for the fabulous Henge Hoppers trophy with a new twist on the challenge - the furthest away from the centre henge of the three Thornborough Henges will be the winner.

We are also considering a trailer towing championship on site, details will be updated as the idea takes shape.

We have a camping area, or you could contact Camp Hill to find out if they have any yurts, hobbit pods, camping barns, teepees or domes still available to rent for the weekend. Camp Katur has been voted one of the top forty places to stay in the WORLD!

All on-site overnight stays must be pre-booked and paid for.

There is plenty to do on site when not flying, eating or sleeping - from 'Aerial Extreme' to Segways; from horse riding to water-zorbing.
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White Horse Meet 06/07/2018  - 08/07/2018
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
This is one of the longest running meets in our calendar, (2018 will be our 20th visit!) and we have great pleasure in inviting everyone along again to take part in the fun and friendly rivalry with the pilots trying their luck to win the White Horse trophy. No cheating!

As before, we have the usual well-drained camping and launch area.

All on-site overnight stays must be pre-booked and paid for.

Saturday night (after the flying of course) we will be holding the 'pub quiz' again and promise to make the questions slightly easier this time. All entrants pay a 1 each, teams as big as you like - winning team takes the pot, ..... and no internet allowed!!!
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Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally 10/08/2018  - 12/08/2018
Driffield, East Yorkshire
See all things steam-driven - vehicles, fairground rides, etc. Vintage Road Run Saturday evening.

Limited to six teams of four people.

Free camping and free entry to the entire weekend's rally.
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Naburn Lock 'Splash & Dash' Meet 21/09/2018  - 23/09/2018
Naburn Lock, York
Once again, we head back to Naburn Lock Caravan Park for the weekend, and being so close to the river what better pilot challenge than a Splash & Dash?

For the pilot who achieves the (best) S&D (or attempt), the Diver's Helmet trophy will be theirs to cherish (and polish) for the year!

John Russon won it two years on the trot - 2014 and 2015, with Malc Skilbeck stealing it from under his nose in 2016, the trophy was back in God's Own County for a year, then Derek Grimshaw took it back to Lancashire in 2017, so look out those Lancastrians we going to get it back again! Friendly rivalry only you understand!

If you are staying on site at Naburn Lock Caravan Park, please do not forget to contact them to confirm your place in addition to completing the PRBA entry form.
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Autumn Gold Meet 05/10/2018  - 07/10/2018
Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire
The Autumn Gold meet is now in its 6th year and, following a break from High Grundon Farm in 2017 due to the saturated ground (we had so much rain late summer 2017!), we are back to this friendly site for another relaxed ballooning weekend. Let's hope for the weather of 2015 and 2016, and perhaps even better.

We are just down the road from Thornton-le-Dale, which is the quintessential 'chocolate box' village and well worth a visit.

Bring your choice of tent, caravan or motorhome; book an onsite camping pod or even one of the lovely cottages.

There is plenty of local accommodation too - check out for a host of hotels, guest houses, B&B's etc. in Pickering and the surrounding area.

Why not come to the meet and make a week of it by staying on for Pickering's 1940s Wartime Weekend?

The pilots will be chasing the Autumn Gold trophy again, and the task will be set by last year's winners.
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Other U.K. Balloon Meets
Brocklesby Park Country Fair 16/06/2018  - 17/06/2018
Brocklesby, North Lincolnshire
Contact Terry Marsden mob: 07778 843540

Free camping throughout the weekend; free entry to Sunday's Country Fair; a good launch site and free gas in return for tethering during Sunday.

Brocklesby Park is in the vicinity of Humberside International Airport. All balloons must be radio-equipped to communicate with Humberside ATC.

For more information about the country fair, check out Brocklesby Country Fair
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 09/08/2018  - 12/08/2018
Ashton Court, Bristol
More information
York Balloon Fiesta 28/09/2018  - 30/09/2018
Knavesmire Racecourse York
Contact for more information.
Overseas Balloon Meets
Sagrantino Italian Challenge Cup 22/07/2018  - 05/08/2018
Todi & the Sagrantino Wine Valley
More information
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 06/10/2018  - 14/10/2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
More information
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