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, or if you prefer a paper entry form please get in touch with Elaine (email/telephone details 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 or for a paper registration form, please contact the club's meet organisers; Alex and Elaine Smith, via the email address; meets@prba.org.uk or telephone 07974 316123



If you are interested in events further afield please see also www.balloonevents.org for a worldwide listing.
PRBA Balloon Meets
Easter Meet & Training Weekend 14/04/2017  - 17/04/2017
Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
Flying meet for all plus a training weekend for PuTs including, if required, ground school and exams.

Also this year is a highly informational talk from the GASCo people on Saturday at 2pm.

Jointly organised by NWBAC & PRBA.

Details & entry form are available on the NWBAC site www.nwbac.com Please register by 21st March.
The Flying Man of Pocklington Festival 05/05/2017  - 07/05/2017
Allerthorpe, East Yorkshire
Come and be a part of the Flying Man Festival and enjoy the carnival atmosphere in the village. 2017 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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The 5th Henge Hoppers Meet 09/06/2017  - 11/06/2017
Kirklington, North Yorkshire
2017 is the 5th 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.

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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National Armed Forces Celebration 23/06/2017  - 25/06/2017
Cleethorpes
Following the excellent performance put on by Cleethorpes town in 2015, the town was awarded the National event for 2016 - which took place on Saturday 25th June. Sadly Cleethorpes was overrun with armed forces so there wasn't enough room for us, but roll on 2017 and we have been invited back to Cleethorpes to help celebrate with them again.

We are currently looking into a new launch site but we will have free camping available from Friday to Sunday, why not make this into a weekend?

There are lots of things going on in the town over the weekend including a grand parade, stalls, displays, lots of amusement arcades, candy floss, rock and 'kiss me quick' hat stalls. We hope to put on a night glow Saturday evening (for which free gas will be supplied - with a new venue following the problems of 2015), and to finish off the weekend; a fabulous air show on the Sunday.

Please come and join us and show your support for our armed forces and, of course, 'Help for Heroes'.
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The White Horse Balloon Meet 07/07/2017  - 09/07/2017
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
This is one of the longest running meets in our calendar, 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 and Vintage Rally 11/08/2017  - 13/08/2017
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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The Annual Naburn Lock 'Splash and Dash' Meet 15/09/2017  - 17/09/2017
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, with Malc Skilbeck stealing it from under his nose in 2016, so as the trophy is back in God's Own County, those Lancashire folk are planning a raid to get it back over the border again! ......the challenge is on!

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

Please contact the campsite directly to reserve your camping place in addition to completing the PRBA entry form.
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Cornucopia Music & Comedy Festival 22/09/2017  - 24/09/2017
Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
Family (and doggie) friendly music and comedy festival with free entry to the whole event and free camping (tents/caravans/motorhomes etc.) for teams of four.

No registration fee for balloons either.

Come and have fun!
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The 5th Autumn Gold Balloon Meet 06/10/2017  - 08/10/2016
Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire
Returning for the 5th year to this friendly site for another relaxed ballooning weekend, let's hope we have as good a weekend as 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 welcometopickering.co.uk 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 years winners.
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The Annual Humber Bridge Meet & Dinner 17/11/2017  - 19/11/2017
Linley Hill Aerodrome, Leven, near Beverley, East Yorkshire
PRBA's year-end meet, and being in November our flying hours are very sociable, so do come along for good company and a spot of flying; take your choice: balloon, microlight, light aircraft, paramotor and more. Some of the Aero Club members will flight-swap too.

Free camping on the airfield for those who dare to brave camping/caravanning in November, or for those who want electric hook-up there are a few sites in the village and surrounding area.

Also at this meet we hold our annual Humber Bridge dinner - always a good night. 2013 saw out the evening with an impromptu paper plane fight; so in 2014 we held the PRBA paper plane challenge; 2015 we decorated and hovered helium balloons, 2016 we went a-raiding in fancy dress, arrrhh we were pirates. Lots of fun and big laughs with pirate jokes and limericks and some fantastic costumes!

So, 2017, what will we do? Send in your completed registration form and you will find out.

We'd love you to join us for our Humber Bridge dinner, but we must insist on payment with your order, please.
Other U.K. Balloon Meets
Brocklesby Park Country Fair 16/06/2017  - 18/06/2017
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 10/08/2017  - 13/08/2017
Ashton Court, Bristol
More information
Grass Roots 07/09/2017  - 10/09/2017
Sackville Lodge Airfield, Bedfordshire
More information
Overseas Balloon Meets
Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons (Metz) 21/07/2017  - 30/07/2017
Chambley Air Base, France
More information
Sagrantino Italian Challenge Cup 21/07/2017  - 30/07/2017
Todi & the Sagrantino Wine Valley
More information
   
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