hot-air balloon flights west sussex

History of Ballooning

It all started over 224 years ago when Joseph Montgolfier proclaimed to his brother Etienne, “Procure me some taffeta and rope and I will show you something that will astonish the world!”

hot-air balloon flights west sussex

Our Story

In 2014, over a pint of Sussex Ale, Brian Smith and James Palmer, a decade or two separated by age, but not much else, joined together in their passion for hot-air ballooning, and hatched a cunning plan.

hot-air balloon flights west sussex

Meet the Team

Meet the 7 members of the team that provide hot-air balloon flights in West Sussex and across the South Downs and that make up British Balloon Flights. Headed by MD James Palmer.

Our Packages

Witness the spectacular beauty of the Sussex countryside from the skies…. You can experience the timeless country pursuit of hot-air ballooning with either a Sunrise or Sunset flight.

Sunrise Packages

As you watch the sun creep over the horizon and float majestically over the breathtaking panorama, you’ll marvel at the peace a balloon flight brings.

Sunset Packages

As the sun starts its descent for the day you’ll take off and drift peacefully over Sussex, with stunning views of the South Downs at sunset.

Our Venues

Knepp Castle

Knepp is a 3500 acre estate and the site of one of the largest rewilding conservation projects in lowland Europe.


Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle is a unique luxury hotel located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs.


South Lodge

South Lodge is a magnificent country house hotel in Horsham, West Sussex. Set amongst 93 acres of woodland and parkland.


Alexander House Hotel

Set within 120 acres of Sussex countryside, a luxury manor house, choice of rosette awarded restaurants, Utopia Spa & rooms designed for absolute comfort.