Do we need Tickets?
No this event is FREE,no tickets required.
Will I Definitely see Balloons Fly?
All sorts of things can affect the flight of a balloon. It may seem fairly still on the ground and be puzzling when one hears it is too windy for a flight but, above the trees, the wind may be strong enough to make a flight dangerous
Balloons don't usually fly at lunchtime, or for some hours on either side of that; the heat of the midday sun warms the ground, which then warms the air above it, creating thermals that can make the balloon ascend thousands of feet without hope of stopping it. That is why we stress that, weather permitting, you will see balloons flying high over Strathaven in the early morning and early evening, when conditions are safe for flying. During the day, of course, we will show you balloons inflated in the Festival arena, but tethered firmly to heavy vehicles, so that they cannot escape! And for the spectacular Saturday Evening Glow, the balloons will be tethered and inflated within the arena, their burners flaring and lighting up the brightly-coloured balloon envelopes
Rain is also the enemy of the hot air balloon, even light drizzle can halt a flight. The balloon cannot be packed away when wet, it will get mouldy, and drying one is hardly an easy task. A wet balloon also becomes too heavy for flight.
Can i get a flight in a Balloon?
We do not provide pay-for balloon flights for members of the public. Our unique international Festival is a display of hot air ballooning, planned, developed and managed by a small team of local volunteers - it's not a commercial event.
The cost of the insurances necessary to support public hire flights would make the Festival impossible to run.
We do offer the gift of a balloon flight, weather permitting, for one person to the winner of our Festival Raffle.
Can we bring our dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome, however we ask they are kept on a lead at all times.