Cornwall LivingIssue #62

Taking life higher

Give that special someone the gift of experience, with a flight aboard a Virgin Balloon.

With launch sites across Cornwall, Virgin Balloon Flights are the UK’s only national tour operator of hot air balloon rides, having taken passengers on once-in-a-lifetime adventures for more than 22 years.

“Just amazing. It was so quiet and peaceful as we went up to 2,000 feet and it was a lot smoother than I imagined.”

As you might expect, a balloon ride is a fantastic way to celebrate a special occasion, and it makes an even better gift. Indeed, as the old adage goes, give experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

Impressively, you can choose from over 100 launch sites, so whether you happen to be in the Lake District or are holidaying in Perth; even if you’d just like to see your home county from above, you won’t find a better way in which to do so, and here are just a few reasons why.

New perspectives

Seeing Cornwall in this unique way is an experience you’ll never forget. Hop into the basket at your nearest launch site – either in Liskeard or the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston – and soar above one of England’s most beautiful regions. Take in the lay of the land and look down upon a three-dimensional view of Cornwall that only a balloon ride can offer.


Many flyers have described their balloon ride as “like a romantic magic carpet ride”, which isn’t far from the truth. Perfect for couples, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or dropping to one knee; even if you just want to spend some quality time away from the noise of life on land, this is a great way to tick your bucket list together.

Family matters

Most of us have a relative (or relatives) who we tell ourselves we must spend more time with. Chances are, they’d relish the chance to take to the skies as a family, and with group balloon rides becoming more and more popular as friends and family club together, now’s the time to organise your family trip of a lifetime. A wonderful chance to top up the photo albums, this is about the best selfie-op you’ll ever have!

What flyers say

We speak with Holly, who flew from Launceston one beautiful August evening. Blown away by the flight, she describes her experience: “Just amazing. It was so quiet and peaceful as we went up to 2,000 feet and it was a lot smoother than I imagined. You could see for miles, and after the flight landed, there was lots of laughter as the basket tipped!

“It was nice to help pack up the massive balloon and enjoy a glass of Champagne in the field where we landed. Massive thanks to pilot Mandy and her helper for an absolutely fantastic day!”

So, when will you take life higher and tick a balloon ride off of your bucket list? If you’d like to enjoy an experience like Holly’s, whether it be with your partner or with relatives who you owe a long-overdue catch up, contact Virgin Balloons and see how the team can help get your plans off the ground.

"Just amazing. It was so quiet and peaceful as we went up to 2,000 feet and it was a lot smoother than I imagined."