Hot Air Balloon Rides and Balloon Flights over Dorset
Discover Hardy's "Wessex" with the greatest of ease on a hot air balloon flight over this beautiful county, with rolling countryside and it's heritage Jurassic coastline. Dorset is fantastic patchwork of fields, farm land and small forests.
Shaftesbury is probably the most famous of Dorset's towns and villages.
Along with its many fine historical buildings, Shaftesbury has one very famous cobbled street. Gold Hill was featured in the Hovis bread advert where a young boy pushes his loaf-laden bike up the slope to the sound of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. Taking off on hot air balloon rides from Shaftesbury you may spy ancient Wardour Castle and nearby villages such as Sturminster Newton, Motcombe and Cherry Orchard to name but a few.
For balloon flights in Dorset contact Virgin Balloon Flights. Nestled between the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, balloon rides take off from just outside Sherborne. You may also see the coastline at Poole in the distance as your Dorset hot air ballooning adventure unfolds.
Situated on the Dorset and Somerset border, Sherborne has a fine collection of medieval buildings including a wonderful Abbey, picturesque Almshouses, two Castles and world famous schools. If you head north look out for Cadbury Castle; an Iron Age fort just over the border in Somerset said to once have been a part of King Arthur's Camelot!
Here are some things to do in Dorset, UK:
Visit the Jurassic Coast: This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers stunning views of the coast and is a great spot for hiking, fossil hunting, and rock pooling.
Explore the historic town of Dorchester: This Roman-era town has a rich history and offers a variety of museums, shops, and restaurants to explore.
Visit the Bovington Tank Museum: This museum features a collection of tanks and military vehicles, as well as interactive exhibits and a tank simulator.
Take a stroll along the beach in Bournemouth: This seaside town offers seven miles of sandy beaches and plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and beach sports.
See the Lulworth Cove: This picturesque cove has a unique curved shape that is a result of millions of years of erosion.
Discover the Corfe Castle: A ruined medieval castle that is well worth a visit, it has an interesting history and great views of the surrounding countryside.
Go hiking in the Purbecks: This beautiful area of natural beauty is great for hiking, with plenty of trails to explore and stunning views to enjoy.
Visit the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park: This attraction offers a chance to see a variety of marine life, including sharks, rays, and sea turtles.
Visit the Tank Museum, Bovington: It is the world’s best collection of tanks and the story of tank warfare from World War I to the present day.
Take a boat trip along the coast: There are many boat trips available from Weymouth and Poole, offering the chance to see the coast from a different perspective.