Balloon Flights Over Essex
Undulating countryside, ancient woodlands and rolling wheat fields cover a large proportion of Essex. Despite it's many towns, on a balloon flight over Essex it will appear a very rural county with many picturesque villages and market towns. The rich and contrasting architecture of Essex has been influenced by the Romans, Saxons and Normans.
Because of it's geography, balloon operators need a variety of sites to make sure that your flight will not get your feet wet. For balloon flights from take off sites in Chelmsford, Colchester, Feering and Brentwood contact local Essex balloon operator Virgin Balloon Flights.
Evidence of Roman roads linking the old towns of Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Brentwood and Kelvedon can still be seen when taking a ride in a hot air balloon. The medieval village of Pleshey still shows the moat and castle mound long after the castle materials were used to build the old village.
Essex has one of the longest coastlines in England with 350 miles of saltings, estuaries and coastal villages. There are many treasures to be found with quiet cliff top walks and seductive coves sheltered from weather and hidden from view.
Here are some things to do in Essex, UK:
Visit Colchester Castle: This Norman castle is the largest in England and offers a glimpse into the history of the region, as well as great views from the top of the keep.
Explore Southend-on-Sea: This seaside town offers miles of sandy beaches, an historic pier, and plenty of amusement arcades and restaurants.
Visit Audley End House and Gardens: This grand country house and its beautiful gardens are a must-see for history and architecture buffs.
Take a trip to Epping Forest: This ancient woodland is a great spot for hiking, cycling, and horse riding.
Visit the Chelmsford Museum: This museum offers a look at the history of the city and the surrounding area, including the Roman history of Colchester.
Go to the East Anglia Transport Museum: It is a great place for transport enthusiasts, with a collection of vintage buses, trams, and cars.
Take a boat trip on the River Thames: There are many boat trips available from Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch, offering the chance to see the river and the surrounding countryside.
Visit the Clacton Pier: This historic pier offers a variety of amusement arcades and rides, as well as a variety of shops and restaurants.
Visit the Colchester Zoo: It is home to a wide range of animals, including tigers, lions, and monkeys.
Visit the Hylands House and Park: This 18th century house and its surrounding park are a great place for a stroll and to enjoy the beauty of nature.