Staffordshire

 

In Staffordshire we fly from the two most prestigious and well-known venues.

  • Shugborough Hall, The National Trust Stately Home of Lord Lichfield. 
  • Trentham Gardens, part of The Trentham Estate.

 

Our relationship with Shugborough Hall goes back more than 25 years, and in that time more than 50,000 passengers have flown with us! Shugborough is open to the public, and makes an ideal venue for your flight, offering a wide range of facilities.

The Hall was lived in by Lord Lichfield (perhaps better known as Patrick Lichfield, the photographer) until he sadly passed away in 2005. We are pleased and honoured to have flown Lord Lichfield on several occasions through the years, and it was partly due to his enthusiasm that we began providing pleasure flights from his beautiful home.

Flights from Shugborough often carry the balloon north east towards Uttoxeter, Ashbourne and Derbyshire. Equally, the breeze may take us across Blithfield Reservoir or down towards Lichfield where we can see the famous three-spired Cathedral. Of course Stafford, our county town, is only a few miles to the west, and we are a regular sight to the inhabitants there as we drift quietly overhead!

Further to the north, we have our second launch site at Trenham Gardens. This is a magnificent setting, and part of the hugely successful Trentham Estate, which incorporates a high quality range of retail outlets and restaurants in addition to the beautifully restored Italian Gardens. On the edge of the Estate you will find the wonderful Monkey Forest - a unique treat for the whole family - where we also occasionally launch the balloons (without monkey help!).

Trentham is located close to the Potteries, and is within 10 minutes of the M6 (jct 15). Similarly, Shugborough Hall is only about 10 minutes from junction 13 of the M6, close to Stafford. Both venues allow easy access to other attractions such as Alton Towers, Wedgwood and Drayton Manor Park to name but a few.

Both Shugborough Hall and Trentham are within about an hour's drive of the major cities of Birmingham and Manchester, making Staffordshire an ideal location for your hot air balloon rides.


 
 

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Shugborough Hall offers many different and diverse attractions including:

  • The Mansion House (pictured above), built in 1693 and containing rare rococo plasterwork by Vassali, fine collections of eighteenth century ceramics, silver, painting and French furniture decorating the rooms.

  • The Servants Quarters & Museum Of Staffordshire Life, where visitors can see fascinating re-creations of life below stairs at Shugborough and of life in the county during the last century. Includes kitchens, brewhouse, laundry and the impressive collection of horse drawn vehicles in the coach houses.

  • Park Farm. This Georgian farmstead features an agricultural museum, rare breeds centre and working mill. Demonstrations of traditional farming methods by costumed guides, including shire horse work, milking, cheese making and cooking.

  • Gardens and Monuments. Enjoy the scenic variety of the landscaped park and spot the eight fascinating monuments that were of great importance in the evolution of English architecture. Follow the Lady Walk along the banks of the river Sow to the terraced lawns and Edwardian rose garden.

In addition, shops, restaurant, toilets and picnic areas are also available. The annual programme of events ranges from seasonal craft fairs to the delights of candlelit Christmas evenings and firework spectaculars! For up to date event information telephone Wickers World or visit Shugborough Hall's own website by clicking the following link:

 

 
 

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