Worcestershire and Herefordshire

 


Worcester Racecourse, Eastnor Castle & Top Barn Farm.

Worcestershire and Herefordshire offer some of Britain's most beautiful countryside, and it is only fitting that we should launch from the most prestigious and attractive venues. With that in mind, we have chosen Eastnor Castle, Worcester Racecourse and Top Barn Farm as our take off sites in this region.

Worcester Racecourse, also known as Pitchcroft, is located on the banks of the river Severn and has been in regular use as a horse racing venue since the year 1718! Today, the fixture list covers 15 National Hunt meetings from March to September making Worcester a popular summer jumping destination. Needless to say, we cannot launch from here during race meetings, and so an alternative site is used.

As we rise above the racecourse, we are treated to wonderful views of the Cathedral, river Severn and county cricket ground, as well as the ancient and beautiful spires of the old city. Worcester is usually soon behind us, and we are now flying over spectacular countryside, with the Malvern Hills rising majestically in the distance. The agriculture in the county varies from orchards to dairy farms, from sheep to fields of wheat; it really is a most varied and traditional landscape, representing an age old English countryside.

The racecourse is well sign-posted from most approaches towards the city centre.
We launch from the middle area of the course, and cars can be parked conveniently close by.

Eastnor Castle is located just over the Herefordshire border, nestled amongst the magnificence of the Malvern Hills, close to the ancient market town of Ledbury. Only about ten minutes drive from the M50 at junction 2, Eastnor Castle is easily accessible from the major motorway network.

The Castle is open to the public on selected days, and is still the family home of the Hervy-Bathhurst family.

We launch from the Deer Park, and this spectacular venue affords us the most fantastic views as we rise majestically above the castle.If you're lucky the wind may carry you the length of the Hills, and you can look down at the poor walkers struggling up and down the pathways as you float effortlessly overhead!
To find out more about Eastnor Castle, its opening times and the facilities that are available, simply click on the following link: www.eastnorcastle.co.uk

Just a few miles to the north of Worcester we have a launch site at Top Barn Farm, near Holt Heath. This is a great venue which offers a whole host of other outdoor activites such as sailing, canoeing, wind-surfing, archery and a wonderful maize-maze in the Summer. There's a great farm shop, as well as a lakeside lodge and sports shop (when open). From here, we usually take off from beside the lake, providing a beautiful setting for your flight. Visit the web site at www.topbarn.co.uk for more details.


 
 

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Should you have a party of eight or more passengers we will happily investigate the possibilities of flying from other locations to suit you. Flying from your own "back yard" at least assures you of some very novel aerial photos! We generally make no extra charge for launching from alternative locations so long as they are within a reasonable distance.

Although we have these three great launch sites, we only use whichever location is most suited to the wind direction on the day of your flight. Of course, we cannot say which launch site we will be using on any particular day, because we don't know which way the wind is likely to be blowing! Therefore, we expect our passengers to be ready to fly from whichever site is in use on that day!

Without doubt, we owe our success to the friendly and enthusiastic team who constantly strive to exceed our customers' expectations and set standards of service that the opposition simply cannot match. So, if you are intending to buy a voucher, and you are looking for the best in quality, experience and service, instead of free gifts or other sales gimmicks, take note of the following key points that separate us from our competitors!

  • No other company makes as many flights as we do in this region. This becomes so important when you want to book a date for your flight. Some of our competitors advertise loads of launch sites, but fail to tell you that they have only one or two balloons trying to cover all those venues!
  • We only fly from the most beautiful and prestigious launch sites throughout the region. Your flight is a special occasion, and deserves to be from a scenic and exclusive location. Our venues are carefully selected to give a fabulous backdrop to each launch we make.
  • We only employ fully qualified commercial pilots with more than 1000 flying hours each. There's no substitute for experience! We remember that the reputation of our business rides on every flight we make.
  • Our flights are AT LEAST one hour in duration - and usually closer to an hour and a half. Most balloon companies advertise flights of "about an hour". Not us! Ours are guaranteed to be AT LEAST one hour, which could mean an extra 25% duration over some of our competitor's flights!
  • We'll beat anybody on price - just call if you can find a flight for less. Our price guarantee is simple: find an equivalent flight for less with an operator based within 50 miles, and we'll beat the price! We monitor prices carefully, and we're sure that we offer the best value!
  • Our company is a Civil Aviation Authority certified operation, established for 22 years. Wickers World was one of the first UK balloon companies to be granted an Air Operators Certificate. We are audited annually by the CAA to ensure standards are consistently high.
 
 

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