A Buyer’s Guide To Balloon Flights

Shopping Around For A Balloon Flight?
You Should Read This First!

Buying a balloon flight is easy – there are loads of web sites selling them! However, choosing between different companies may be a little more tricky, and so here we offer you some useful advice so that you can make an informed decision!



Tripadvisor is a great place to see exactly what our customers think of our company and the service that we provide.

  • As a result of our customers’ fabulous reviews, we are honoured to have won the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for 10 years running which has earnt us a place in the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame!
  • There are no other balloon rides operators in the UK that can compete with our Tripadvisor rankings!
  • We have nearly 900 reviews, and are pleased to report that 96% of customers rate us as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’.

We’ve also listed below the key points that separate us from our competitors, so please take two minutes to learn how we have become the most popular independent balloon rides operator in the UK.


You Want Value For Money, Don’t You?

Well, check out our competitors’ advertised flight durations, and you’ll find most of them are offering flights of ‘around one hour’. In reality this usually means 45 minutes or sometimes less! Our flights are typically one hour in duration, and are regularly closer to an hour and a half! How much has that free gift or glass of  cheap ‘bubbly’ cost you, if you only get 45 minutes in the air?

You don’t go ballooning every day, so make sure that you get the longest flight for your money!

A Family Business, Established For More Than 35 Years!

We’re a family business, offering that extra level of service. Call our office and you are as likely to speak to one of the pilots as you are to one of our reservations girls! If you need first-hand information, or local advice, our team are experienced and expert at everything we do – we’ve been doing it for over 35 years!

Everyone at Wickers World is absolutely passionate about ballooning. We were flying balloons at our own expense long before we were flying balloons for a living!

Wickers World is a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensed Air Operator (BL027). Our company is audited each year by the CAA inspectors, before our licence is renewed.

Likewise, all of our aircrew are CAA licensed commercial pilots, who have to pass annual flight tests with CAA examiners, as well as medical examinations, first aid and fire-fighting courses.

More Flights, More Often, More Fun!

We make more flights, and carry more passengers, than any other operator in this region. In the last 12 months, our balloons have made hundreds of flights from our venues across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire – just like the year before, and the year before that, and the…well, you get the idea!

Flights All Year Round, Right Through Winter

Unlike other operators, we fly all year round. Some of the best and most spectacular flights are on those frosty winter’s days or over snowy fields and villages. Want to fly on Boxing Day or New Years Eve? Only Wickers World offers this service!