Isle of Wight gears up for new hot air balloon event

A hot air balloon was recently sighted over the Isle of Wight, a rare event on the island, as part of trials for a new event to be held at Robin Hill Country Park. The balloon was later seen landing near Ryde in a field in Ashey.

The new event, called Sky High, is set to take place during the half-term holiday in May. Over 40 hot air balloons of various shapes and sizes are expected at the event, being both tethered in the Lower Valley and taking to the skies, subject to the usual weather constraints.

Visiting tourists and resident islanders will also enjoy opportunities to walk inside the balloons and meet the pilots. There may even be a chance to win a hot air balloon ride, although the details have yet to be released. Children will also be able to participate in kite making and flying workshops.

In addition, two night glow events will take place on the evenings of the 27th and 29th May where the balloons will use their burners to put on a show with an accompanying sound and light production. There will also be live music, and drinks and food will also be available.

The event will run from the 27th to 30th of May, from 10am until 10pm each day. Admission is included for those with a frequent visitor pass, while others can buy tickets online at the Robin Hill website.

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