Staffordshire & The Potteries

Fly with us from Shugborough Hall, near Stafford
or from Trentham Gardens, near Stoke on Trent

  • Lift off from Shugborough!
  • Shugborough Hall, from the balloon!

Fly from two prestigious Staffordshire venues:

  • Shugborough Hall, the NT home of Lord Lichfield, near Stafford.
  • The Trentham Estate,  home to the famous Italianate Gardens.

These two venues are quite different, and yet hugely appealing in their own right. Shugborough Hall is a traditional National Trust property, set in 1000 acres of landscaped parkland, whilst The Trentham Estate which was once the home of the Duke of Sutherland, now hosts a range of fabulous restaurants, retail outlets, formal gardens and lake.

Both venues are easily found from the M6 motorway, and are within an hour’s drive of Birmingham or Manchester.

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As with all of our venues, flights can be scheduled throughout the year, on weekdays, weekends and even Bank Holidays.

We travel with the breeze, and part of the excitement of going ballooning, is not knowing where the wind will take us! It’s a great little adventure!

Typically, we’ll travel anywhere between five and twenty miles during the flight. Of course, as we fly along, our ground crew pursue us by road, whilst in radio contact with the pilot. After landing, all passengers are returned by road to the launch site, where flight certificates are presented by the pilot!

Ballooning is a weather-dependent activity, but don’t worry if your flight is postponed due to unsuitable conditions – you simply reschedule your flight for another date.

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  • Shugborough from above!
  • A snowy launch on New Year's Eve!

Shugborough Hall

We first began flying from Shugborough Hall more than 25 years ago, and have now flown more than 50,000 passengers!

The former home of Lord Lichfield (perhaps better known as Patrick Lichfield, the photographer), Shugborough Hall is now managed by The National Trust. Over the years, it was a great honour for us to take Lord Lichfield himself on balloon flights from the Hall, and although he has since passed away we are proud to consider Shugborough as the home of Wickers World.

Set in beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it is hard to imagine a better setting for your hot air balloon ride. Please click the link below to learn more about a day out at Shugborough Hall.

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Shugborough Hall

Home to the Anson family since 1624, a legacy of exploration and innovation, it was once described as ‘a perfect paradise’.

You can explore sweeping parkland, ancient woodland and a landscape peppered with monuments, then discover Park Farm, created at the cutting-edge of agricultural reforms.

In the Georgian mansion, unearth unusual treasures and experience life ‘below stairs’, then enter a world of glamour and royalty in the apartments of Patrick Lichfield, 5th Earl and fashion photographer.

 

Some of the things to see and do on the Shugborough Estate:

  • The Mansion House.
    Lord Lichfield’s Apartments.
    The Servant’s Quarters
    The Park Farm
    The Walled Gardens
    Parkland Monuments & Follies
    The National Trust Shop
    Mansion Tea-Rooms
    Park Farm Cafe

The Shugborough Estate is open all year round, but certain amenities may have seasonal opening hours. 

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  • Launch The Trentham Balloon!
  • We can't help smiling!

Trentham Gardens

Further to the north we have our second launch site, at Trentham 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.

Click on the button below to learn more about facilities at The Trentham Estate.

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Award-winning, unique, inspiring

The Trentham Estate is one of the country’s top visitor destinations. Comprising of 725 acres, it is the last remnants of one of England’s great garden estates. The estate attracts in the region of 3 million visitors a year, due to its wide appeal and diverse activities to engage every generation.

It benefits from a fantastic central location, adjacent to the main A34 dual carriageway, just south of Stoke-on-Trent and 2.5 miles from the M6.

The Trentham Estate is home to these great attractions:

  • The award-winning Trentham Gardens
  • The inspirational Trentham Shopping Village
  • The flagship store Trentham Garden Centre
  • The unique Trentham Monkey Forest
  • The high ropes adventure Aerial Extreme

 


Whether you’re looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action you will find a great day out at Trentham.

The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, to be named by Alan Titchmarsh  as “one of the UK’s must-see gardens”.

Trentham is an award winning garden which in 2013 won the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Gold Award, in 2015 was awarded a Gold Accolade by Visit England and in September 2010, the Gardens won one of the most prestigious European gardening awards, for the “Restoration, Enhancement or Development of a Historic Park or Garden”. What matters most of all is what visitors think, and they voted Trentham BBC Countryfile’s Garden of the Year 2015.

The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith.

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