'It went crazy' - 1,500 going to Hot Air Balloon Festival at country park

The Hot Air Balloon Festival is launching at Old Buckenham Country Park this weekend.

The Hot Air Balloon Festival is launching at Old Buckenham Country Park this weekend. - Credit: Old Buckenham Country Park

Excitement is rising ahead of the first Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend, with the event now sold out. 

The festival will take place at Old Buckenham Country Park from Friday, August 13 until Sunday, August 15 and it will feature 10 to 15 balloons. 

The gates open at 12pm on Friday and across the three days there will also be live music, children's entertainment, a barbecue and beer festival, street food and a balloon evening glow up.

The event was first announced in late July, after all limits on social contact ended, and since then 1,500 tickets have been sold, which includes day, weekend and camping passes. 

Leanne Whitman, campsite manager for Old Buckenham Country Park, said: "The owner of the site has a keen interest in hot air balloons and with the Bristol one cancelled it coincidentally worked in our favour.


You may also want to watch:


"We have sold about 1,500 tickets and made the decision to sell out as it went crazy overnight and we wanted to keep it a fairly intimate event.

"We would like to do it every year if successful." 

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter