Opening Hours

18th, 19th and 20th August

Disabled Access

Do you offer concession for carers?
No, we have kept the price low to make the event a
ccessible to everyone.

Are there disabled toilets?
Yes, there are plenty of disabled toilets available however, please be aware we cannot guarantee disabled parking.

Is there disabled parking? 
Yes, please inform and attendant when you arrive. 

How far away is the event from the car park? 
To get to the event does require a short walk and the event is on grass, which means the ground quality is subject to the weather conditions.


Advance discount tickets are available on Skiddle: skiddle.com/e/36298322

Early bird fast track tickets
£2.50 + booking fee
Children under 1 meter tall go free.

On the gate prices
Adult: £4
Children: £3
Children under 1 meter tall go free.


Yes, parking is available, it is £5 for the day. We do encourage anyone attending to consider using public transport.

There are currently roadworks in place that is making getting to the car park difficult. 

Balloon flights

When will the balloons fly?
Typically the balloons fly at sunrise and sunset. There are planned balloon launches between 6pm & 7.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a planned Saturday and Sunday morning ascent between 6am and 7:30am. 

IMPORTANT: Balloons require specific weather conditions to fly and the safety of our pilots and guests is of the utmost concern and all balloon activity is weather permitting.

The morning ascents are free to attend, please follow the instructions of security when you arrive.

Can I fly in a balloon?
Vista Balloon Flights are the only passenger-operated flights from the event: https://www.vistaballoonflights.co.uk/book-your-flight/ 
(No a balloon flight isn’t included in the cost of the ticket).

What if the weather is bad?
All balloon events are weather permitting, we can’t predict the Great British weather, unfortunately, all balloon announcements will happen on the page after the pilot’s briefing. Please be aware that balloons cannot fly in the wind or rain. The event will go ahead and the act timings are subject to change.

Balloon Updates

All Balloon updates will be published on the facebook page @northamptonballoonfestival


No Gazebos or BBQ’s
We do not permit gazebos or large umbrellas as they can obstruct the view of other visitors. Small shade tents for children and portable chairs are allowed. We also don’t permit the use or portable BBQ’s.

Are dogs allowed?
We are a dog-friendly event but request all dogs remain on leads. Please be aware, if the weather is extremely hot, we will not allow dogs for their own safety, please consider the weather before bringing your dogs! 

Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, picnics are permitted, but strictly no glass or alcohol is to be bought into the event. Bag searches will be in operation.

Can I leave and come back again?
Yes you can, be sure to get a hand stamp from security on the way out. 

Please note, we have very vigilant security staff, anyone found to have knives, drugs, or alcohol and/or is being disruptive will be asked to leave and no refunds will be given. We are a family event and any anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.