Longleat stages Sky Safari

The skies above Wiltshire will be filled with dozens of hot air balloons next weekend (September 15-17), as Longleat stages its annual Sky Safari.

Organisers are hoping this will be the largest annual event of its kind in the UK with 130 balloons scheduled to take part over the three days.

Longleat’s lion-shaped hot air balloon, Simbaloo, will take to the skies alongside penguins Puddles and Splash with a musical accompaniment.

Andrew Holly from Exclusive Ballooning said: “We’re on track to be the largest annual event of its kind in the UK with 120 balloons planned for a mass launch at some point over the weekend and more than 550 total ascents attempted over all three days.

“Last year’s inaugural Sky Safari was a huge success and this year’s event is set to be significantly larger with balloons and balloonists from across the globe heading for Longleat, including past and current world champions from the U.S.

This year the tethered displays have been re-located to a new area nearer to Longleat House, enabling visitors to get closer than ever to the balloons.

In addition to the early morning and dusk launches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the tethered displays will be taking place from 10am-midday and 2pm-4pm on all three days, weather permitting.