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Hot Air Balloon Flights - Mortimer Fun Day
Sat 1 July 2017, 10:00 – 20:00 BST
Mother Nature may have scuppered our plans to get you up in the air over the Mortimer Fun day last year... BUT AS PROMISED - WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN THIS YEAR! - And, we've had a quiet word with her - she says she'll behave this time :)
We are pleased to confirm that Spratley’s and Village Eye have once again arranged for Bailey Balloons, the lovely folks behind the Internationally acclaimed annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta, to bring a full-size tethered hot air balloon to the Mortimer Fun Day on July 1st to to offer pleasure flights over the village!
Throughout the day and into the early evening, we will be offering a limited number of tethered flights on a pre-booked basis. Once you have booked your ticket/s, please print them out and arrive at our check-in zone no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
Tickets are £20 plus a £2.29 handling fee per ticket - You can make a donation and purchase as many tickets as you like.
We know that you'll have many questions, and have tried our best to answer them all here...
Here are the FAQ's
What is a tether? Usually lasting between 5-10 minutes, a tethered balloon ride is where the balloon boards passengers then goes aloft to a low altitude while remaining tethered to the ground using straps or lines. Ideal for people with fears of flying or heights, it is the safest possible way to experience a hot air balloon ride. When inflated, the balloon stands approximately 80 ft. tall and 70 ft. across.
How high will I fly? Tethered flights usually fly up to 100 feet. The exact height is determined by a number of factors including wind, terrain, location, anchor points, number of passengers, etc. The pilot will determine the exact height according to conditions on the day.
How many people can ride in the balloon? Two to three people (or four smaller ones) at a time can ride at a time depending on their combined weight. And although we know that normally, it is somewhat ‘rude’ to ask ones weight... When booking your slot, it is important for us to get a rough idea so that we can allocate your flight time accordingly! If you are wanting to fly with specific friends/family, we will do our very best to ensure you are together (subject to numbers etc). If you are wanting to fly with younger children, we will ensure that you are together on the same flight (providing the combined weight does not exceed 180 kilos) The pilot & crew always reserves the right to limit who or how many can get into the balloon basket at any one time.
Who can fly? Anyone over the age of 7 or under 7 but over 1 metre tall (they will be standing up and need to be able to see over the basket!) and of reasonable health (and who can get in and out of the basket) can participate.
Weather, Wind & Mother Nature! It is important to remember that, ballooning is very weather dependent. Even though our balloon will be tethered, the rules of flight are the same as those for untethered flights. Wind and weather permitting, we hope to be able to ‘lift’ as many of you throughout the day for once in a lifetime memorable flight over the village - so bring your binoculars and cameras! Balloons fly best in light and stable winds of up to 4-6 miles per hour. Our balloon pilots will carefully monitor local weather patterns in the days leading up to the Fun Day - with a fly/no fly decision before the day itself. The pilot will make all final weather determinations and their decision is always final.
How much does it cost to fly? We are asking for minimum donations of £20 per person per flight which we believe is a very reasonable donation for a fantastic opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon. Once the cost of bringing/and flying the balloon has been met, all money raised will then go into the MVP. This money goes towards putting on the Fun Day which is free everyone during the day. Any left over money is then distributed to local causes. When you consider the costs of a theme park and how long you need to queue for one quick ride we think this is outstanding value for money.
Why Donate? The balloon is being Sponsored by Spratley's of Mortimer and Village Eye Magazine and is a not-for-profit attraction. We have completed all of the work and booked the ballon for Mortimer Fun Day, and as such hope that you think its a wonderful attraction and a very different way to look at your village. - Hence we ask for donations. After we have recovered the costs of hire, any extra amounts will be donated to the Mortimer Fun Day for local good causes. For us this is about providing a very different attraction for the community.
How do I book a flight? We anticipate that there will be not enough flying slots for those wanting to fly and recommend that you obtain your flights slots as soon as possible – Please click above. This is linked to our Eventbright system which will allow you to choose an available flight slot. These slots will be in hourly increments which will provide each flyer with a 5-10 minute flight experience each. Flight donations can be made using credit and debit cards and will be subject to a £2.29 booking fee per ticket (this is charged by EventBright for using the system and not by us). Ticket donations are the same for all ages. We are sorry, but we are unable to accept cash, cheques or BACS payments. It is very unlikely that there will be available flying slots on the day.
What are the time slots? We’ll be booking time slots by the hour from 10:00 until 19:00 and ask that you arrive at “Check in’ no later than 15 minutes before your allocated slot. You should bring your Event Bright confirmation with you. This time of your arrival is crucial so that we can allocate who is in which basket etc in the upcoming hour. Anyone arriving after their allocated time has started, may then not be able to fly and no refund will be given.
What happens if I have booked a slot, donated and the weather is unsuitable to fly? If the Pilot decides that the weather is unsuitable for ballooning, we will almost certainly be notified by Bailey Balloons the day beforehand. In this instance, we will then contact you by phone/email (and announce the decision on the MVP, Spratley's & Village Eye facebook pages too). In this instance, we will also arrange to refund your donation too (unless you’d prefer to put it towards the cost of running the fun day!).
What if I have booked and can no longer fly. In the event that you or someone you have booked for can no longer fly, we would ask that - in the first instance, you try to re-allocate this space yourself either to a friend, family member or another villager. Once you’ve reallocated your space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know (so we know who to expect on the day). Due to the complex logistical task of allocating slots and ensuring people fly with who they’d prefer to it is regrettable that we cannot offer refunds on donations.
Is there a waiting list? We are expecting to have more people wanting to fly than we have slots for. If you miss out on booking a slot/s, we will be running a waiting list. If there are any wait list spaces available, you will be notified and it may be possible for donations for these to be made by cash on the day.
Happy People Make Happy things Happen Please remember, this is not a commercial venture by either Spratley’s or Village Eye... and neither are doing this to make money. It’s about us pulling together for the wider community to organise something fun, and a little bit different for the good people in Mortimer and our lovely neighbours. We have never attempted anything on this scale this before, and are woking hard behind the scenes to coordinate everything for your enjoyment. We do hope that we’ve answered all of your questions - but If you think we’ve missed something, or you have a specific question, please email email@example.com and we’ll do our best to answer. We respectfully ask that telephone enquiries into either office are not made as the person answering the call may not be directly involved with the balloon project and/or in a position to answer your question.
Insurance The balloon company Bailey Balloons have full Public Liability insurance. In addition, a full survey has been carried out and is cleared by the CAA and local authority.