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Interesting experience, but not worth the money
Virgin Balloon Flights
Author Name: Dorothy
Virgin Balloon Flights
Advantages: An experience if you have never done it before
Disadvantages: Far too expensive and difficult to book due to unpredictable weather
We live by the Lake District and were looking forward to a balloon trip from Newby Bridge hoping to go over the lakes and hills. Don't bother. Apparenly, if the wind is blowing over the lakes they won't go from that site, so picking a take off location near lakes or mountains is not worth while. I have flown before (in Africa) and had the most amazing experience. Unfortuinately, most of the experience was in what we flew over.
Managed to get our flight after 7 attempts (bad weather) and if you had never flown before, it was an interesting experience. Although the information says you may help with the settingup and packing - it did not feel as if we actually had any option. This was a bit embarrassing as both my partner and I suffer from bad backs. I was in agony for two days afterwards.
The tickets are very expensive and included a pack of goodies - so, we have 2 copies of Richard Branson's book, two DVDs of balloon flights, two caps, two pair of binoculars and two bags. We would be unable to cancel and get full refund unless these packs were unopened - which is, of course, highly unlikely especially as the dvd says it will tell you what to expect!
Tickets also included champagne on landing. We stood in a farmer's yard beside the packed up balloon and wasted five minutes drinking one bottle between 11 people, suitably watered down with orange juice. Why bother??
Had this cost £50 it would have been reasonable value. Nearly £200 - forget it.
Summary: Don't bother
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