Thousands of people are expected at Northampton’s Balloon Festival this weekend, with organisers keeping their fingers crossed for good flying conditions.
The annual event, which again returns to Billing Aquadrome, begins tomorrow (Friday) and continues across the weekend with flights and demonstrations scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday.
Organiser, Stewart Wilyman said he was hoping to have the largest number of balloons taking off from the festival since it moved to Billing Aquadrome.
He said: “We are hoping to have 40 balloons there, which will be the most we’ve had flying out of Billing Aquadrome.”
Depending on the weather, and if conditions allow, the balloons will be flying at both 6am and 6pm each day.
At 9pm on Saturday, there will again be a balloon glow, where the balloons will turn into giant lanterns and set to music.
Turweston Helicopters will also be providing five minute helicopter rides to people for £35 per person throughout the weekend.
Entry to the event costs £5 per day for adults who come on foot or on bicycles and motorcycles, and £2.50 for children aged five to 15 years old. Children under five-years-old can enter for free.
Admission for cars with up to four passengers costs £15 per car. Vehicles with up to eight passengers will be charged £25 for entry. A mini bus with up to 16 passengers will be charged £50 and must be booked in advance.