After making its debut as a brand new festival last year, Balloons InDurham returns to the skies of Durham City from 25th - 28th May 2018 thanks to Durham BID. Set to be bigger and better than ever before, with live entertainment, arts and crafts and kite flying added to the programme too!

Balloons in Durham

Balloons InDurham 2018 will reach for the skies with an evening mass balloon launch from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus on Friday 25th May between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

On Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May, at both Houghall Campus and The Sands, on the banks of the River Wear in Durham City. There will be fun-filled family-friendly activities for all to enjoy, including hot air balloon demonstrations, kite flying and live entertainment, giving the whole event a festival-feel.

Balloons in Durham

On the evening of Saturday 26th May, the day’s activities will culminate in a stunning balloon glow at Houghall Campus between 9.30pm and 10.15pm. It will feature up to 18 hot air balloons inflating and lighting the envelopes of the balloons with flaming burners in time to a sound track, that is bound to have everyone tapping their feet to the tunes, while gazing in awe at the beauty of the balloons.

Finally, the event will finish on Monday 28th May at Houghall Campus with one final early morning launch between 6.30am and 7.30am, before the hot air balloons float off across the City skyline, marking the end of Balloons InDurham for another year.

Balloons in Durham

The Balloons InDurham programme is very much weather dependent with some elements potentially being rescheduled at last minute for health and safety purposes.  Weather conditions and air pressures need to be very exact and so the decision for a balloon launch to take place will ultimately be made by the flight director for the benefit of all.

The full Balloons InDurham Programme 

Houghall College: 

  • Friday 25th May

6.30 - 7.30pm Mass Balloon Launch

  • Saturday 26th May

6.30 - 7.30am Mass Balloon Launch
12noon - 6.30pm Hot air balloon demonstrations, kite flying and live entertainment
6.30 - 7.30pm Mass Balloon Launch
9.30 - 10.15pm Night Glow

  • Sunday 27th May

6.30 - 7.30am Mass Balloon Launch
10am - 12noon Kite Flying
12noon - 6.30pm Hot air balloon demonstrations, kite flying and live entertainment 
6.30 - 7.30pm Mass Balloon Launch

  • Monday 28th May

6.30 - 7.30am Mass Balloon Launch

The Sands (Durham City Centre)

  • Saturday 26th May

09.00hrs – 12.00hrs Kite Flying Demonstration
13.00hrs – 15.00hrs Balloon Tethers

  • Sunday 27th May

14.00hrs - 16.00hrs Balloon Tethers
20.30hrs – 22.00hrs Illuminated Tethers

Balloons in Durham

All events are free of charge, at East Durham College Houghall Campus, there is a flat-rate non-refundable car parking fee of £5 per car per day (not per person!). Parking permits are available on the gate as you approach Houghall Campus. The permit is per car per day for the whole day, allowing you to come and go from the site and explore Durham City throughout the day. 

For more information about Balloons InDurham and for live updates about the festival programme follow the Balloons in Durham event on Facebook.

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