Icicle Balloon Meet

The Icicle Balloon Meet was first held at Marsh Benham, Newbury on the 6th and 7th January 1973.  The balloon meet has kept this as a permanent date with it taking place in the first weekend of the New Year.  The event has been held at its current location (Warren Farm, Marlborough) since 1993, thanks to James and Fiona Liddiard.  The meet is always well organised by Mike Dyre, who has been in charge of the organisational side since 1988.

The main thing about this meet is that it is informal and no one is pressured to fly unlike a fiesta.  There is also a strong social aspect to the meet.  The social venue for the meet is at Mercure’s Elcot Park Hotel.

The meet also hands out many awards at the end of it, such as the furthest travelled, the smartest balloon inflated and the oldest balloon inflated.    The prizes range from a bottle of whisky to shields/cups.

Visit their website to find out when the next Icicle Meet will be held -