Northampton Balloon Festival

The Northampton Balloon Festival (NBF) first took place in 1990 after being inspired by Don Cameron’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.  The festival used to be based at the Racecourse up until 2008, and was funded by the council.  Nearly 100 balloons attended back then, as well as the many special shapes, but the council had to make cut backs due to a lack of funding and unfortunately the festival was one of the first things to go.

 However this wasn’t the end of the festival.  In 2009 a new venue was found, Billing Aquadrome.  The event has been held there ever since, it is smaller than previous years but it’s more focused on the main attractions.  The event, which now sees around 20 – 30 balloons attend each year is organised by balloonists for balloonists and of course the general public!  Although there is now an entrance fee there are many things to do besides the balloons, for example having a go on the many funfair rides! 

 As per most balloon festivals there the usual two morning and evening launches (weather permitting) but also some tethering during the day.  Another factor that seems to be dying out at balloon festivals in the ‘meet the pilot’s part’, but the NBF have kept this. The festival also holds a spectacular night glow on the Saturday of the Festival.

The festival is always held around the 3rd Weekend of August for more details check out the festival website -