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First Flight

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Address: Says Lane, Bristol BS40 5DZ, England
Phone Number:
+44 1934 852875
06:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 20:00

Ballooning company for Bristol, Bath and Somerset.

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Magical experience!

I booked a hot air balloon ride with Nigel and his team to celebrate our anniversary and it was everything I expected and more! Couldn't recommend this more, well worth the money... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
via mobile

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked a hot air balloon ride with Nigel and his team to celebrate our anniversary and it was everything I expected and more! Couldn't recommend this more, well worth the money to do something completely different like this. Thanks again to Nigel and team for making our evening flight perfect!

Thank NaomiALinford
Westtown, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a picture perfect ride with Nigel Appleton and friends over the scenic Bristol and Bath countryside. Nigel is exceptional! His competency, concern for safety and insuring his passengers have a fabulous experience came through with everything he did. Since my husband is a balloon pilot himself, I thought he would critique Nigel but he could only commend him... More 

Thank mebcoh1
Level Contributor
216 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I have had two flights with Nigel, the first time I was part of a larger group and I took a friend of mine, and although we did not know the rest of the 'passengers' there was a very good and friendly atmosphere, we set off from Cheddar and actually there was little horizontal movement, lack of a good breeze,... More 

1 Thank Strictly-5-Star
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Last month my now fiance surprised me with a hot air balloon ride with First Flights. It was great to have hands on experience helping Nigel and his team inflate the balloon and prepare to fly. Once in the air it was so magical, so peaceful and for October we were very blessed to have clear skies and wonderful weather.... More 

Thank mei2016t
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Absolutely loved the hot-air balloon ride with Nigel. Everything I hoped it would be. Really enjoyed helping to set up and put away too. Calm,organised,friendly and informative. Stunning views over Bristol and across the Severn into Wales. Many thanks to Gill and Andy too. Truly memorable.

Thank michaelblakeston
1 review
Reviewed 15 September 2016

My wife and I and our friends flew with Nigel yesterday. One of the best experiences we have ever had. It was Fun, thrilling, interesting and romantic all rolled into one package. A big thank you to Nigel and all at First Flight - friendly and personal service second to none.

Thank John B
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife and I flew with Nigel yesterday and what an experience it was. Diane was very nervous and Nigel soon put her at ease. The whole thing was so professionally run, getting involved with the inflation was great. Once up in the air Nigel kept us informed at all times and did a great job of pointing out different... More 

1 Thank Ray S
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Nigel Appleton was a pleasure to deal with regarding booking of flights and worth all the 5 start reviews that he has received on Trip Advisor. Excellent communication overall.

1 Thank Shane_travel_review
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the festival on the Saturday night to see the balloons go up for the first time and the awesome night glow afterwards! Secretly, Nigel helped me to arrange a surprise proposal for my girlfriend on the Sunday morning which went very smoothly and was absolutely perfect thanks to the hard work from Nick, our pilot, who couldn't have... More 

Thank Alex W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I booked this flight for my husbands birthday present. Due to bad weather we couldn't go on his birthday in march. Nigel kept me informed of every available flight and was happy for us to wait untill July when we were next available. On the day, Nigel and his team were fantastic. We felt completely safe throughout the set up... More 

Thank Nicky B

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