Colorful hot air balloons flying in the blue sky at the festival

The Northumberland Balloon Festival

An exciting new event is preparing to launch this summer – the Northumberland Balloon Festival.  Taking place over 3 days from Friday 12th July to Sunday 14th July 2024 at Tynedale Rugby Club in Corbridge (NE45 5AY).  The festival promises to take your breath away with a vibrant celebration of hot air balloons, live music, event performers, funfair rides and delicious catering options.  This family friendly activity offers a great day out  – why not make Wooden Star Cottages your Northumberland escape and the launching pad for this unforgettable experience.  

A New Dawn for Northumberland:

The Northumberland Balloon Festival is a brand new event, bringing a kaleidoscope of colours and exhilarating experiences to the region. This exciting addition to the Northumberland calendar offers a unique opportunity to witness majestic hot air balloons gracefully ascending into the sky, painting the landscape with a breathtaking display. 

A Weekend of Wonder:

The festival caters to all ages, ensuring a weekend filled with fun and wonder. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits:

Hot air balloon festival in Cappadocia, Turkey

Breathtaking Balloon Displays:

The undisputed highlight is the mass ascension of hot air balloons. It promises a captivating scene where dozens of vibrant balloons, ranging from traditional teardrops to whimsical shapes, take flight in unison. Witnessing these majestic giants gracefully ascend against the backdrop of Northumberland’s stunning scenery promises a truly unforgettable experience.

inflating hot air balloons at night

Night Glow Enchantment:

As dusk descends, the festival transforms into a magical wonderland with the Night Glow events. Tethered balloons come alive with a captivating display of light and music. The balloons are illuminated from within, creating enchanting formations that dance to the rhythm of live music. This spectacle is a perfect way to experience the magic of hot air balloons in a unique  setting.

cute little brunette girl holding an air colorful rainbow balloon in summer park

Family Fun for All Ages:

Although the Hot Air Balloons take centre stage, the festival isn’t just about taking flight! It caters to families with a plethora of activities to keep everyone entertained. There’s the thrill of fairground rides for children, event performances, various craft stalls and a variety of delectable treats from food vendors.  Throughout the festival, the atmosphere will be buzzing with live entertainment too, offering something to keep everyone entertained and engaged.

ticketed event:

The Northumberland Balloon Festival 2024 is a ticketed event and opening times and prices vary for each day.  Tickets must be purchased in advance – please see the website link for more information, availability and to book your tickets.  

Friday 12th July   5pm –  (approx) 10.00pm   – £5 per ticket

Saturday 13th July  12 Noon – (approx) 10pm  £15 per ticket

Sunday 14th July 12 Noon  – (approx) 10pm   £10 per ticket 

Car parking is also available at an additional cost 

Planning Your Northumberland Balloon Festival Getaway:

Wooden Star Cottages offers a variety of charming cottages perfectly situated to explore Northumberland and experience the magic of the Balloon Festival. Our cottages range from cosy retreats for couples to spacious accommodations ideal for families. With many of our cottages situated in picturesque villages near Corbridge, you’ll be just a short drive away from the festival, allowing you to enjoy the festivities at your own pace.

Family out in the park

Top Tips for Your Balloon Festival Weekend:

  • Tickets: Book your tickets in advance. Information about acquiring tickets can be found on the official festival website:
  • Opening Hours: The festival opens at 5:00 PM on Friday and runs from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
  • What to Wear: Northumberland’s weather can be unpredictable. Pack layers, comfortable footwear, and a hat for sun protection.
  • Essentials: Don’t forget sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Bring Cash: While some vendors may accept cards, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.
  • Relax and Enjoy: Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the magic of the festival. Take photos, participate in activities, and create lasting memories!

The Northumberland Balloon Festival promises a vibrant weekend filled with wonder and excitement. So, pack your bags, book your stay at Wooden Star Cottages, and get ready to experience the magic of hot air balloons amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Northumberland. This is an event that is sure to capture the imagination of all ages, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.