A brilliant and brand new event for Eastbourne this year arrives with possibly up to 25 hot air balloons visiting Hampden Park. A first for the South East.
The balloons will fly at dawn and dusk on Saturday and at dawn on Sunday – weather permitting of course.
Helicopters will open the festival on Saturday morning with the High Sheriff of Sussex. The helicopters will then be available to get up close and personal, and to talk to the pilots.
A stage of live local entertainment will play 11am – 9pm on the Saturday and 11am – 5pm on the Sunday.
At 9pm on the Saturday evening, there will be a spectacular NightGlow show, with the balloons inflated, tethered and firing their main burners to the music conducted by their musical director. A fantastic firework show closes the Saturday show – finishing about 10pm.
This event is much more than just a hot air balloon festival… there are demonstrations, markets, competitions and more.
The food area will hold a wide selection of outlets and drink plus other BBQ’s around the field. An elegant cream tea will be served on the lawn down to the lake on both afternoons. A floral marquee with demonstrations and competitions on both days and a gardener’s question time session on at least the Saturday.
An annual dog show will also feature.
A classic car show featuring 100 cars from a local club will parade each day in their arena. There is a children’s play area, miniature steam trains, face painting, bouncy castles and much more … Best of all, it’s completely free!!