Longleat marks 50th anniversary with first hot air balloon festival

A pretty pair of penguins Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat's ‘Sky Safari’ hot air balloon event takes place this weekend -Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th .

On Thursday (15/9) 8 balloons - led by a ‘flying lion’ along with a pair of penguin-shaped hot air balloons - took to the skies above Longleat House as a preview to the official event.

The Sky Safari is the latest in a year-long series of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Longleat Safari Park.

The flying lion Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Over the weekend a sky-full of more than 50 hot air balloons in a variety of shapes and sizes will be making a series of mass ascents into the sky above the Wiltshire Estate between sunrise and sunset.

Further event information.