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OB Balloon Festival 2023

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Our 2023 Harvest Balloon Festival event promises to be bigger and better than before!

 

Join us from 11th -13th August for our three-day festival hosted in one of Norfolk’s most beautiful countryside campsites and park. A fun-filled weekend for everyone full of activities from live music, street food, BBQ Grill, beer festival, children’s entertainment, ballooning equipment and memorabilia up close and much, much more. If the British weather allows you will also see morning and evening hot air balloon flights taking off from our park and our stunning night glow!

 

With this family & dog-friendly event kicking off at 10.30am Friday 11th August, Old Buckenham Country Park welcome you to their third annual Harvest Balloon Festival with an impressive line-up of national and local bands, musicians, circus acts, aviation display, craft stalls, children’s entertainment, dinosaurs (you will understand when you see them!), live commentary and fingers crossed the sight of balloons flying and glowing through the summer skies. Four-day camping tickets are also available so why not stay on site and enjoy the festival with only a very short walk to your bed at night.

 

In 2022 onlookers were lucky enough with coffee in hand from on-site OB Café to see the spectacle of 17 balloons take off from 5:30am with the summer sun shining behind them on both mornings. Keep an eye out for live flight updates on socials across the weekend and to get the most out of your tickets the OBCP team encourage you to set your alarms and arrive bright and early to witness up close the once in a lifetime, breathtaking hot air balloons take off right in front of your eyes.

 

Ballooning is highly dependent on weather conditions and in the event of unsuitable weather conditions balloon flights and activity may be cancelled however there will be plenty of other activities and entertainment over the weekend to enjoy whilst sitting by the lake or exploring the site with family and friends.

 

Future hot-air balloon flights from our park or local take-off spots can be purchased at the event, however there will be no flights available to purchase for the festival. Scheduled ballooning activity to include; Flights Fri/Sat/Sun evening and Sat/Sun morning; Night Glow Fri/Sat evening; and tethering throughout the day Fri/Sat/Sun. Please note there is no morning flight scheduled Friday and no night glow scheduled Sunday. Timings and further details will be advertised in due course on our website and socials.

 

Tickets are non-refundable and day entry tickets cannot be transferred to alternative day once purchased.

 

For further ticket information and policies please refer to our Ticket Policy.

 

Follow Old Buckenham County Park on Instagram for all event updates, line-up announcement and the opportunity to win a flight in the lead up!

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Electric Camping Pitches

This ticket will give you an electric camping (standard 16 amp) pitch. Campers are welcome to join us from 12pm Thursday 10th August for 4 nights departing Monday 14th at 11am. You will have full use of our onsite amenities including toilets, showers and drinking water. The ticket also includes Balloon Festival entry for 4 guests including children. Please note that pitches will not be allocated prior to your arrival and we are unable to guarantee neighboring pitches for this event, so if you wish to camp with another group we suggest arriving on site together. Dogs are also welcome.

Non-Electric Pitches

This ticket will give you an non-electric ‘wild’ camping pitch. Campers are welcome to join us from 12pm Thursday 10th August for 4 nights departing Monday 14th at 11am. You will have full use of our onsite amenities including toilets, showers and drinking water. The ticket also includes Balloon Festival entry for 4 guests including children. Please note that pitches will not be allocated prior to your arrival and we are unable to guarantee neighboring pitches for this event, so if you wish to camp with another group we suggest arriving on site together. Dogs are also welcome.

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Weekend Tickets

This ticket will give you access to the Balloon Festival all weekend. Join us anytime from Friday 11th August (gates open at 10:30am) and enjoy lots of interactions, live music, street food and much more. Gates open earlier at 5:30am on both Saturday and Sunday. This ticket will allow you to come and go as you please all weekend with a wristband for fast re-entry (no need to que again!).

Weekend tickets are £30 for adults and £15 for children (aged 5 – 16). Children under 5 are free.

Day Tickets

This ticket will give you access to the Balloon Festival for your selected day on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Gate opening times: Friday 10:30am, Saturday and Sunday 5:30am. Enjoy lots of interactions, live music, street food and much more. This ticket is only valid for the specified day and cannot be transferred so please select correct entry day or select weekend tickets for unlimited entry Friday – Sunday.

Day tickets are £15 for adults and £7.95 for children (aged 5 – 16). Children under 5 are free.

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195 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Join us from 11th -13th August for our three-day festival. A fun-filled weekend for everyone full of activities from live music, street food, BBQ Grill, beer festival, children’s entertainment, ballooning equipment and memorabilia up close and much, much more.
When
11 Aug, 10:30 – 13 Aug, 22:00
Where
Old Buckenham Country Park,
Doe Lane, Old Buckenham NR17 1PP, UK
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