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First Flight

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Address: Says Lane, Bristol BS40 5DZ, England
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+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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A Great Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Strictly-5-Star
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Flew with Nigel and First Flight in May 2016. The entire experience from booking a flight slot, on the day communication and the general warmth and hospitality from Nigel and his team contributed to the most memorable of days. Flew from the Chew valley out towards the Mendips. The sensation of flying in a balloon is one I will not... More 

Thank JAYC-_87
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Nigel and his team made this trip absolutely wonderful . We were lucky enough to have the most perfect weather and the views of Bristol were amazing. The take off and landing were really smooth, which helped my friend who was a really nervous passenger. I felt reassured that I was in safe hands with Nigel when he had to... More 

Thank LadyTKD

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