Celebrate a truly extraordinary event happening in Malmesbury, this May!

Renowned explorer, Sir David Hempleman-Adams will be launching his very own hot air balloon from the Cross Hayes with James Gray riding in the basket. The event will commemorate Walter Powell’s 1881 hot air balloon launch from the very same spot, 136 years prior.

We’ll be marking the balloon launch with 3 days of fun-filled celebrations. Enjoy a special lecture, guided walks and family entertainment with all funds raised going to the Friends of Athelstan Museum for the special renovation of The Moravian Church.


Save The Dates!

Friday 19th May
Lecture with Sir David Hempleman-Adams & James Gray
7pm at Malmesbury Town Hall

Saturday 20th May
Guided Walking Tours
Tracing Walter Powell’s lasting influence on Malmesbury
From 1:30pm

Sunday 21st May
The Eclipse Flight – Launch Day!
A hot air balloon will be launching from the Cross Hayes, with Sir David Hempleman-Adams and James Gray riding in the basket.
Fun activities start from 4.30pm with lift off between 6.30pm – 7pm

Back up date in case of poor lift off conditions is Sunday 4th June 2017. Please check website for live updates before you leave home!

For full event details, visit our Launch Day page.

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