The Eclipse Flight is a special event designed to recreate Walter Powell’s 1881 hot air balloon launch, from the very same spot, 136 years prior. For full event details, click here.

Renowned explorer, Sir David Hempleman-Adams will be launching his hot air balloon from the Cross Hayes in Malmesbury. For more information on Sir David Hempleman-Adams, click here.

For a fascinating insight into the life of Walter Powell, visit The Balloon Book page. The Balloon Book is a limited-edition reprint of ‘Walter Powell MP The Balloonist’ written by Portia Hobbs. It will be available at the event and from Athelstan Museum thereafter.

Friends of Athelstan Museum have been campaigning for the restoration of the Moravian Church. All funds raised from the event will go towards the repair and renovation of the building. Visit the FOAM page for more information.

The event is looking for sponsors. If you’d like to get involved in this unique opportunity, get in touch via our media page. We’d love to hear from you!