Event Details

Up, up and away! The Eclipse Flight is set to be an extraordinary event and a unique opportunity to see a hot air balloon launch from the Cross Hayes, Malmesbury. The event is in aid of the Friends of Athelstan Museum’s appeal for the restoration of The Moravian Church.


Fri 19th May 2017

An evening lecture with Sir David Hempleman-Adams, ‘At the mercy of the winds’ Adventures in Ballooning.
    7pm @ Malmesbury Town Hall
    Tickets: £12.50 (including glass of wine). Available from the Athelstan Museum 01666 829 258 /


Sat 20th May 2017

Guided Walking Tours Tracing Walter Powell’s lasting influence on Malmesbury
    1:30pm: A children friendly walk: ‘Walter Powell MP: Trains, Schools, Gasworks and Balloons’ Includes activities for children aged 4 plus.
    3:30pm: Walter Powell MP: Malmesbury’s kind Victorian?
    Tickets: £5 Adult, £3 Child. Available from the Athlestan Museum. Numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult


Up, up and away! Stories & activities for children aged 5-10 years.
   10.30am – 11.30am: Malmesbury Library. FREE.


Art activities Fun for children aged 4+
    3pm: Maybe School Room, Oxford Street, Malmesbury. FREE.


Sun 21st May 2017

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. The event will commemorate Walter Powell’s 1881 hot air balloon launch from the very same spot, 136 years prior.
Fun activities start from 4.30pm with lift off between 6.30pm – 7pm.
The event will be supported by local businesses who will be opening their doors / providing stalls on the day. As well as food and drink, expect all the traditional favourites, including a tombola, a coconut shy and an old-fashioned hammer strike. Children can enjoy modern and vintage fire trucks, face painting, balloons, stickers and activity packs.
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!