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Virgin Balloon Flights - Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom
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About Virgin Balloon Flights - Oxford
Nestled in the heart of Oxford, this launch site offers flyers views of the famous City of Oxford and all its historic surroundings. Whichever direction the wind takes you on your trip, you are guaranteed a fascinating flight over some picturesque landscapes and features, through which is threaded the infant River Thames.
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Virgin Balloon Flights - Oxford
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Steerpike wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom27 contributions12 helpful votes
50th birthday present for my wife. This was our 3rd flight attempt. Others we met on the day had tried longer. Balloons need just the right weather it seems. Even the hottest May Dab Bank Holiday on record (2018) we had flight cancelled - our pilot explained hot weather can generate thermals which cause a more bumpy ride. Our day was very very pleasurable. Mark (the pilot) and Mike (ground crew) got us involved setting up for take-off. It was a bit misty, but the pilot dropped us down again so we could have a good view - we have to have sight of land at all times apparently. Then we came into land - no one said anything - had Mark noticed the country house grounds were full of trees? We trusted him! We sailed gently down between the trees and landed upright with barely a bump. Yes he had done that before, he replied with good humour to my cheeky question! Really great day - and we both want to do it again now. Our patience waiting for a flight was all worth it.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from VirginBalloonFlights, Public Relations Manager at Virgin Balloon Flights - Oxford
Responded Apr 3, 2019
Hi Steerpike, Thank you for your feedback. Great to hear you had a wonderful balloon ride with our pilot Mark over Oxford. Kind regards, The Virgin Balloon Flights Team
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Dbro21 wrote a review May 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom18 contributions13 helpful votes
My brother in law bought 2 tickets in 2014. He lives abroad. The first time he booked the flights were cancelled. No refund was available despite us explaining our problem. We asked whether next time he visited we could book a slot on different days in case of cancellation. We were told no. We were told the next slot was several weeks away. Not helpful if you are visiting from abroad. We paid extra to include the possibility of weekend flights and extended the validity of the voucher. We have still been unable to get the flights and after another cancellation we have still been refused a refund. At every opportunity to be helpful and understanding the staff in customer services have instead chosen to be inflexible. I am sure the experience would be great if only we could secure a flight. I wonder how many people buy this and then just give up.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Anne S wrote a review May 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom20 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a delightful evening sailing across Oxfordshire in idyllic conditions. Sunset, views, lots to see. It was interesting to see how the balloon was unpacked and set up and then put away at the end and it was fun to help out. A glass of bubbly at the end while talking to fellow passengers completed the evening. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Jo O wrote a review Oct 2015
Basingstoke, United Kingdom40 contributions18 helpful votes
I had a wonderful morning with Mark and his team ballooning towards Reading. The whole experience was fun. Mark was very professional and informative. We had a flawless flight which lasted about an hour and a half and a smooth landing. We all helped to inflate and pack up the balloon and were treated to champagne at the end. The weather was perfect. I would recommend Virgin.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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kahewitt wrote a review Jul 2015
Oxford, United Kingdom12 contributions8 helpful votes
Great experience, brought this as a gift for my mums 50th birthday and we all loved it! Already looking at booking another flight for 2016!!
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Date of experience: July 2015
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