Hot air balloon pilots from around the world descend on this corner of Wiltshire for one weekend in September each year. Come and watch the skilful displays as the sky is filled with colour, and in the evening, a myriad of glowing light.
Day 1 After our door to door service, we travel across country to Devizes, the historic centre of which has numerous listed 18th-century and medieval buildings, and the museum houses 500,000 years of Wiltshire history! We continue to our hotel in Chippenham.
Day 2 A free morning to explore Chippenham before a lunch* at our hotel. Our afternoon and evening are spent at Longleat for the biggest annual hot air balloon festival in Europe! Up to 200 balloons ascend into the sky and we can enjoy launches, tethered daytime displays and, in the evening, ‘Night Glows’. We also have a drive through the Safari Park** and have time to visit the wonderful house and gardens. We return to our hotel at around 9.30pm.
Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Bath, where you have free time to visit the shops, parks, museums and cafés of your choice.
Day 4 A day out with Poldark today, as we visit the historic market town of Corsham, a hidden gem on the fringe of the Cotswolds, which doubled as 18th-century Truro in the BBC series. In the afternoon we travel to Chavenage, for a tour of this wonderful Elizabethan house, which featured as Trenwith, the Poldark family home.
Day 5 We depart after breakfast and travel to Winchester for free time to sightsee and have some lunch. We return to the local area early evening where your taxi will be waiting to take you home.
Originally a 17th-century coaching inn, The Best Western Plus Angel has been extensively refurbished and offers an excellent blend of traditional comfort and contemporary style, now incorporating a gym and indoor pool. Bedrooms have TV, WiFi, telephone, safe, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift, but many ground floor rooms, located in two buildings with a courtyard between.