Launch Sites

Kent Ballooning has 8 different launch sites across Kent. The choice of launch site is based upon the forecast wind direction for your flight period. The Pilot will choose the best launch site in order to give us the longest and most importantly safest flight, without ending up in the sea!

Launch Site Addresses and Directions

1. Canterbury

Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Kingsmead Rd, Canterbury, CT2 7PH
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2. Broome Park Country Club

Canterbury Road, Barham, CT4 6QX
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3. Etchinghill Golf Club

Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent CT18 8FA
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4. Evegate

Station Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent TN25 6SX
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5. Great Chart Golf & Leisure

Bears Lane, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BW
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6. Headcorn Aerodrome

Shenley Road, Headcorn TN27 9HX
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7. Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Kent ME17 1RE
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8. Port Lympne Reserve

Aldington Road, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD
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A message from Michael, our Chief Pilot, regarding choosing the launch site

I will choose the launch site for your flight once I have the most up to date forecast.  For a morning flight this will be at 22:00 the night before.  For an evening flight it will be at 14:00 on the day of your flight.  The reason I make this decision so close to the flight time is that the accuracy of the short term forecasts is much greater.

You might be disappointed that the launch site chosen isn’t closer to your home, but that might give us a flight into controlled airspace or even into the sea…  I have been flying since 1998 all around the world, but mostly in Kent, so you’ll just have to trust my decision!

A quick internet search will show disappointed customers from some companies who have more than 20 pilots and allow you to ‘choose’ your launch site from over 100 options, (even though each pilot may cover up to 12 of those launch sites and can only be in one at any time).  They will often move you to a back-up launch site (that may not even be in the same county!) either for safety reasons or for their own convenience.  If a flight gets cancelled you may have to wait quite some time to reschedule from your desired location.

As a family run business, we think it’s best not to disappoint passengers at short notice and so we are up front from the beginning.  Whichever launch site I choose you won’t be disappointed as each have their own unique features.  I actually don’t have a favourite – they’re all great!

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