Welcome to the Exclusive Cup, SkySafari – Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon festival
Almost 250 hot air balloons from all corners of the world ascended from Longleat in September 2019, making Sky Safari Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event!
We had pilots from as far afield as the USA, United Arab Emirates and Japan who took part in the event.
Our new giant Longleat Koala hot air balloon called Adelaide flew over the huge park with her friends which include Simbaloo the lion, a cheetah called Duma, Roger the panther, Wes the wolf, a fox, a parrot, an owl and a new friend, a guinea pig was unvailed .
We had almost 40 special shaped balloons making an appearance over the weekend; either flying or taking part in tethered displays with everything from a flying recreation of the Brandenburg Gate, a giant emoji and a full-sized version of the famous animated balloon from Up.
Our signature unique night glows took place on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening where tethered balloons are choreographed to a carefully selected and produced soundtrack, an incredible sight no one should miss.
The Exclusive Cup is an now an established annual event in the UK calendar as the event for balloonists run by balloonists with the emphasis on relaxed and fun flying in a friendly yet professional environment.
Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions in place we took the difficult but appropriate decision to postpone The Exclusive Cup for 2020, replacing the event with a drive-in night glow, the first of its kind in the UK.
Exclusive Ballooning is set to return to Longleat on 10th-12th September 2021, with another spectacular drive-in nightglow. For 2021, The Exclusive Cup will temporarily move to a flying-only event in North Somerset taking place in July.