The Exclusive Cup - #SkySafari

September 14th – 17th 2017  –  Longleat

The UK’s largest balloon festival…is now The Exclusive Cup at Longleat.

We are thrilled to announce that with 130 registered balloons and an anticipate 115 balloons flying over the weekend of #SkySafari at Longleat, our Exclusive Cup is set to become the largest hot air balloon festival in Britain and also the second largest event in Europe after Metz, France.

We have fantastic ongoing support from Longleat and this year we will also be opening a second launch site on the other side of the lake.

For those who were there last year, we are excited to welcome you back and for those whom this is their first Exclusive Cup, we will be making you feel as welcome as possible.

The highlight of the weekend, the spectacular choreographed night glow, will also be the UK’s largest with 30 balloons on the Saturday evening. And…just in case you missed this, one of our glow pilots will drive away in a BRAND NEW CAR as a thank you…

We will be releasing a further list of surprises in the Countdown to Longleat 2017, which is now only four weeks away!

The event will run from Thursday 14th through Sunday 17th September with fabulous night glows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

For ticket information as a spectator, please visit the Longleat website.


The Exclusive Cup’s inaugural event was held at Sudeley Castle in 2008 with sixty balloons and 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 environment.

For those who wish to, there is some light hearted competition flights, with prizes available. We welcome pilots from across the world and particularly welcome and encourage new and novice pilots to the event.