The Exclusive Cup - #SkySafari

September 13th – 16th 2018  –  Longleat

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

We are delighted to announce that at the 2017 Exclusive Cup Sky Safari, we had a total of 119 hot air balloons launch in a single mass ascent, making us the UK’s largest annual balloon event!

The event welcomed pilots from across the world, with pilots attending from as far afield as Dubai and Alaska! Six balloon teams from the US travelled to the event for the first time and we were honoured to welcome the current World Champion Rhett Heartsill and US National Champion Johnny Petrehn.

#SkySafari saw the unforgettable site of over one hundred balloons floating over the beautiful grounds of Longleat Estate and a stunning night glow and basket glow throughout the weekend.

Over £40,000 worth of prizes were given to pilots and teams at the Sunday Prize Giving, ranging from tablet computers, drones, iPads to a holiday in Spain. Our competition winner was Bill Baker of Texas, USA who a Lindstrand Vortech burner worth over £6000 and the lucky winner of our Grand Prize Draw was British pilot Robin Waite who drove away from the event in a brand new Hyundai i10!

We would like to thank Longleat for all their continued support and look forward to once again welcoming balloon teams from across the world in 2018.

The 2018 event will run from Thursday 13th through Sunday 16th September with fabulous night glows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Pilot Applications for 2018 will open soon and please check this website for updates.

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.