Our Hot Air Balloon Meets - everyone welcome!
Below you will find listed our forthcoming meets, but please keep checking as the list will change when new meets are ready to be advertised. Our club meets are not restricted to club members, everyone is welcome.

There isn't a charge to attend our meets without a balloon, and it is just 10 registration with a balloon, there may be a small charge towards overnight stays in tents/caravans and motorhomes and this will be specified on the entry form. These need to be booked in advance please.

If you would like to join us, we ask that you register via the relevant meet entry form below under "Click for Entry form and Meet Info". This is simply so we can keep you up to date with what is going on and to let you have further details as necessary.

The closing date for entries is usually the Saturday prior to the meet to allow us to finalise the details with the site. However, if you have left it too late and the deadline has passed by, don't worry, just get in touch and we will try to fit you in.

For more information about our meets, please contact the club's meet organisers; Alex and Elaine Smith, via the email address; meets@prba.org.uk or telephone 07974 316123
PRBA Balloon Meets
White Horse Meet 13/07/2018  - 15/07/2018
Thirsk, North Yorkshire

This is one of the longest running meets in our calendar, (2018 will be our 20th visit!) and we have great pleasure in inviting everyone along again to take part in the fun and friendly rivalry with the pilots trying their luck to win the White Horse trophy. No cheating!

As before, we have the usual well-drained camping and launch area.

The year we have a bit of fun on Saturday afternoon, the PRBA Fun Dog Show! Entrants can be canine, bovine, ovine, feline or even human. I suspect mainly dogs and humans though (fancy dress essential for humans)! We will have lots of fun classes such as best treat catcher, longest tongue, waggiest tail, oldest 'dog', youngest 'dog', saddest eyes, quickest biscuit eater, a bit of agility perhaps...... you get the idea!

All on-site overnight stays must be pre-booked and paid for.

Saturday night (after the flying of course) we will be holding the 'pub quiz' again and promise to make the questions slightly easier this time. All entrants pay a 1 each, teams as big as you like - winning team takes the pot, ..... and no internet allowed!!!
Click for Entry form and Meet Info
North Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Day/Weekend 27/07/2018  - 29/07/2018
Hibaldstow Airfield
Members and friends of the PRBA have been invited to a weekend of fun AND entry to the North Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Open Day at Hibaldstow Aerodrome.

We will be based on the airfield and will be able to camp for FREE. There are showers, toilets, a cafe, a bar
and lots of people jumping out of planes!

If you don't want to camp, the airfield have some rooms available to book, but get in touch very quickly a they are booked up well in advance. Also, the village pub, The Wheatsheaf, have four double/twin rooms at around 64/night. Bargain! We have test driven the food there too and it was really good. Tel: 01652 659595 or email wheatsheafhotel@outlook.com, the landlord would love a flight by the way!

On Sunday (the Aviation Heritage Day), we have been asked to put our balloons up to be a part of the whole picture of aviation, we are, afterall, the oldest (successful) form of flying which man choose to create.

We haven't had a balloon meet in this area for a long number of years so come along and take advantage of a bargain weekend.

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Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally 10/08/2018  - 12/08/2018
Driffield, East Yorkshire
See all things steam-driven - vehicles, fairground rides, etc. Vintage Road Run Saturday evening.

Limited to six teams of four people.

Free camping and free entry to the entire weekend's rally.

And this year we have an esteemed guest from the USA - Brian Boland, bringing a hopper and touring the UK in a Smart Car (converted into his campervan too!!!).
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Naburn Lock 'Splash & Dash' Meet 21/09/2018  - 23/09/2018
Naburn Lock, York
Once again, we head back to Naburn Lock Caravan Park for the weekend, and being so close to the river what better pilot challenge than a Splash & Dash?

For the pilot who achieves the (best) S&D (or attempt), the Diver's Helmet trophy will be theirs to cherish (and polish) for the year!

John Russon won it two years on the trot - 2014 and 2015, with Malc Skilbeck stealing it from under his nose in 2016, the trophy was back in God's Own County for a year, then Derek Grimshaw took it back to Lancashire in 2017, so look out those Lancastrians we going to get it back again! Friendly rivalry only you understand!

If you are staying on site at Naburn Lock Caravan Park, please do not forget to contact them to confirm your place in addition to completing the PRBA entry form.
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Autumn Gold Meet 05/10/2018  - 07/10/2018
Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire
The Autumn Gold meet is now in its 6th year and, following a break from High Grundon Farm in 2017 due to the saturated ground (we had so much rain late summer 2017!), we are back to this friendly site for another relaxed ballooning weekend. Let's hope for the weather of 2015 and 2016, and perhaps even better.

We are just down the road from Thornton-le-Dale, which is the quintessential 'chocolate box' village and well worth a visit.

Bring your choice of tent, caravan or motorhome; book an onsite camping pod or even one of the lovely cottages.

There is plenty of local accommodation too - check out welcometopickering.co.uk for a host of hotels, guest houses, B&B's etc. in Pickering and the surrounding area.

Why not come to the meet and make a week of it by staying on for Pickering's 1940s Wartime Weekend?

The pilots will be chasing the Autumn Gold trophy again, and the task will be set by last year's winners.
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Other U.K. Balloon Meets
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 09/08/2018  - 12/08/2018
Ashton Court, Bristol
More information
York Balloon Fiesta 28/09/2018  - 30/09/2018
Knavesmire Racecourse York
Contact yorkballoonfiesta@gmail.com for more information.
Overseas Balloon Meets
Sagrantino Italian Challenge Cup 22/07/2018  - 05/08/2018
Todi & the Sagrantino Wine Valley
More information
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 06/10/2018  - 14/10/2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
More information
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