If you’re looking to swap the hot air spouted by your aunts and in-laws this Spring Bank Holiday weekend for, erm, some other hot air, we’ve got the perfect news for you: the Balloons InDurham festival that debuted last year is coming back for a second helping.

Last year’s fiesta, organised by Durham BID (Business Improvement District), was as thoroughly appreciated as it was eagerly anticipated, attracting some 20,000 people to the city to watch the hot air balloon launches and the night glow.

Hopes for a fault-free event

As so often with inaugural events, though, not everything went to plan, with high winds forcing the cancellation of some of the balloon launches. Still, such experiences will have stood the organisers in good stead for this year’s event, so there’s probably never been a better time to discover the joys of balloons in Durham.

Sure enough, Adam Deathe of Durham BID said the team had learned many lessons from last year’s festival and the feedback received from it. He added that the organisers would be doing everything they could to make this year’s Balloons InDurham festival the biggest and best yet – and we don’t doubt them.

What’s planned for this year?

Durham BID sent out a ‘save the date’ tweet on 21st March with the hashtag #BalloonsInDurham, urging its social followers to make space in their diaries for 25th to 28th May.

The full programme of events was yet to be released at the time IN&AROUND went to press, but we already know certain things about what will take place over the four days.

The 2018 festival will be held across various locations within Durham, with an array of hot air balloons set to take off in both the early mornings and later in the evenings from the Houghall Campus of East Durham College.

The public will also be able to enjoy tethered balloon rides at Palace Green next to the cathedral, in addition to an assortment of other family-friendly activities.

With Balloons InDurham set to be just one of many balloon events happening across the UK this year, it promises to be quite the celebration for people of all ages. But don’t just look to the skies, as on the ground, the weekend also gives you the ideal opportunity to shop, dine and enjoy the many other fine things about this remarkable city and part of England.

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