THE UK’s biggest hot air balloons are coming to Cheshire's Bolesworth Castle – between Whitchurch and Chester – this summer as it plays host to the incredible Great Balloon Race Extravaganza.

Three nights of amazing aerial entertainment will fill the skies across Cheshire and neighbouring counties as up to 50 of the best hot air balloons go ‘up, up and away’ before returning for a dazzling night glow accompanied by the Ibiza Classics Orchestra.

The Great Balloon Race Extravaganza will be held in the castle grounds across the weekend of Friday to Sunday, August 6-8.

Each evening ends with a headline set from a 90s UK chart sensation before a dynamic fireworks display.

For those with a head for heights, balloon flights are also available with prices starting from £325 for an individual on a shared flight, £950 for a couple and up to £1,650 for a party of six.

This includes allocated plots for a maximum of six people, hand sanitiser stations, operating a ‘click & collect’ food and drinks service – via an event app – and additional toilet facilities

There are three options of plots available, standard, premium and VIP with prices ranging from £65 to £240.

A standard plot (£65) is 3.5m square; a premium plot (£120) is 5m square and includes a bench and is located nearer the show arena; or a VIP plot (£240) is 5m square and also includes a welcome drink, table service, a prime location by the arena, VIP parking and VIP toilet facilities.

Event director Adam Faulkner said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing the Great Balloon Race festival to Bolesworth Castle.

“It has been a year since our last show – and a hard year for everyone – so we have gone all out to make this a truly fantastic evening for families and friends to enjoy."

For more details of the event and to book a plot go to