Exclusive Cup ballooning competition to take place in North Somerset this summer

7:29am - 23 June 2021

Locations across North Somerset are set to host the UK’s largest hot air balloon race with balloons of all sizes, with various special shapes, taking to the skies for the Exclusive Cup Balloon Race.

The mass balloon event, run by Exclusive Ballooning, will see hot air balloons take off from secret locations at dawn across the region as they compete to be the first balloon to drop their markers on targets set in open countryside.

The event, in its 14th year, is Europe’s largest annual hot air ballooning competition and will be visiting North Somerset skies this summer.  

Don Davies, Leader of North Somerset Council, said: “The Exclusive Cup competition in North Somerset is unique, and we are delighted to support Exclusive Ballooning to provide this extraordinary event.”

Andrew Holly, Operations Director of Exclusive Ballooning said: “At a time when restrictions are still in place, this mass balloon competition is something that everyone can safely enjoy from their homes.

“Whilst we’re unable to share the launch information to allow people to gather at the launch site, we think this will add to the mystique of the event and create a special experience for all to enjoy.”

The launch sites and date of event will be kept under wraps, even from the pilots, to remain within the Covid guidelines and ensure the event can safely proceed.  

Pictures, films, and full information will be shared on the morning of each launch.