I came across this festival by accident. The Northamptonshire Magic Club were advertising on their Facebook page that they were attending the the show and had a stall.
The Northampton Balloon Festival was running from Friday the 18th through to Sunday the 20th of August. Starting at 12pm each day through to 10.30pm at night.
While you could book in advance for a reduced fee, tickets on the day are reasonable with adults at £4 and under 16's £3. Car parking is close by within the vacinity and costs just £5 a car.
We attended on the Saturday afternoon and while no balloon flights were taking place that day due to the weather, there was lots to do.
The event appeared to be very well planned with private firm/security running the event.
Many different shows are available to watch which includes stunt shows and re-enactments of the American Civil War. Also equine events and hot air balloon launches when weather permitted.
The site is massive with lots of space for all. Many food vans which is mainly burgers, chips and noodles along with a drinks bar.
A big draw for families is of course the fun fair. Other attractions such as birds of prey, circus skills and many other events offer variety.
The large marques host charities and community stalls along with general stalls to purchase pictures, food, crafts etc.
For more details, do visit the main site here: https://thenorthamptonballoonfestival.co.uk
See below for a small gallery of pictures from the day.
I would definitely attend again next year but would probably go later in the day with the hope of seeing balloon glows and fireworks.
Lovely to meet the Northamptonshire Magic club and thank you for entertaining my family.