Midlands Air Festival

Midlands Air Festival - 31st May - 2nd June 2024

Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire. B49 5NJ


Once again, we are taking our stand to the Midlands Air Festival to raise awareness of the BBM&L and to raise funds.  It is exciting to represent ballooning at the event and G-MUSM will be ‘flying the flag’ for the BBM&L.


Tickets for the air festival must be purchased in advance from


If you are at the festival do come along to our stand and say hello, it will be lovely to see you.




Envelopes, Baskets and Burners

In these pages, you can see a small selection of some of the items we have in store, including Envelopes, Baskets, Burners and Gondolas. Explore the Envelopes gallery, which has a detailed history of each item in the collection.


Our photo collection

A selection of images from our extensive photographic collection. The Museum has an amazing collections of black and white photographs dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s.


Books, magazines and memorabilia

A selection of the books and magazines contained in our collection. The BBM&L is pleased to accept donations of balloon literature of any kind.



View a selection of articles from our member magazine.

Trailrope front cover

As a thank you, we are offering you the chance to peak inside our quarterly membership magazine, Trailrope, to get a taste of the fascinating history of ballooning.

  • Bristol Belle maiden flight 1967
    On this day in 1967, the first UK modern hot air balloon, the Bristol Belle, took her maiden flight at Weston-on-the-Green, Oxon. After becoming […]
  • Three men in a Balloon
     THREE MEN IN A BALLOON are airborne and starting a most magnificent adventure – to drift silently across the Atlantic Ocean in an open wicker […]
  • Roger Quiller Barrett 1935 – 2024
    ROGER QUILLER BARRETT 1935 – 2024. It is with particular sadness that I must report that Roger Quiller Barrett has gone to join the great […]
  • Bridgerton balloon in series 3.
    If you’re a Bridgerton watcher you have a treat in store. Series 3 has a balloon sequence. I haven’t seen it ( yet) but from what I read […]
  • Midlands Air Festival 2024
    The BBM&L had a successful weekend at The Midlands Air Festival, taking our stall to introduce ballooning to the wider public. Thank you to […]

This Day In History


Moldavian pilot Jordaki Kuparentko gave a demonstration of a hot air balloon in Vilnius in Lithuania. Source: Gunars Dukste

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