Since the announcement back in November we now have more information for you :

The all – important registration form can be found HERE.  Please complete and return to us.

The Inflation Day pilot guidelines can be found HERE.  Please read and inwardly digest.

Unless things change, it will be a cash – only event so please bring plenty with you including £5 for the 2024 pin.

Well, here we go again – preparations have begun as the next Inflation Day fast approaches, and I’m pleased to announce once again David Hopkins has agreed to host the event, for which we are extremely grateful! That means that the event will be held on David’s land just off Fen Road, Pidley near Huntingdon where we had the 2022 event (here’s hoping for ballooning weather!) with the chosen date being:
Saturday 27th April 2024
It’s early days with the planning but one or two minor changes over entry have already been agreed! As before, we are very keen to encourage pilots to bring a balloon and bottom end and will offer pilot plus 2 free entry tickets, (balloon envelope only will gain one free entry) no charge for anyone 16 years and under! Balloon registration will be required prior to the event – the form will appear on the BBM&L website in the new year and be available at Icicle. BBM&L Friends and LAASi members (I’m very pleased to say that LAASi have again agreed to sponsor the event) will pay an entry donation of £5 (proof of current membership will be required and MUST be shown on the gate – no proof then the charge will be £10). ALL OTHER visitors will be charged a £10 entry! With no bank card facilities available at the gate, please bring CASH (don’t forget enough for a commemorative event pin (£5), remember we are a charity, and this is one of the major fund-raising events in our calendar!
Whilst there are many modern balloons registered prior to 1974, we have chosen this year as representing a 50-year celebration of modern ballooning, (1974 to 2024) as a theme, but of course as ever, all balloons are welcome to attend – especially early ones! Being on David Hopkins private land there will be limited facilities, but toilets and a food wagon will be available. Most of the event area will be on grass so disabled access will be difficult but never-the-less will be most welcome! Lakeside Lodge Golf centre is at the bottom of Fen Road and has very good facilities, including bookable accommodation as most who have attended previous events will be aware!
Briefing is planned to be 08:30 but will be confirmed nearer the date. Any balloons registered on or before 27th April 2009 and registered for the event could be eligible for a prize, and as ever selected winners will be at the discretion of the BBM&L Council and relating to the achievements on the day, prize winners will be announced at prize giving which will take place at a time to be announced towards the end of the afternoon!
The BBM&L is looking forward to hosting the event once again and hope the weather will be kind on the day! Put the date in your diaries and we look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday 27th April 2024.
Tim Turner
BBM&L Secretary & Event Co-Ordinator



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.



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This Day In History


NASA records have for this day; 100-foot-diameter inflatable sphere successfully launched on third suborbital test to an altitude of 225 miles, from NASA Wallops Station, Va. Radio transmissions were reflected via the sphere from Holmdel, N.J., to Round Hill, Mass.

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