Inflation Day 2024

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 HEREPlease 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

21st November is Montgolfier Day

All over the world, 21st November is the day balloonists celebrate the anniversary of the first free flight with human beings.

In 1783 in Paris, France, the famous Montgolfier balloon took off from the garden of the Château de la Muette in the Bois de Boulogne in the presence of the King. The balloon was designed and built by Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. King Louis XVI had originally decreed that two condemned criminals would be the first passengers, and if they survived they would be pardoned. But Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier, (a chemistry and physics teacher) along with the Marquis François Laurent d’Arlandes (a French military officer), successfully persuaded the King to let them go up instead.

The fifty feet high, highly decorated envelope had a smoky fire slung under the neck of the balloon suspended in an iron basket. It was controllable and supposed to be constantly replenished by the balloonists who were in the balcony around the neck of the balloon. But Marquis François Laurent d’Arlandes was absolutely terrified for the whole flight, and often did not hear Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier yelling at him from the other side of the balloon to put more straw on the fire.

In 25 minutes the two men travelled just over five miles. Enough fuel (hay or straw) remained on board at the end of the flight to have allowed the balloon to fly four to five times as far, but burning embers from the fire threatened to engulf the balloon and the men decided to land as soon as they were over open countryside. The pioneering work of the Montgolfier brothers in developing the hot air balloon was recognised by this type of balloon being named Montgolfière after them.

The *virtual* Inflation Day 2020

The balloons pictured below all registered to attend the Inflation Day and we take our hats off to all the pilots and crews who had the date firmly written in their diaries.
It is seldom we get the chance to see these historic balloons and we send our thanks to Sandy Mitchell and Tim Turner for the photographs.

We had ten Hoppers registered up to the date of cancellation, otherwise you may be sure we would have seen many more on the day.

We were looking forward to celebrating 40 Years of the Museum Line-Up – balloons registered in the Museum’s birth year 1979, mostly Museum balloons plus one or two others …

The Inflation Day is traditionally a good day to raise funds for the Museum so we are thinking of ways of boosting the kitty whilst still having fun.
And of course, there is always the DONATION PAGE 🙂

Inflation Day 2020, 25th April

Inflation Day 2020 – CANCELLED.



It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of Inflation Day 2020.

The situation with Corona virus changes daily and it with everyone’s safety in mind that we have had to make this decision.

As things stand, we do not expect to be able to find another date in 2020 so we shall work on a date and venue for 2021.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.




Tim Turner

BBM&L Secretary & Inflation Day Co-Ordinator

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