Covering south Yorkshire, we have our launch site at Cusworth Hall Museum and Park. Cusworth Hall is a Grade I listed Georgian country house set in historic parkland which has been transformed into Heritage Doncaster’s social history museum. Its extensive grounds offer an ideal launch site for us to explore south Yorkshire from the skies.
With Doncaster to the east and open farmland to the west, our Doncaster hot air balloon rides offer an interesting mix of urban and rural views.
North West of Cusworth Hall is another stately home worth looking out for, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. Built in the 1860’s, it has survived relatively unscathed until it was taken on by English Heritage in 1990. It is a glorious example of Victorian life with many original features still remaining. You can also enjoy lovely walks around the formal gardens and summerhouse.
To the north east is Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve, a 77 hectare reserve with grasslands, lakes and woodland which is home to a variety of birds and insects.
As well as the beautiful rural views you are likely to see on your Doncaster hot air balloon ride, the town of Doncaster itself will come into view too. This market town grew up from the site of a Roman fort in the 1st century and has traditionally been a prosperous area. This is shown by the stately homes and estates that surround it of Brodsworth Hal, Cantley Hall, Cusworth Hall, Hickleton Hall and Nether Hall. Today it is a vibrant town with plenty of character and things to see and do.
One of Doncaster’s most historic landmarks is The Mansion House. Designed by the local architect James Paine, who copied plans for a royal palace in London. It remains one of only three Mansion Houses in England and has even entertained royalty. Open days allow the public to explore many of the grand rooms of this Grade I listed building, such as the ballroom and kitchen, each showcasing fine Georgian decoration.
Doncaster Racecourse is also worth noting as it is one of the oldest and largest established racecourses in Britain with records going back to the 16th century. Because of this, it is also home to 2 of the world’s oldest races, the Doncaster Cup and the St Leger Stakes.
Imagine catching a glimpse of the racecourse as your Doncaster balloon ride drifts serenely through the skies, it’s sure to be a memorable moment for any horse racing enthusiast.
The Church of St. George towers high over the town with the central tower standing 141 feet above the surrounding countryside. Features such as the carvings (inside and out), the impressive stained glass and the magnificent organ (added in 1862 by the famous organ builder Edmund Schulze) all help to keep visitors coming.
On a clear day you may be treated to views of the Sheffield or Leeds skylines and even the Peak District National Park. Our Doncaster hot air balloon rides really are the perfect way to explore south Yorkshire.