Women’s Ballooning weekend 25-27 Sep 2015 at Finmere Aerodrome Buckinghamshire



Time: 15:30
Location: Finmere Aerodrome, Buckinghamshire.



This is the meet for female pilots and PuTs to gather for fun and flying with a friendly

no-pressure atmosphere. The only rule? You need a female P1 or PuT in the basket!

We’ve been invited by a lovely lady airfield owner to hold our 6th UK meet at Finmere Aerodrome, Buckinghamshire.

The airfield will be our base for briefings and there will be options to fly from here and a couple of other local launch sites. Access details will be provided to entrants after booking.

Friday 25th: First briefing 15.30 @ Finmere Aerodrome for anyone that can get there and wants to fly then informal meet up and dinner in a local pub (tbc)

Saturday 26th: Briefings 06.30 and 15.30 @ Finmere. Dinner @ Best Western Buckingham 19.30

Dinner and party

As usual we’ll have some fun with a fancy dress theme (details to follow)

The Best Western Buckingham is providing a carvery dinner and pudding

£15/ adult £10/child Payable in advance so please add to your booking form

Sunday 27th: Briefing 06.45 @ Finmere Aerodrome. Prize giving 11.30ish

Booking form and fee

£25 per team if booked before 25 August, then £30.

Please complete and return the booking form to Marie Banks

Women’s Balloon Meet 2015 booking form


19 Wathen Road, Bristol, BS6 5BY

07720 183302

If you’re a Facebook user, join the event on the Women in Ballooning page for further updates


The Best Western Buckingham has 35 rooms available and on hold for us until 31st March. If you would like to secure a room within staggering distance of the dinner (and 5 mins’ drive from the airfield) then please call or email to book quoting ‘Balloon’ to get the B&B rates below. They will do a late breakfast after flying. Single = £70 /night Double/twin = £78 /night Family = £88 /night


01280 825441 Email Phil Rea sales@thebuckinghamhotel.co.uk

Other options include:

• Travelodge (on Buckingham ringroad, close to Best Western) http://www.travelodge.co.uk/

White Hart Inn (in Buckingham town, no trailer parking but you can leave trailers at the airfield) http://www.goodnightinns.co.uk/hotel-booking/the-white-hart-hotel-buckingham/

Villiers Hotel (in Buckingham town) http://www.villiers-hotel.co.uk/

Loads of B&Bs in the area and Bicester is only 15 mins’ drive for other hotel options

• Free camping on site at the airfield

Fixed wing, rotary and BWPA

There is an option for fixed wing and rotary fliers to join us – please let me know if you or your crew intend to arrive by air and we’ll put you in touch with the airfield owner. Finmere Aerodrome is listed in Pooley’s guide.

Members of the British Women’s Pilot’s Association (BWPA) are invited to join us again.

Gas -Will be available from a private bulk tank (approx. 25 mins’ drive away) but please come will full tanks or make contact beforehand if you will need gas before the first flight.

Maps – We’re in the northwest corner of map 165 so you may also need 164 and152 or order a centred one from Lindsay@aerostationery.co.uk A marked up master will be available.

Here’s hoping for another great weekend together and if the weather isn’t in our favour, we’ll have some other activities to keep us amused, or you can explore the local area, which offers … Bicester shopping village (!), Buckingham Railway Centre, Bletchley Park, Waddesdon Manor and Stowe Gardens (National Trust), Woburn Safari Park and Go Ape!