Oliver Webb

I hold a commercial pilots licence and have flown all over Europe and beyond. I’m qualified to fly balloons up to 315,000 cubit ft. and a co-founder of York Balloon Fiesta and now I am flight director for the event. I skipped school to go on my first balloon flight in 2008 and now own…

Harry Stringer

I started ballooning in the early 1980s and became a pilot in 1991. Along with my wife Freda, son Jason and daughter Melissa, we have flown in many amazing places around the world, notably Japan, South America and Sri Lanka.

David Bareford

I started ballooning in 1974. In 1977 I took part in the British Nationals and first represented the U.K. at the World Championships at Castle Howard later that year coming 10th. I have won the UK National championships on nice occasions, the European championships three times and won the World Championships twice. I flew all…

Peter Haworth

I’ve been a keen balloonist for 20 years and ballooning has taken me to many events in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. It’s a great sport to do if you want to see different places and to meet different people.

Andrew Evans

I will be flying a Lindstrand Balloon Company ex demonstrator which he shares with David and Julie Hartland. My wife Helen is also a qualified pilot. I hold commercial and instructor ratings and have been flying balloons for over 30 years. During this time, I have taken part in many events in the UK and…

Mark Dunstan

I have been flying balloons for over 30 years in several countries and it is still a thrill after 1300 flights. It is a passion that doesn’t fade.

David Rawlings

Our balloon, Polly, is a favourite wherever we fly, with its vibrant colours you can spot it for miles. We’re looking forward to flying the sky’s of York, and hopefully a flight over the Minster. Polly has flown in Italy, France and various events throughout the UK and has also crossed the English Channel with…

Alex Hook

I’m pilot from North Wales and I love coming to the York Balloon Fiesta!

Craig Duggan

I’m a second-generation pilot from York. I have been flying balloons since the mid-90s and gained my pilot’s licence soon after. I can regularly be seen flying over the skies of York.

Abi Sutcliffe

I’m a local pilot in York and have been a balloon pilot for two and a half years. I’m looking forward to following in my Dad’s footsteps as a commercial balloon pilot.

Dan Gillespe

I’m one of the youngest commercial balloon pilots in the world and will be flying passengers at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta for Yorkshire Balloon Flights. I was born in England buthave lived in Australia most of my life. I spent the summer of 2021 flying balloons in Bristol, England.

John Till

I’m a Yorkshire Pig farmer from just outside York. I owns several balloons and have been flying since the 90s. I gained my licence in 2000. I am also a qualified balloon inspector.