Icicle Refrozen Balloon Meet

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Donnington Grove Hotel is a beautiful 18th century country hotel in Newbury, in the heart of the Royal County of Berkshire. It's set in 500 acres of elegant grounds and comes with a rich, intriguing history. The hotel is situated within easy reach of the M4, M5 motorway network, easily accessible to attractions like Highclere Castle (TV home to Downton Abbey), Newbury Race Course and for cruising the Kennet and Avon canal. It is also home to one of Berkshire's renowned championship golf courses, having played host to a number of Pro and televised golf events.

With former inhabitants including style icon Beau Brummell and fun-loving femme fatale Daisy Fellowes, Donnington Grove is anything but humdrum. From original hand-painted decorations to period artworks and furniture, the hotel has a timeless, unique feel. Even during peak times it offers peaceful seclusion, alongside plenty to discover and enjoy.

Guests adore the unrivalled views of Donnington Castle and the idyllic River Lambourn, with its resident trout, ducks and swans. They also love the warmth of the welcome, the excellent service and wide choice of accommodation, from splendid manor house rooms to cosy lodges and an eco-friendly summer house. All these qualities mark Donnington Grove as one of the most unique hotels in Berkshire.

Site Layout

The launch field is on a slight slope the entrance will be at the top of the hill the exit at the bottom, Prior to Briefing the exit will be closed.

Please only park in the rear car park or launch field, entry to the launch field will only be allowed to vehicles with Balloons. There are no exceptions so please don’t ask.


Icicle Refrozen Venue Map

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Briefings will take place in the small walled carpark to the left of the launch field. There will also be food and drink available in this area.

Access to the site is via a narrow road with passing places, please be considerate whilst using the road.

The Trade Show exhibition area is in the main hotel. Please follow the signs provided.

(free boot-cleaner at hotel rear by the golf shop)