Lion Spotted on Weston-super-Mare Beach!

Exclusive Ballooning made history on Saturday night after flying a hot air balloon from the foot of the new Grand Pier on Weston-super-Mare beach.

Exclusive Ballooning’s Operations Director Andrew Holly knows the Weston area well having family based here and also himself owning an apartment on Knightstone Island. Andrew has been wanting to fly from the beach for years and began working with North Somerset Council to explore what could be possible.

After much collaboration, Exclusive Ballooning secured unique permission for a one off flight from the seafront and at 8:30pm on Saturday June 2nd, Andrew achieved his goal.

As the organisers of the Sky Safari Balloon Festival at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire, Exclusive Ballooning operates the stunning Longleat Lion balloon known as Simbaloo.

Beach goers were delighted to see the giant special shape Lion being inflated on the beach and then launching with the Grand Pier in the background and heading over the promenade and inland.

Drifting over Worle, Simbaloo greeted many surprised locals who were enjoying a BBQ in the Saturday evening sun and then landed safely in Castle Batch Park to the delight of those in the area.

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