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Up, Up and Away: Beautiful Balloon Releases with doctor bob Balloons Unlimited

Nothing quite lifts the spirits and captures the imagination like watching hundreds of beautiful, colourful balloons float into the sky. Make a wish. How far will it go? Where will it land? Who will it find?

Balloon releases and balloon races are popular for fundraising events, wedding celebrations, corporate promotions and even funerals. Our experienced team will provide everything you need for a colourful, striking biodegradable balloon release. From set up to release in simultaneous or rapid succession, Dr Bob’s will manage the whole event. And because we’re members of the Balloon and Party Industry Alliance and the National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers, you can rest assured that all our balloon releases and races comply with the Balloon Releases and Races Code of Conduct.

Balloon Releases and Races Code of Conduct

doctor Bob Balloons Unlimited are members of the National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers and we operate using the code of Conduct.

We are very aware of our responsibilities to the environment. The code of conduct was produced to formalise the principles for balloon releases. It is important that everyone adheres to the code in the interest of safeguarding the environment.

  • Only natural latex rubber balloons will be used for releases
    Latex, being an organic product, degrades naturally in the environment. Balloons made of any material other than latex and in particular foil balloons should not be used for releases.
  • All components used in balloon releases must be biodegradable 
    Balloons must be hand tied; plastic valves should not be used. Any attached labels must be of paper, preferably recycled.
  • Only helium gas should be used to inflate the balloons 
    Helium is an inert lighter-than-air gas. As the balloon rises, the gas expands until eventually the balloon bursts producing small fragments, which aid decomposition.
  • No ribbons or strings must be attached to the balloons
    Ribbons and strings represent a potential problem and must never be used in balloon releases. Labels should be attached via the hand tied balloon knot.
  • Balloons must always be launched singly
    Single balloons disperse easily and quickly. They must never be tied together in bunches for balloon releases.
  • Full approval must be obtained from the relevant authorities 
    Releases exceeding 5000 balloons should not take place unless they have been cleared in advance with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and any relevant local authorities. The authorities must be notified in writing at least 28 days prior to the release. For releases under 5000 the Authorities should still be notified but only verbally.
  • Maximum balloon size
    Balloons larger than 12” must not be released. It is forbidden to use balloons containing any metallic pigment.
  • All balloons sold near balloon releases must be weighted 
    Any balloons sold in the vicinity of a balloon release must be sold with a weight attached to ensure they cannot escape. Foil balloons must never be released. Latex balloons with a plastic valve and ribbon must also be weighted.

To discuss organising your own balloon release or balloon race, contact one of our consultants on 01446 730780, or email

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“She said it all went really well, and the sponsor, Brace’s were very happy! I don’t have details of entries as yet, but labels are continuing to come in from people who retrieved the balloons from far and wide It has been wonderful working with you, Bob and your team, and do hope we have the opportunity of working with Dr Bobs Balloons again.”

Linda Mullins, Sponsorship and partnership co-ordinator, Cardiff Council