Following the success of the 2017 30th Anniversary event, we’re making 2019 even bigger and better.

You asked for a big event décor build to be involved with large scale events, so we’re obliging by having a full day of décor on Saturday 5th October. Designed and led by the fabulous Tampilipe Corbelin of Switzerland you’ll be a part of creating something truly amazing and magical – definitely one for your portfolios and not to be missed.

The Saturday night will then host a three course meal at the Radcliffe hotel, before we all start classes on the Sunday and Monday with a fabulous Gala Dinner on the Sunday night.  

Tickets are selling fast, Book your place for NABAS2019 today

The Event Build:

Saturday is all about big scale balloon décor on the theme of Enchantment. Working under team leaders, you’ll be hands-on recreating the vision of Tampilipe Corbelin. One not to be missed as it’ll give you the confidence to tackle large décor.

The Training:

Then there will be a mix of 90 minute and 3 hour classes on the Sunday and Monday from 9am til 5.30 with a mix of masterclasses and hand-on classes. We have a brilliant line-up of international and home-grown Instructors to inspire you and make your balloon creations even more unique and amazing.

The Competition:

This year our competition is a pre-enter and bring on the day…we want Enchanted Themed table centrepieces. These will be voted on by all the delegates and the one with the highest number of votes wins. The winner will be announced and collect their prize at the Gala Dinner on the Sunday evening.

The Gala Awards Ceremony:

A great excuse to all let our hair down and network with other balloonies. Who better to understand your little foibles and frustrations than other balloon decorators from all over the UK and Europe.

Networking in such a fun industry is a wonderful way to expand your support systems and put faces to names. The award-winning catering team at The Slate will be providing us with a fabulous meal, there will be drinking and dancing, plus awards, live music and entertainment, with the added bonus of your bedrooms being just across the road outside.

If you have ANY questions about this spectacular event, please contact one of the committee or the NABAS office by email or by calling 01787 221026.

We can’t wait to see you there. 


Tampilipe Corbelin from Geneva

Tampilipe Le Magnifique! Huge sculptures, giant decor and the real WOW factor is what this international balloon artist prides himself on. Working with industry giants, teaching at industry events, Tampilipe continues to share his knowledge and passion and we are delighted he will be leading the Enchanted Big Build on Saturday. He will also be holding classes teaching the techniques for boarded balloon letters and numbers.

romina finali

Carla Romina Finali from Barcelona

This inspirational lady returns to us, with her uniquely independent style, design and passion for the beauty and art of balloons. Teaching all over the World, she runs a successful business in Barcelona, is the founder of CEBA (European Convention of Balloon Artists) and promotes this wonderful art everywhere she goes. Be prepared for some unique techniques in true Romina style!

Chris Horne

Christopher Horne – sponsored by Amscan

World renowned trainer and demonstrator of balloon decor skills and event decoration, Chris is the International Creative Projects Manager at Amscan International UK and will be holding classes on both Sunday and Monday

Colin Myles

Colin Myles – sponsored by Qualatex

With over 20 years of experience in balloon decoration, Colin has gained over 30 international awards for his balloon art in both decor and twisting and has taught around the World. Colin will be teaching an intermediate balloon weaving class on the Monday


Rob Driscoll

Multi award winning balloon artist and magicial with over 25 years experience. The Bowtie Balloon Guy is not just your average balloon twister, as those from the 2017 event will know, his creations are simply incredible. Continuing the enchanted theme with intermediate twisting of princesses and stand alone numbers and letters.

STuart with Nutcrackers

Stuart Davies – sponsored by Qualatex

In his relatively short career in the balloon industry, Stuart has gained international recognition thanks to his large-scale projects, such as the Walt Disney International Pride Events.In 2018 he became the newest Qualatex Instructor in Europe, and in the last 12 months he has received great acclaim at numerous locations including WBC 2018, Saudi Qualatex Convention, Ireland, UK, Italy and most recently FLOAT 2019.

Liz Bylett

Liz Bylett  – face and body painting

Award Winning Face and Body Painter, Guinness World Record Holder, Author and owner of Follies Face and Body art and The Living Art Show. Her class will be limited to 20 delegates and will include Liz’s training book for each delegate booked.

Capel Manor

Capel Manor – School of Floristry and Balloon Artistry

London’s leading land-based College offers a wide range of internationally recognised courses in floristry, balloon artistry and event styling, taught by exceptional tutors with vast amounts of industry experience. They will be joining us for both days showing floristry skills within balloon decor.


Jessops Academy

So many of us struggle with taking stunning photographs, so we are bringing you a master class in photography. The training will be led by a member of their Award Winning Academy Training Team. All their Trainers are experienced photographers and have a broad knowledge of all cameras and smartphones to ensure you get the best from them. This class will be limited to 20 delegates.

The state-of-the-art Slate Conference Centre at Warwick University in Coventry, CV4 7SH and accommodation at the 4* Radcliffe Hotel on site.

This stunning venue was a huge hit in 2017, as was the hotel and the food! The buffet style breakfasts and lunches were raved about – a massive selection of freshly cooked delights.

The Booking Form is Below the Following Tables

Saturday 5th October 2019


Room 9am – 1pm Lunch 2pm – 6pm Break 7pm – Late
1 Big event décor build – teams of décor creating large scale sculptures for the whole event.
Designed and Co-ordinated by Tampilipe Corbelin
Big event décor build – teams of décor creating large scale sculptures for the whole event.
Designed and Co-ordinated by Tampilipe Corbelin
Opening Ceremony Reception & Dinner in Radcliffe Break Out area

Sunday 6th October 2019


Room 9am – 10.30am 10.45am – 12.15pm Lunch & Exhibitor 2.15pm – 3.45pm 4pm – 5.30pm Break 7pm – Late
1 Introduction to Photography
Jessops Academy
MAX 20
BREAK Mobile Phone Photography
Jessops Academy
Candy doll, hot air balloon structure – airfilled techniques including distortion
Carla Romina Finali
BREAK Drinks Reception, Gala Dinner, Dancing and Awards
2 Alternate Duplet Rainbow; clouds and elves
Stuart Davies
Framed foam letters and number techniques
Tampilipe Corbelin
3 New designs, techniques and inspiration with Amscan Clearz
Chris Horne
BREAK Surviving the helium shortage & price rises – turn a problem into profit
Chris Horne
Floristry with Balloon Art
Capel Manor
BREAK Surviving the helium shortage & price rises – turn a problem into profit [repeated]
Chris Horne

Monday 7th October 2019

Room 9am – 10.30am 10.45am – 12.15pm Lunch & Exhibitor 2pm – 5pm 5pm til Late
1 Floristry within Balloon Decor
Capel Manor
BREAK Airfilled Giant Twisted Numbers
Rob Driscoll
Lifesized Figures plus Halloween, Christmas & Children’s Balloon Arrangements with a Romina twist
Carla Romina Finali
Fond Farewells in Radcliffe Break Out Area
2 Enchanted weaving: toadstools and fairies
Colin Myles
Tak Weaving with chrome balloons
Colin Myles
Advanced Balloon Twisting – Princess Characters
Rob Driscoll
3 Scriptive Letters from planning and design to creation
Stuart Davies
Professional face & body painting
Liz Bylett
MAX 20
Please only fill out this form IF you have already registered and paid for the event.
Saturday 5th October
Sunday 6th October
Monday 7th October

Saturday 5th October 2019

Enchanted big event decor build followed by Dinner at the Radcliffe.

Sunday 6th October 2019

Early full breakfast then classes from 9am until 5.30pm followed by Gala Dinner with live music and dancing.

Monday 7th October 2019

Early breakfast then classes from 9am until 5.30pm with an after-event wind down drinks and social.

Ultimate VIP Bundle

To be a part of everything!
Three days of full training, including Saturday’s Enchanted big build, Two nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation on-site at Radcliffe (Saturday and Sunday night), Refreshments and lunches each day, Saturday night drinks reception, Sunday night Gala Dinner, Discounted rate if you’re a NABAS member, All you need except drinks & Saturday night dinner.

Full Payment – £399 + VAT (Per Member)

Full Payment – £420 + VAT (Per non-member)

DIY Bundle – Book Your Own Room Your Way

This is the “Book Your Own Accommodation” option, to give you the flexibility to shop around. It includes:
Enchanted big build, Refreshments and lunch, Evening drinks reception
Full day training, Refreshments and lunch, Gala Dinner
Full day training, Refreshments and lunch

£299 + VAT (Per Person)

Experience Bundle – A Taste Of Everything

Full day training, Refreshments and lunch, Gala Dinner, One night Bed & Breakfast accommodation on-site at Radcliffe
Full day training, Refreshments and lunch
£299 + VAT (Per Person)

Sunday Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Book Your Ticket For Our Amazing Sunday Night Party & Award Ceremony Price Includes 3-Course Meal and Live Music.

£55 + VAT (Per Person)

Day Rate – Customize Your Experience

Customize your experience by hand-picking which day(s) you attend from the following:

Saturday – Join Us On Saturday For The Enchanted Decor Big Build, work with teams creating organic displays, aqua balloons, castles, dragons and framework

Sunday – Join Us On Sunday For A Full Day of Training With Tampilipe Corbelin, Carla Romina Finali, Chris Horne, Stuart Davies and Capel Manor

Monday – Join Us On Monday For A Full Day of Training With Stuart Davies, Colin Myles, Rob Driscoll, Carla Romina Finali and Capel Manor

£125 + VAT (Per Person Per Day)

To register your place at the NABAS2019 UK Balloon Event
click here.