Bristol balloon fiesta


Ah, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta! It’s an event unlike any other, where hundreds of colorful hot air balloons take to the skies, transforming the landscape into a mesmerizing spectacle.

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 

Held annually in August at Ashton Court Estate, the fiesta attracts over 100 hot air balloons and 500,000 visitors over four days. It’s not just about the balloons, though. The fiesta is a jam-packed extravaganza with something for everyone:

  • Twice daily mass ascents: Witness a breathtaking ballet of balloons as they gracefully lift off from the arena, painting the sky with vibrant hues.Opens in a new window air balloons taking off from Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 
  • Nightglow: After sunset, the balloons light up from within, creating a magical and ethereal display.Opens in a new window at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 
  • Live music and entertainment: Keep the party going with lively tunes and performances throughout the day.
  • Family activities: From arts and crafts to face painting and bouncy castles,there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained.
  • Food and drink stalls: Indulge in a variety of delicious food and beverages from around the world.

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience, a hot air balloon ride at the Bristol fiesta is the way to go. Imagine soaring above the crowds, with the city of Bristol and the lush greenery of Ashton Court spread out beneath you. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are some additional details about the fiesta:

  • Dates for the 2024 event: 8th – 11th August
  • Tickets: Booking opens in February, so keep an eye on the official website for updates.
  • Getting there: The fiesta is easily accessible by public transport or car.
  • Accommodation: Book your stay well in advance, as Bristol gets busy during the fiesta.

Why does Bristol have a Balloon Fiesta?

The event was first held in 1979, building on a strong local tradition of ballooning in and around Bristol, stretching back to the eighteenth century. The festival is now one of the largest in Europe. It is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival.

Where is the biggest balloon fiesta in the world?

From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now features about 600 balloons and 700 pilots.

How long is Bristol Balloon Fiesta?

four days

Today, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta attracts over 100 hot air balloons and is witnessed by 500,000 followers over the four days of the event.

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