Where: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
What is it?
Bristol will play host to Europe’s largest ballooning event, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, a free event for the whole family from 8th – 11th August 2013. Over 150 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and light up the skies at night with evening glows and fun activities on the ground to keep everyone entertained.
The event features four days of extravagant hot air balloon displays with half a million visitors gathering in the gorgeous grounds of Ashton Court to watch balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the city of Bristol. Entertainment for all the family includes fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, face painting and acoustic music areas.
Visit the festival each morning at 6am for ‘Breakfast and Balloons’, watching the hot air balloons take to the sky as the sun rises with a morning coffee and bacon sandwich. For the evening ascents visitors are encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot to watch the mass ascent at 6pm.
Attractions on the festival site including model aircraft flying displays, inflation races, balloon tethering, an appearance from the EXIT Parachute Display Team, a Spitfire Memorial Flight, an exhilarating display by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.
For the first time organisers will offer an official Bristol International Balloon Fiesta campsite with partners Camping Ninja, set within walking distance of the main arena. Visitors attending for the whole weekend or overnight can enjoy camping in close proximity to Europe’s biggest annual ballooning event. The campsite opens on Thursday 8th August at 12 noon and closes on Monday 12th August at 10am. Bookings can made with Camping Ninja.