When: 10th – 13th August 2017
Where: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
What is it?
The annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest ballooning event, takes place from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August.
The free family event will see more than 130 hot air balloons taking off from Ashton Court Estate, at dawn and dusk each day.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will feature four days of colourful hot-air balloon displays, with all shapes and sizes lifting off over the city. In addition to the balloons there will be entertainment including fairground rides, stalls, circus and entertainment.
Highlights of the fiesta will include:
Watching the spectacular balloon ascents up close. Each morning at 6am visitors can enjoy breakfast and balloons, watching the hot air balloons take to the sky as the sun rises, with a morning coffee and food from one of the stalls. There are also evening ascents which visitors can watch. Arrive early to get a good spot to watch these events.
The famous Nightglows, which will take place on Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th at about 9pm. The Nightglows see a selection of the balloons light up the night sky. The Nightglows end with a fireworks display.
Live music at the Fiesta Band Stand, with local bands and artists playing everything from folk and roots, to electro-pop.
Modern, family friendly circus performances at the Big Top with Happy’s Circus. Watch illusion, double diablo, plate spinning, aerial skills, the Hi-Bicycle, and of course clowns.