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Bristol Balloon Festival

Bristol balloon festival The Fiesta, staged in the beautiful parkland of Ashton Court, regularly draws crowds of up to half a million people from across the region and the country, and offers free admission to the public.

Featuring mass launches of more than 100 hot air balloons from around the world and spectacular Night Glow shows of illuminated tethered balloons, the Fiesta is one of the UK’s top six outdoor events.

The Fiesta’s fascinating history dates back to 1978 when Don Cameron, owner of the world’s largest balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons, decided to create an event that would draw together balloonists from around the world. On the weekend of September 7th 1979, a small gathering of like-minded balloonists came together to celebrate what was to become the first ever Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

From its small beginning, the Fiesta has grown year after year, flourishing into what has become Europe’s largest hot air balloon festival.

Music has become one of the main highlights of the Fiesta with chart-topping music acts and various other musical treats throughout.

With a wide range of entertainment from arena events, aerial displays, fun fairs, a huge trade show and food from around the world, the Fiesta is an ideal trip for the whole family.

From early morning until late in the evening, there’s so much to see and do, from daredevil stunts to fair rides and music of all kinds – the carnival atmosphere continues non-stop.

Get yourself up, up and away to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August!

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