Bristol Balloon Fiesta (12 – 15 August)

August 12, 2010toAugust 15, 2010

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Thirty years old in 2008, this superb hot-air balloon festival is held over four days in August. It attracts up to half a million visitors to the lovely rolling parkland of the Ashton Court Estate in the West Country, complete with mansion, deer parks, woodlands, ancient oaks, golf courses, mountain-bike and walking trails and wonderful views over nearby Bristol.

Highlights of the free event are the mass ascents of 120 balloons at dawn and dusk, the Special Shapes Rodeo with its strangely or comically shaped balloons (among perennial favourites are the Churchill dog, the Kiwi bird and the Scottish Piper), the Night Glows, which combine lit-up balloons and fireworks with a musical soundtrack and ‘Heaven’, a special area providing carnivalesque entertainments.

Other attractions are a display of model hot-air balloons from around Europe, children’s activities, food and drink stalls, and trade stands.

Here is what is planned so far. For regular updates, click here

Thursday 12th August

12.00pm
Hot Air Balloon Tethers – main arena, throughout the afternoon
Trade and Entertainment Village open

6.00pm
Special Shapes Ascent – a number of your favourite special shape hot air balloons will take to the skies

9.30pm
HSBC Nightglow: Best of British, celebrating BAC 100

The world famous Bristol Nightglow, where 30 or more balloons will glow in time to music will mark BAC 100, the centenary celebration of the formation of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.


Friday 13th August

6.00am
Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascent – over 100 balloons will take to the skies from Ashton Court, weather permitting
09.00am
Trade and Entertainment Village open
12.00pm
Arena Entertainment and Tethered Balloons
6.00pm
Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascent – over 100 balloons will take to the skies from Ashton Court, weather permitting

Saturday 14th August

6.00am
Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascent – over 100 balloons will take to the skies from Ashton Court, weather permitting

09.00am
Trade and Entertainment Village open

12.00pm
Arena Entertainment and Tethered Balloons

6.00pm
Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascent – over 100 balloons will take to the skies from Ashton Court, weather permitting

9.30pm
Milka Nightglow

The world famous Bristol Nightglow, where 30 or more balloons will glow in time to music