Get ready for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Get ready for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Posted on: 11 Jul 2017

The world-famous hot-air hysteria returns to Bristol for four days between the 10th and 13th August, during which the skies above Ashton Court will blossom with a bounty of voluptuous balloons.

Bristol balloons

The third of Bristol’s three main ‘B’s (alongside ‘Bridges’ and ‘Banksy’) is ‘Balloons’, with one of the city’s defining images indubitably a blue sky bursting with a boom of the hot-aircraft.


The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is one of the city’s finest traditions and has accrued a truly world-wide reputation since its inception back in 1979. And in each summer since, the balloons have been a staple of the Bristol skyline and the festival a consistent fixture in the summer calendar.


With thousands of balloons populating the airways at both dawn and nightfall, family-friendly activities will take place at Ashton Court’s ground level for the four days of the Fiesta, which continues from the 10th to the 13th August.

Bristol nightglow

The main scurries of activity occur at each end of the day, beginning with the 6am launch and closing with the ‘nightglow’, which occurs once darkness has fallen. In between these antipodal points, flights and competitions take place throughout. Balloon voyages can be purchased: for more information on these, click here.


Entry to the event is free, though to guarantee a parking space you have to buy a ticket.


The Bristol Balloon Fiesta takes place between the 10th-13th August. For more information, visit

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Sam Mason-Jones

An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at