1 month until the Bristol Balloon Fiesta book your flight slot with Bristol Balloons before they sell out!

1 month until the Bristol Balloon Fiesta book your flight slot with Bristol Balloons before they sell out!

Posted on: 09 Jul 2018

In one month from today on Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August, the skies over Bristol and Ashton Court will once again be filled with hundreds of balloons. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta will feature 40 of the most cherished and iconic special shapes from throughout the ages for a special tethering on each day of the Fiesta.


Bristol Balloons still have a few flight slots left over the weekend, so act quickly before they’re all snapped up!

Bristol Balloons at last year's Balloon Fiesta in Bristol

It's not uncommon on a clear day to see more than a few hot air balloons on the Bristol skyline, and with good reason - the picturesque city offers breathtaking views to those lucky enough to experience a ride. Bristol Balloons has been organising passenger flights since 1978, working tirelessly in the time since to put together as many bespoke packages as possible and making balloon rides accessible to all.


There is no better moment to enjoy a Bristol Balloons flight than at the Balloon Fiesta itself - book online here.


Take a wonderful Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flight with a loved one, or book a family trip for up to 4 people and have the balloon to yourselves. Click here to look at all of the flight options.


About the Balloon Fiesta:

 Balloon Fiesta in Bristol

In 1979 Cameron came up with the novel idea of staging a small hot air balloon fiesta in Bristol. Staged by the Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce & Shipping, just 27 air balloons took part in the spectacular free show for the general public.


Now in its 40th year the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is firmly established as Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon festival and one of the UK’s top 5 outdoor events. The iconic images of Bristol and balloons have become synonymous with the city and are seen around the world.


The Fiesta also gives a huge economic boost to the city, for every pound spent at the Fiesta further £20 is spent in the local economy, equating to a whopping £15m net economic benefit to the city.


As ever, the Fiesta will open on Thursday at midday with hot air balloons tethering throughout the afternoon followed by the regular special shapes flight at 6pm.

 Balloon Fiesta in Bristol

On Thursday and Saturday late night visitors to the festival can witness the famous Night Glows as the hot air balloons appear as giant light bulbs, a stunning sight of 30 balloons with burners roaring bright in time to the music as night falls.


However, the true magic of the Fiesta can be witnessed at the crack of dawn for the morning mass ascents. From 6am on Friday Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Ashton Court come alive with the sounds of burners and the sights of hundreds of balloons taking to the skies.


For people planning on driving to the event, car parking must be booked in advance and runs on a tiered system, so the earlier it’s booked the cheaper the price and the closer the space is to the main showground. Premium, main and disabled car parking slots can still be bought here.



Article by:

Hannah Moll

Hannah recently graduated with a degree in English with Writing. She is an avid writer, freelancer and creative. She is currently writing her first full-length novel and a collection of poetry. Always out and about in Bristol's music scene, she attends music events on a weekly basis.