Bristol Balloon 'Fiesta Fortnight' set to take flight in early August

Bristol Balloon 'Fiesta Fortnight' set to take flight in early August

Posted on: 28 Jul 2021

Hundreds of hot air balloons will be taking off from locations across Bristol.


More details on this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta have been revealed today (Wednesday 28 July), with hundreds of balloons set to take flight across the city from Monday 2 - Sunday 15 August.


The first-ever 'Fiesta Fortnight' has been put together in the absence of the full Balloon Fiesta, which organisers have been forced to put on hold due to ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic.


After more than 700 locations were submitted by the Bristol public - including parks, public spaces, car parks and city streets - to decide where the balloons will take off from, a full map is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.



Speaking this week, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Chair, Chris Allcock, said: “We were sad that we weren’t able to host the much-loved annual Balloon Festival in Ashton Court this year due to COVID-19.


“However, this special edition of the fiesta is going to be something spectacular for the city. There were some clear winners and favourite locations for balloons to fly from, highlighted from the hundreds of suggestions from fiesta fans.


“So, we’re hoping to make sure the greatest number of people will be able to enjoy the balloons, including some communities that rarely get balloons overhead.”


In the absence of the full-scale Balloon Fiesta, the team say they're "determined" to put together an unmissable alternative, set to deliver a series of city-wide launches to allow the public to enjoy safely from their own homes and communities.


From Monday 2 August, Bristolians can expect to see a vibrant fleet of balloons peppering the city skies, from classic designs to specially-crafted shapes and iconic characters.


For more information on the Fiesta Fortnight, or to follow news and updates as the organisers confirm takeoff locations, head to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta website or find the team on Twitter.

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