Bristol’s legendary Balloon Fiesta returns this August

Bristol’s legendary Balloon Fiesta returns this August

Posted on: 26 May 2023

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will have all eyes turned to the skies when it returns to Ashton Court this summer.


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta runs at Ashton Court Estate from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 August 2023.


With Car Park, Sky Lounge and Shuttle Bus tickets now live, Europe’s largest annual balloon fiesta is all set to, once again, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to witness one of the most spectacular sights in the UK with its legendary mass ascents and much-loved nightglows.


Secure your advance price tickets for the Fiesta Shuttle Bus and find out more about the Sky Lounge HERE.



Balloon enthusiasts prepare yourselves! The word famous free to attend four-day event on the breathtaking mansion grounds will see over 100 hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours take to the skies at dusk and dawn, taking in the best views of our beautiful city.


If you’re looking for a real up close and personal view of the main arena (perfect for watching the mass ascents), then the Sky Lounge is the place for you. Making its VIP return for 2023, ticket holders will have the best view of the mass ascents at both 6 AM and 6 PM.


In addition, Sky Lounge ticket holders will be mere feet away from the two iconic night glows, with the hot air balloons lighting up in time to a soundtrack on the Thursday and Saturday evenings. Sky Lounge guests will also have their own private grassed area and private catering facilities.


Cark tickets are also now live, allowing visitors to make their way to Ashton Court Estate with ease. Departing at frequent intervals from Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Bus Station on each day, adult tickets will cost £5 and group day ticket £15.


Celebrating its sapphire anniversary this year, Bristol Balloon Fiesta are planning a celebration to remember for balloon spotters, enthusiasts, and families alike with family entertainment, aerial displays, delicious food, drink stalls and local music in addition to the balloons.

For more information visit the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta here.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.