Bristol International Balloon Fiesta A magnificent event only in bristol

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol. Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate.

Preparing the balloon for lift off

The Fiesta is 38 years old and is the largest hot air balloon meeting in Europe and the second biggest in the world.

Mass hot air balloon lift off in the morning

Over 130 balloons flying in the morning sunshine look just beautiful.

A truly breathtaking sight – hot air balloons filling the skies

Stuart, the Minion

Did you know?

  • The special shaped balloon is 49.6 times the height of a ‘real’ Stuart
  • Approximately 122,000 real minions could fit into the envelope
  • His goggles are longer and wider in diameter than a family estate car.

Be sure to check out how Cameron Balloons made him

The infamous nightglow

The most iconic part of the Fiesta are the Nightglows and Firework Finales. At 9pm on Thursday and Saturday a handful of the balloons tether and light up the night’s sky to the specially commissioned soundtrack.

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Ben Szabo


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