Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Bristol will play host to Europe’s largest ballooning event, an amazing spectacle and FREE event for the whole family from 8th – 11th August 2013. Over 150 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and light up the skies at night with evening glows with fun activities on the ground to keep the family entertained.
The event features four days of extravagant hot-air balloon displays with half a million visitors gathering in the gorgeous grounds of Ashton Court to watch balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the City of Bristol. Entertainment for all the family includes fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, face painting and acoustic music areas.
6am and 6pm ascents
Visit the festival each morning at 6am for ‘Breakfast and Balloons’, watching the hot air balloons take to the sky as the sun rises with a morning coffee and bacon sandwich. For the evening ascents visitors are encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot to watch the mass ascent at 6pm.
Nightglow and Fireworks Finale
The famous nightglow is a stunning sight with 30 ballooning teams lighting up their balloon as night falls at 9.00pm on Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th August, to a backdrop of spectacular fireworks.
The event is a perfect family day out with attractions on the festival site including model aircraft flying display, inflation races, balloon tethering, an appearance from the EXIT Parachute Display Team, a Spitfire Memorial Flight, an exhilarating display by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.
For the first time in the event’s 35 year history, organisers will offer an official Bristol International Balloon Fiesta campsite with partners Camping Ninja, set within walking distance of the main arena. Visitors attending for the whole weekend or overnight can enjoy camping in close proximity to Europe's biggest annual ballooning event.
The campsite opens on Thursday 8th August at 12 noon and closes on Monday 12th August at 10am. Bookings can made with Campaign Ninja by visiting: www.campingninja.com/theofficialbristolballoonfiestacampsite
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has formed a travel partnership with First in West of England to create a quick and easy way for travellers across the region to get to the event . The Balloon Shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes across the four days from bus stops that will be specially marked, located at Temple Meads and throughout the city centre, with prices starting from £2.50 for adult single fares (£2 child single). Fiesta goers travelling from outside of Bristol will also benefit from an exclusive all day balloon pass valid on most First bus services across the South West, including the Balloon Shuttle. This ticket will cost just £7, or £15 for a family pass.
To find out more about this year’s festival, please visit http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk
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