The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will return to Ashton Court on Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 August 2021.
Europe's biggest hot air balloon event
The spectacular free event will once again feature over 100 hot air balloons taking off at dawn and dusk as well as the famous Night Glows, when the balloons light up the sky in time to music.
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 hot air balloons from across the globe. It's a sight that can only be seen in Bristol.
Alongside the fantastic sight of hot air balloons filling the skies, visitors can also expect a large number of trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.
When and where?
Held over four days at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free with charges made for parking on the event site.
The fiesta begins on Thursday at midday with hot air balloons tethered throughout the afternoon and in the evening the first mass ascent takes place with a firework finale!
On day two on Friday there will be two hot air balloon lifts and an afternoon of balloon tethering.
Day three is Saturday and there will be more mass hot air balloon lifts and firework finales and the arena entertainment will run from midday to 5pm.
The fiesta's final day on Sunday is another day full of mass balloon lifts and fun in the arena, with a programme running from midday to 5pm.
There will be various ‘refill stations’ located around the Fiesta site at Ashton Court, allowing people to refill water bottles, with the aim of reducing plastic waste. Additionally, complimentary refillable sports bottles will be available from the refill stations to anyone that forgets their bottles to use over the weekend.
Book a hot air balloon trip
Fly up, up and away in your beautiful hot air balloon in Bristol. Whether you choose to fly at the Balloon Fiesta or another time, Bristol's ballooning companies; Bailey Balloons, Bristol Balloons, and Elite Air (UK) Ltd run flights throughout the season. Choose from dawn flights or sunset flights to watch the sun rise or set in glorious colour.
How to get to the Balloon Fiesta
The closest train station to the Fiesta is Bristol Temple Meads, served by our travel partner GWR. From the station visitors can pick up the Fiesta Shuttle Bus service operated by First Bus to get to the event site.
For further information on travelling to Bristol Temple Meads with GWR visit https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/stations-and-routes/trains-to-bristol
Those wishing to cycle can take ‘Festival Way’ a traffic-free path connecting the city to Ashton Court Estate and beyond. Starting in Bristol, you can use the National Cycling Route 33 which takes you on a traffic free path from Queen Square out of the city via Cumberland Road. Crossing the River Avon you join Kennel Lodge Road as you enter Ashton Court. There is bicycle parking available onsite by the Mansion House and by the fallow deer park.
For those on foot, there are two main routes into the Fiesta site via Festival Way as detailed above for cyclists or via the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Please note the Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed to all pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles from 1800 to 0000 on Thursday 8th August and Saturday 10th August.
A Balloon Shuttle bus service is operated by First Bus from Bristol Temple Meads Station and the City Centre (Metrobus Stop C2, Colston Avenue). This service is highly recommended to local residents. Tickets can be purchased on the bus and there is no need to pre book.
Buses run at least every 10 minutes from 10am each day.
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Date of Event
|Dates: (12 Aug 2021 - 15 Aug 2021)|
* Date of the flypast to be announced closer to the time.
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