Bristol will once again host Europe’s largest annual ballooning event, a spectacular free weekend for the whole family from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th August 2017. Now in its 39th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has long been a highlight in Britain’s event calendar, with over 100 hot air balloons taking off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and dusk, and lighting up the sky at night with evening balloon glows. Featuring four days of colourful hot air balloon displays, hundreds of thousands of visitors gather in the rolling hills of Ashton Court Estate, on the outskirts of Bristol to watch the balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the city. As well as the balloon ascents there is entertainment for all the family, throughout the day including aerial displays, children’s activities and entertainment, fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, balloon tethering and demonstrations, model aircraft displays and a local music stage. Watch amazing hot air balloon ascents up close Visit the fiesta on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6am for ‘Breakfast and Balloons’ and watch the balloons take to the sky as the sun rises while enjoying a breakfast picnic. The balloons then take to the skies again in the evening mass ascents at 6pm and visitors are encouraged to arrive early to get a good viewing spot. For those looking to witness something out of the ordinary, the Special Shapes ascent on the Thursday evening offers a great opportunity to take a peek at the special shaped balloons, which could take the form of anything from lions to Minions and even flying castles. Nightglow and Fireworks Finales Once darkness falls visitors to the event can witness the spectacular night glow, when 30 hot air balloons tether and light up in sequence to music, like giant light bulbs. The Nightglows take place on Thursday 10th August and Saturday 12th August at approximately 9.15pm. Following the performance the skies light up over Ashton Court Estate with a spectacular fireworks. For visitors planning on driving to the event, car parking will only be available in advance and runs on a tiered system, so the earlier you book the cheaper the price. To book car parking tickets please visit http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk or to find out more about this year’s event follow @BristolBalloon on Instagram and Twitter, or https://www.facebook.com/bristolinternationalballoonfiesta.
Newby Hall, 22-24 September 2017 This September will see a national celebration of some of the most superlative street food traders across the UK when they come together for the launch of the StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival at Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon from 22-24 September 2017. This follows the successful inaugural event in Valley Gardens, Harrogate, but with so much more, including headline acts to be announced in June onwards. The destination event will take festival goers and foodie fans on a gastronomic global journey of discovery, combined with a quirky and diverse mix of fun, film, current acts and bands on the main stage, as well as eclectic entertainment and general mayhem for the whole family to experience – all set in the backdrop of the beautiful Newby Hall grounds in North Yorkshire. All manner of vehicles from horseboxes and AirStreams to Citreon H Vans and Campervans will serve a scrummy selection of street food from some 60 traders from around the world. Visitors can expect an array of colourful traders with character who will challenge the senses with a fusion of smells, tastes, sounds and food firsts – there’s something for every appetite. An Artisan Market will also feature some 30 producers with handpicked products for visitors to try, buy and take home. Europe’s largest outdoor cinema will keep movie buffs entertained with iconic and classic films, including a nostalgic 80’s night. The film feast includes Back to the Future, The Lost Boys, The Matrix, The Jungle Book and Jurassic Park with some surprise dino-tastic guests dropping by the main stage, so hold onto your popcorn! Fancy watching Jurassic from a jacuzzi or Jungle Book with bubbles! - groups of 8 film fans can even book one of 4 Luxury Hot Tub for an indulgent viewing experience. From good grub to glamping, camping to craft beer teepees and cocktail bars, as well as movies to music, bath tubs to bushcraft and much more – festival goers will experience an exciting energy and enthusiastic menu of food, fun and entertainment throughout this 3-day event. Kick back in a vintage deckchair or beanbag and enjoy music from the main stage with a top celebrity DJ and current headline performers and bands from UK and Europe. Swoolish will fly in from Holland to bring his vintage living room set and vinyls to Yorkshire. Tunes will create a smooth and sultry jazz club atmosphere with an eclectic mix of boogaloo, calypso, boogie woogie, mambo and blue grass. Festival goers looking for some chill time and a fancy foot rub can relax in our quirky Water Spa where our lazy chairs ‘wheely’ look like wheelbarrows. Put your feet up in the wheelbarrow loungers and let the mobile kettle cart pamper your pins with a warm footbath. What better way to enjoy the festival tunes. The Naughty Tea Ladies, Jean and Morag will be brewing up a storm around the Gardens on their specially adapted tricycle causing mischief and mayhem. They interact with the children, photo bomb everyone, sing at the top of their very poor singing voices, kiss you on the cheek when you least expect it and steal your picnic! A Wandering Band will take visitors on a magic carpet ride for an amazing musical trip crossing many corners of the earth. They’ve been astounding audiences throughout Europe for many years with their anarchic medley of traditional European and world musical styles of all eras, throwing them together to form an infectious unique brand of music that never fails to have audiences jumping around in a frenzy! The StrEaters and Vintage Lawn Society will be on hand to entertain and amaze all day, the children can enjoy bushcraft survival skills and den building in the woods and can even cook up their own bug pancakes...if they really want too! StrEat’s Glamping Village features hot tubs to book for private parties followed by a campfire chill-out...Beautiful Bell Tents are available for festival goers to book in the VIP village with The Outdoors People! Bushcraft-Glamping, it's less of a straight-forward "glamp" and more of an adventure... The key part of the experience is what's going on outside the tent. Under giant shelters, the campfire burns, the kettle’s on, camp blankets and hot drinks are available for everyone and above it all: the stars! At just £60 per adult for a weekend ticket (3 days/nights) with children going FREE, this offers fantastic festival value for money. For more information visit www.streatpr.co.uk.