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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Lifts Off for 2017

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 or to find out more about this year’s event follow @BristolBalloon on Instagram and Twitter, or