Don’t Miss: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

July 26, 2012 by

Europe’s largest Hot Air Balloon event is now in its 34th year, and the celebration is bigger than ever.

From August 9-12, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes over the beautiful Ashton Court estate in Bristol, England. During the festival, teams from around the world bring their balloons to Bristol for a spectacular show of stunts and mass launches.

Twice a day, over 100 balloons launch into the air at once. At night, the balloons are illuminated and launch in sequence to music. Fireworks follow the Nightglow launches, capping off each night of the festival.

The free event takes place over four days, and there is much more to do than just watch the balloons take flight. Each day, caterers, trade stands and other entertainment is scheduled for visitors enjoyment.

Throughout the day, there are also arena and air displays by some of the world’s top balloonists and pilots. Each year, The Blades stunt team of pilots puts on a stunning display of aerial maneuvers. Visitors can also take part in a hot air balloon ride during the festival from one of the balloon teams offering flights.

For more information on the festival, where to stay and what else is scheduled for the four day event, visit the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta website.

Photo source: Bristol International Balloon Festival

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  1. Julie C. says:

    This looks like it would be really lovely to see, especially the night flights set to music.

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