If you are around Bristol in the middle of August try not to miss that!!! Is the Balloon Festival that has been one of the most popular fiestas of the summer all around the S/West of England. You can even have the chance to fly with one of these!!!
You can contact the Bristol Balloon Flights to fly with one of these...
See Bristol from above!!!
The Bristol Balloon Festival at Ashton Court (about 2 miles from the City Centre)is held annually.
The dates of the Fiesta are the 8th to the 11th of August 2002
Founded in 1978 when Don Cameron, owner of the World's largest balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons, decided to create an event that would draw together balloonists from around the world.
With a total of 117 flights made from Ashton Court, the first Bristol Balloon Fiesta proved to be a roaring success, paving the way for future fiestas.
From this small beginning, the Fiesta has grown year after year, flourishing into what has become Europe's largest hot air balloon festival. This 24th year the Fiesta promises to be the best Bristol Balloon Fiesta yet, with some 150 balloons attending and expected crowds of over 500,000 people
Every summer, The Ashton Court Estate hosts the biggest Air Balloon Fiesta in Europe.
The opening night is called The Nightglow. At sunset, a number of balloons are tethered and inflated - then classical music is played an the burners are lit in time with the music....for me it's the best part of the whole weekend.
A great day out - for the whole family, and free!
The Balloon Fiesta is in mid-August every year (2005 dates are 11-14 August) You will need to pay for parking - £5 in 2004, alternatively take a bus (hourly service no 60 from central Bristol (Temple Meads Station) price £4 adult retrun £2.50 child return in 2004), or bike it!
Night glow on the first night is magical (burners are lit in time to music after dark)
There are loads of stalls for all ages and many of the major companies in the area run hospitality tents for their customers with associated free activities
There is usually a major sponsor - last year it was IKEA, who also had a special balloon
Some of the live acts are amazing - music, dance, comedy, trapeze artists, you name it.
Ascents are usually at 0600 or 1800 and are weather dependent, if the forecast is for high (>10mph) winds a mass ascent is usually cancelled - so check the forecast.
Best time to arrive is early afternoon (about 1400), take in the stalls and position yourselves on the grass banks around the launch site by about 1700.
Portable seats or rugs a good idea, as is a picnic, although the food on offer isn't just burgers - curry, health food, world food
After the ascent try the fairground, usually right next door, but rides are pricey and watch your money!
A really good day out for kids of all ages
Nothing better than driving to work on a summer's morning and seeing several balloons floating along.
Also the night glow before the Balloon Fiesta is really lovely.
Also the Fiesta itself with all the different shaped balloons taking off en masse. Some years we're lucky enough to have them sail over our house, often low enough to talk to the people in the baskets!
Every second weekend of august Bristol celebretes The Balloon Fiesta, all kinds of balloon over Bristol sky. Is the biggest concetration in all Europe. Sky has a different colour theses days.
Si visitas Bristol a mediados de Agosto no puedes dejar de visitar el Balloon fiesta, una de las mayores concentraciones o la mayor concentración de globos de toda europa. Los hay de todas las formas tamaños y colores. Lo bonito es verlos volar todos juntos, el cielo tiene un colorido distinto.
I would also recommend visiting the following: Blaise Castle, Arnolfini Arts centre, @Bristol (A Science & Nature experience & an IMAX theatre), teh Bristol Balloon Fiesta (at Ashton Court if you are here in August, check for dates).