The skies above Bristol are set to be awash with colour from today (August 10) as the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes place.
More than 140 hot air balloons from all over the world will come together in Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons.
The event, which runs until Sunday at Ashton Court Estate, is completely free to attend and will feature plenty to see and do for all the family. Alongside the spectacular sight of hot air balloons filling the skies, there’ll be a wealth of stands, fairground rides and entertainment.
As the event kicks off today we share our top five things to do at this year’s show:
Watch the nightglows
Balloons will tether together and light up the sky to musical soundtrack, before a plume of fireworks finish the night off with a bang. The nightglows take place on Thursday and Saturday from 9pm and are not to be missed.
Take a ride of the big wheel
Brand new to the fiesta this year is the big wheel, where you can get an incredible view of the event and a unique perspective for the mass ascents of over 100 hot air balloons
Join the crowds with the mass hot air balloon lifts daily
There’s nothing quite like the sight of hundreds of hot air balloons rising from the ground at the same time. Set your alarm clock early and catch the morning mass lift at 6am or head along in the evening to catch the later lift at 6pm.
Catch a show from Happy’s Circus
A professional, all humans (no animals) outfit will see a troupe of skilled performers create a magical world of jaw-dropping skills and clown-inspired laughter inside the 600-capacity big top with four shows each day across the weekend.
Shows in the colourful big top, which boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology will be ticketed and cost £5 per person or £18 for a family of four.
Dance along with the Twirlywoos
CBeebies favourites, Twirlywoos, will be live on the Victorian Band Stand today at 2.40pm. Hot foot it down there with the kids to join in the dancing, music and fun.
This year’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has been made possible with support from gas and electricity firm, Bristol Energy.