Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court, Bristol, Somerset

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a spectacle not to be missed, so if you’re staying nearby on your large group holiday in Somerset, make sure you get out to see it. This amazing three day event is held every August on the historic Ashton Court Estate on the outskirts of Bristol and is the biggest annual meeting of hot air balloons in the world. Over 100 of them from all across the globe fill the skies, weather permitting.

Ascents take place twice daily, at 6am and 6pm. In between the whole site is alive with entertainment - fairground rides, food stalls, trade stands and activities, including rides in a hot air balloon. The first two nights see a show of inflated balloons lined up with their burners glowing to a musical soundtrack, followed by fireworks – it really is a big happy carnival atmosphere and it feels good to be a part of it.

Entry to the Balloon Fiesta is free, though parking is charged.

All information correct at the time of writing

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