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Along with Wallace & Gromit and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now one of the city's most famous exports; an annual event that brings together enthusiasts and tourists alike.
The 34th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is set to take place on the weekend of the 9 - 12 August, and is set to attract up to half a million visitors to see its wondrous displays and take part in events.
Twice a day at 6am and 6pm - and depending on the weather - more than 100 hot air balloons will ascend from the Fiesta's site of Ashton Court. Residents of Bristol and its visitors alike can admire the breath-taking view from miles around. On the Friday evening, the Special Shapes Ascent will take place; where if previous years are anything to go by, visitors can expect to see monsters and heart-shaped balloons taking to the sky!
There is also entertainment to be had at ground level. With stall to collect local souvenirs of your trip and local live music in the bandstands.
Then, as the night falls, find yourself a prime seating position for the world-famous Bristol Night Glow; where the returning balloons are tethered to the ground ready for the display. In time to music, balloons are lit up by their burners in beautiful patterns and sequences. Following the Night Glows, a huge fireworks display will take place, so take a picnic and make sure to grab a spot early; the hill by Church Wood tends to fill up very quickly!
Check the five day Bristol weather forecast if you are planning to attend The Bristol Balloon Fiesta.
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9 -12 August - Check the Bristol weather forecast for the 34th International Balloon Fiesta.
For further information about the Bristol event, visit the official Bristol International Balloon Fiesta website.
Clive Bailey from Bailey Balloons explains how he uses balloon forecasts from the Met Office and how important they are to his business.