Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes place between the 6-9 August.

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 37th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is set to take place on the weekend of the 6-9 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 Thursday evening, the Revealing of 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 stalls to collect local souvenirs of your trip and local live music in the Bandstand.

Then, as the night falls, find yourself a prime seating position for the world-famous Fiesta Nightglow on both the Thursday 6 and Saturday 8. In time to music, balloons are lit up by their burners in beautiful patterns and sequences. Following the Nightglows, 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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6-9 August - Check the Bristol weather forecast for the 37th 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.

Clive Bailey explains how he uses Met Office ballooning forecasts
Clive Bailey from Bailey Balloons in Bristol explains how Met Office ballooning forecasts are vital to his business and how using them keeps him and his customers safe.

Weather Forecasting for Ballooning Weather Forecasting for Ballooning (PDF, 113 kB)

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