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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Early morning mass ascent
Ashton Court, Bristol
hot air balloons
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held during August in Bristol, England. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to the site and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.
The event is one of the largest in Europe and it is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival. It takes place in a large country estate Ashton Court. Mass launches are made twice a day, at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions.
One popular attraction is the night glow, when balloons are inflated and glow to music after dark. These are held on the opening Thursday night at approx 9:30pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. There is another night glow at the same time followed by the fireworks on the Saturday night. Some people see these as the highlight of the fiesta. Another attraction is the large number of special shaped balloons which take off.
As one of the worlds leading balloon makers, Cameron Balloons are near to the fiesta site, in Bedminster, it is fitting that most of the best loved special shaped balloons are made in the city. Favourites in the past years are Rupert the Bear, The Scottish Piper, Bertie Bassett, The Flying Hen and The Jaguar Car.
In the past, the fiesta used to be held in the second week of September, but due to cancellations of flights and the muddy ground because of bad weather, it has been moved in the start of August. This had had a great effect as more flights manage to fly, cancellations are now normally due to high winds.
The nightglow is one of the most popular parts of the fiesta.
In 2003, the weight of crowds returning from the Balloon Fiesta and Ashton Court festival put such a great strain on the Clifton Suspension Bridge that it was decided to close the bridge to all traffic, including pedestrians, during these events from 2004 onwards.
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Information and pictures from the fiesta from BBC Bristol
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