WATCH: What is it like to take part in Bristol Balloon Fiesta?

PUBLISHED: 15:15 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 08 August 2018

Thatchers hot air balloon over Bristol. Picture: Chris Nicholls

Thatchers hot air balloon over Bristol. Picture: Chris Nicholls

Christopher Nicholls

With the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta almost ready to take the West Country by storm again, have you ever wanted to know what it is like to fly one?

The Mercury was given the incredible opportunity to take to the sky last week in a Thatchers balloon courtesy of First Flight in Langford.

It was one of several balloons which lifted off from Ashton Court, making the small yet spectacular journey over the Avon Gorge, before touching down at The Downs in Bristol.

MORE: Find out what is happening at this year’s balloon fiesta.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Thousands of people are expected to head to Long Ashton to enjoy this year’s event, with the usual mix of mass ascents and nightglows plus entertainment sure to wow the large crowds.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Pilot Nigel Appleton passing on instruction to his passengers.Pilot Nigel Appleton passing on instruction to his passengers.

Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons get ready to lift off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.Hot Air Balloons lifting off from Ashton Court.

* Going along to the balloon fiesta? if so, upload your photos to northsomerset.iwitness24.co.uk and the best will be featured online.

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