Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta returns to Ashton Court

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 August 2018

Bristols International Balloon Fiesta is set to return to Long Ashton. 	Picture: paulbox

Bristols International Balloon Fiesta is set to return to Long Ashton. Picture: paulbox

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Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta will come to Ashton Court Estate next week.

Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta is set to return to Long Ashton.Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta is set to return to Long Ashton.

More than 130 hot air balloons will descend on Ashton Court and the fiesta is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Up to 50,000 people come to the annual four-day show each year and to commemorate its anniversary, 40 of the fiesta’s most well-known balloons will return to the event.

Fairground rides, trade stands and entertainment will also be there for visitors to take part in on the day.

Founder of the fiesta, Don Cameron, said: “The events 40th anniversary is a huge milestone, so it’s only right that we do something truly special to celebrate this.

“This year we will have some of the most iconic shapes we’ve seen at the show across the years, including the likes of Bertie Bassett, The Michelin Man and the Superbike balloons which have long been crowd favourites at the event.

“It will be wonderful to see them all in the arena once again.”

More modern entries joining the line up this year include Simbaloo the Longleat Lion and the Belvoir Balloon.

People will be able to watch a mass ascent of hot air balloons fly across Bristol during the fiesta, including a new Birthday Cake Balloon, to commemorate the events’ anniversary.

Visitors will also get the chance to watch a nightglow display, consisting of 25 hot air balloons glowing in the night’s sky, which is set to finish with a firework display.

In addition, people can take part in a model hot air balloon competition and can win the chance ride in one during the event.

Visitors can camp in the grounds of Ashton Court Estate during the length of the fiesta, where people can either bring a tent or a motorhome to stay in.

The event is supporting St Peter’s Hospice, and both the charity and fiesta are celebrating 40 years of being in the city.

The Bristol charity care for adults with life-limiting illnesses and extend care and support to their families and loved ones.

The fiesta will run from August 9-12 starting at noon Thursday until 8.30pm Sunday.

Entry is free, but charges for premium, main and disabled parking apply.

For more information, visit www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

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