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Preview: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2019

By lowie trevena, Monday Jul 29, 2019

Celebrating ‘Icons of Bristol’, 2019’s balloon fiesta will celebrate Concorde, the 30th anniversary of Wallace & Gromit and a whole host of other well-loved Bristol creations and people as well.

Taking place over four days, from Thursday, August 8 to Sunday, August 11, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will showcase over 100 balloons.

The event will begin with balloons of all shapes and sizes taking off on Thursday evening, early mornings will see mass ascents over the city and the nightglow will take over as darkness falls on Thursday and Saturday.

As well as the balloon ascents, there is entertainment for all throughout the day, such as aerial displays, children’s activities and entertainment and fairground rides.

Attendees can also expect a range of food stalls and bars, balloon demonstrations, model aircraft displays and a local music stage, all in the grounds of Ashton Court.

The fiesta, Europe’s largest hot air balloon festival, is also raising money for St Peter’s Hospice for a second year, a local charity that supports people with life-limiting illnesses.

The balloon during the nightglow

Below is 2019’s timetable of events:

Thursday, August 8:

12pm: Fiesta opens, balloons tethered on the launch field

6pm: Special shape and ride balloons launch

9pm: Nightglow and firework finale

10.30pm Fiesta closes

 

Friday, August 9:

6am: Fiesta opens, mass hot air balloon lift

8am: Model hot air balloon competitions

12pm: Balloons tethered on the launch field

6pm: Mass hot air balloon lift

 

Saturday, August 10:

6am: Fiesta opens, mass hot air balloon lift

12pm-5pm: Arena entertainment

6pm: Mass hot air balloon lift

9pm: Nightglow and firework finale

10.30pm Fiesta closes

 

Sunday, August 11:

6am Fiesta opens, mass hot air balloon lift

12pm-5pm Arena entertainment

6pm Mass hot air balloon lift

8pm Fiesta ends

Find out more at www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

Read more: In photos: A balloon ride over Bristol

 

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