Under cover of darkness, balloonists arrived at Ashton Court early on Monday morning for a top secret operation.
There may not be a Balloon Fiesta this year but Bristol was still treated to a magnificent mass ascent as some 40 hot air balloons took to the skies.
The Fiesta flypast floated over Long Ashton towards Dundry, with a aeroplane pilot drawing a smiley face in the sky just to add even more sparkle to proceedings.
Many of the balloons also took off from inside a giant heart that had been painted by the team from Upfest on the grass at Ashton Court – a larger version of hearts that have also been painted in Queen Square and Castle Park.
Main photo: Martin Booth