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Bristol Hot Air Balloon Festival

Looking for some great family fun during the summer holidays? The Bristol Balloon Festival could be the perfect answer!

Trying to keep the kids entertained for 6 weeks during the summer can sometimes be a challenge but if you are looking to spend a few days away then the Bristol Balloon festival (also known as the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta) is worth considering.

Visitors to Bristol can book a room at the Whitehouse Guestrooms and visit the festival for free. The event takes place over 4 days starting at midday on Thursday 8th August with Hot Air Balloons tethering and finishes at 8.30 pm on Sunday 11th August after the Mass Hot Air Balloon Lift.

According to Wikipedia*, up to 100 balloons have been launched at once during the event with teams from around the world attending with their hot air balloons to join in. The festival includes a range of activities such as model hot air balloon competitions, a nightglow and firework finale and a main stage with various events.

Here’s are some interesting facts about the event:

  • The first Bristol Balloon Festival was in 1979
  • The festival typically attracts more than 500,000 visitors over the 4-day period.
  • It’s also the largest annual hot air balloon event in Europe!
  • Balloon rides are available, booked in advance

The rise of Darth Vader?

The event is also looking for donations to support launching the Darth Vader shaped balloon which was made in Bristol but has never flown in the city. You can find out more and donate on the official Balloon festival website.

Book our B&B to visit The Balloon Festival BristolGetting to the Balloon Festival in Bristol

There are plenty of car parks in the area and according to the official website, directions are detailed on the tickets. There are also shuttle buses running from Temple Meads Train Station and the City Centre.

When booking your stay at the Whitehouse Guestrooms, we can advise further on the best way to get to and from the event.

Bristol Balloon Festival Summary

Here is a quick summary of where and when the event is taking place:

Where: The event is taking place at Ashton Court, to the south west of Bristol city centre

Starts: Midday on Thursday 8th August (2019)

Finishes: 8.30 pm on Sunday 11th August (2019)

We hope you enjoy the event. If you have any question about the event or booking your accommodation you can call our B&B in Bristol on 0117 9537 725 (lines open 6.30am to 11pm) or email us.

You can also find out more about the event on the Bristol International Balloon Festival

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