Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is one of the biggest events in Bristol's calendar! The annual event is jam packed with things to keep you busy, so to help you navigate the weekend, we’ve put together some handy do's and don’ts to save you time and to ensure that you don’t miss any of the best bits.
Do Take a Picnic:
What could be better than finding that perfect sunny spot, setting out the gingham blanket, laying out a basket full of goodies and sitting back and watching the sky fill with the balloons? Taking a picnic will also mean you miss the food queues and there will be no arguing over what the kids want to eat.
Beat the Crowds:
The site will be busy. A bustling, fun atmosphere is what makes the event what it is, however it can all be a little overwhelming. If the crowds are too much for you then fear not, there are plenty of other great spots around the city where you can watch the show. Our pick would be Brandon Hill. See more here.
Don't Be Late!
Thursday marks the opening and the most iconic part of the fiesta. The nightglow and firework finale will take place at 9 pm and you will not want to be late. The balloons, tethered together, will become light bulbs on the horizon and glow in time with a specially commissioned soundtrack before a firework display marks the start of the weekend’s event. This will not only make for a great Instagram snap but is the part everyone will be talking about. If you really can’t make Thursday, don’t worry as they repeat this at the same time on Saturday evening too.
Don't Sleep In!
We know everyone enjoys those weekend lie-ins, but this weekend we suggest you sacrifice the Saturday. Set your alarm and pack up some coffee in a flask to go. The morning ascent starts a 6 am and it will feel magical with the sun just coming up. A mass hot air balloon lift is definitely something you won’t see every day, so take the opportunity and if you really need to, have a nap in the afternoon!
Photos credit & more info: bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk