Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2023!

Soaring high at the Balloon Fiesta!

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta, is currently Europe's largest free annual hot air balloon festival. With a rich history and an atmosphere brimming with excitement, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta has become an iconic event that draws people from all corners of the globe.

As dawn breaks over Ashton Court Estate, hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes begin to inflate. From traditional round balloons to whimsical shapes like animals, cartoon characters, and even objects, the creativity and diversity of these balloons brings something new year after year.

One of the highlights of the fiesta is the Mass Ascent, where dozens of balloons ascend into the sky simultaneously, creating a stunning visual spectacle. During the Night Glows, the balloons are inflated on the ground and illuminated in time to music, transforming the night into a sparkling canvas of light and color. It's a sight that captures the imagination and leaves a lasting impression.

Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta attracts over 100 hot air balloons and is witnessed by 500,000 followers over the event's four days.

If you're planning to attend the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, here are a few tips to enhance your experience:


  1. Arrive Early: The Mass Ascent and Night Glows are popular events, so arriving early will give you a better chance of finding a good vantage point.

  2. Check the Weather: Balloon flights are heavily dependent on weather conditions. While organizers do their best to keep the schedule, be prepared for last-minute changes due to wind and weather.

  3. Bring a Camera: The visual splendor of the fiesta is a photographer's dream. Don't forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the stunning moments.

  4. Stay Hydrated: The fiesta grounds can get busy, so make sure to stay hydrated and wear comfortable clothing.

  5. Consider Public Transport: As parking can be limited, using public transportation or walking might be more convenient.


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2024 will take place from 8th to 11th August 2024 at Ashton Court Estate.