The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was founded in 1978 and this year’s event takes place on August 9-12 in the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the edge of the city.

This free, world-class hot air ballooning festival, which attracts half a million people, has more than 100 balloons of all shapes and sizes taking to the sky each morning and evening as well as the fiesta’s famous night glows, firework displays and family entertainment.

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