- Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
festival_name=Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
caption=Early morning mass ascent
Ashton Court, Bristol
hot air balloons
website= [http://www.bristolfiesta.co.uk/ www.bristolfiesta.co.uk]
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held during August in
Bristol, United Kingdom. Teams from all over the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloonsto the site and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.
The event is one of the largest in Europe and it is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival. It takes place in a large country estate
Ashton Court. Balloon launches are attempted twice a day, at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions.
One popular attraction is the night glow, when balloons are inflated and glow to music after dark. Another attraction is the large number of special shaped balloons which take off in addition to the regular ones.
that it was decided to close the bridge to all traffic, including pedestrians, during these events from 2004 onwards.
The fiesta features many different types of hot air balloons. "Special shape balloons" attract attention and entertain spectators. Each special shape balloon is unique, colourful, and eye catching.
* The official site of the fiesta is [http://www.bristolfiesta.co.uk/ www.bristolfiesta.co.uk]
* Extra information and pictures from the fiesta on [http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/fiesta/ bbc.co.uk/bristol]
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