Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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Balloons flying on a sunny day
Hot air balloons on the ground lit up at night
Hot air balloons inflating
Flames lit under hot air balloons at night
Various hot air balloons floating in to the sky

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Event Date:Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 August
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Time:6am-11pm
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Venue:Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
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Ticket Price:Free Event
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Capacity:xxx tickets n/a

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  • Free event
  • Boundless members’ area at Europe’s largest hot-air balloon event
  • Discounted bar
  • Great viewing balcony
  • Free and secure mobile-phone charging
  • Coat and bag drop-off
  • Free hot refreshments
  • Comfortable outdoor seating area

Join Boundless at the famous Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the largest annual hot-air balloon festival in Europe. Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of a mass ascent as 130 incredible balloons of different shapes and sizes soar into the sky, and enjoy the uplifting Nightglow, when the hot-air balloons are linked together in the festival arena and illuminated to form a fabulous light show with music.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta doesn’t end with the balloons. There are lots of other family-friendly activities to enjoy throughout the weekend, including fireworks, displays, competitions, food-and-drink stalls, live music and a fairground.

Entry to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019 is free of charge, which means you can have a great day out with the family without worrying about the cost.

To make the Bristol Balloon Fiesta even more special, why not join us in our exclusive and newly updated members’ area? We’ll do everything we can to make your experience of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. As a Boundless member, you’ll get free access to the area, where you can have a free hot drink and put your feet up while your mobile phone securely recharges. You can even leave your bags with us so that you don’t have to carry them around all day.

The Boundless members’ area will be located next to the main Bristol Balloon Fiesta arena. If you’re thinking of attending the event, please click on the ‘I’m Interested’ box on the right – this way we can send you important information ahead of time and we’ll have a good idea of how many members we can expect to see over the weekend.

Not yet a Boundless member? Join today for £27 a year to register your interest in the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

The members area at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta will be open on:

  • Thursday 8 August: 1pm – 11pm (Nightglow and fireworks)
  • Friday 9 August: 6am – 7pm
  • Saturday 10 August: 6am – 11pm (Nightglow and fireworks)
  • Sunday 11 August: 6am – 7pm

In order to access the members’ area, you’ll need to show your Boundless membership card. Friends and family are also welcome as long as they’re with a Boundless member.

Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

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How can I get there?

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta is a very popular event and we recommend the use of public transport where possible.

By bicycle: Those wishing to cycle can take Festival Way, a traffic-free path connecting the city to the Ashton Court Estate and beyond. Starting in Bristol, you can use the National Cycling Route 33 which takes you on a traffic-free path from Queen Square out of the city via Cumberland Road. Crossing the River Avon, you join Kennel Lodge Road as you enter Ashton Court. There is bike parking available on site by the Mansion House and Fallow Deer Park.

On foot: There are two main routes into the site via Festival Way, as detailed above, or via the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

By bus: The First Bus Balloon Shuttle service runs from Temple Meads railway station and the city-centre Metrobus Stop C2 on Colston Avenue to the fiesta. We highly recommend local residents take advantage of this service – tickets are available on the bus with no need to pre-book.

By car: Ashton Court is situated to the southwest of Bristol city centre. There are large car parks on the Ashton Court Estate for the use people attending the fiesta. Parking information can be found on the fiesta website – we strongly recommend buying your parking in advance.

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I have a friend or family member who wants to come as well.

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Great, bring them along! They can have full use of the members’ area as well as long as you’re with them.

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Where is the Boundless members area and how do I get in?

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The members’ area will be adjacent to the main arena, although we haven’t confirmed the exact position yet. For more info on where we’ll be, click on the yellow ‘I’m Interested’ box on the right of the screen.

To get into the members’ area, all you need to do is show any of our team your Boundless membership card. We’ll then issue you with a pass which allows you to drop in as many times as you like over the weekend.

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When will the Boundless members area be open?

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The members’ area will be open throughout the fiesta, including the evening of the Nightglow and fireworks.

  • Thursday 8 August: 1pm – 11pm (Nightglow and fireworks)
  • Friday 9 August: 6am – 7pm
  • Saturday 10 August: 6am – 11pm (Nightglow and fireworks)
  • Sunday 11 August: 6am – 7pm

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How accessible is the site for people with mobility difficulties?

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Ashton Court estate has a small amount of trackway, but the majority of the ground is grass and uneven. Those with mobility issues will be able to access the Boundless members’ seating areas. However, due to the way the space is set up, anyone having difficulty with stairs may not be able to access the balcony level.