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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Now in its 34th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event and one of the UK's top five outdoor events.
The Fiesta attracts 500,000 visitors during the show's four days - and it's absolutely FREE to attend.

With mass Hot Air Balloon ascents at 6.00am and 6.00pm, the infamous Nightglows on both Thursday and Saturday evenings, arena and air displays, over 250 trade stands and caterers, and a variety of other entertainments, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is an event not to be missed.

We hope to go as a group and maybe have a picnic or a few drinks on the grass (weather permitting), so 'join' here and we'll let you know our meeting point closer to the time.

If you want to go up in a balloon or be part of the ground staff drop me a line, we're hoping to get a group of ECers who fancy being involved.

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  • belinda k.

    Shame not everyone could get to us we waited til 5.20pm but couldn't wait any longer or we'd miss the ascent. Got there just in time! Nice to meet those I did. Sorry to those we lost in the crowds getting out, mental! Hope everyone got home ok cheers B

    August 12, 2013

  • belinda k.

    I have a black camera case that was left on our picnic blanket - please call or email me and we'll coordinate its return

    August 12, 2013

  • belinda k.


    4.45pm We'll meet at the Clifton end of the Suspension Bridge - on the left hand side on the grass. Let me know in advance if you're coming and take my mobile with you[masked]

    5pm Walk over the bridge to the Fiesta 6pm Mass Ascent of Balloons 9.15pm The famous Fiesta Nightglow and fireworks

    Getting home? It looks like the bus is the easiest way. Incase we all leave at different times please check out the timetable beforehand and I'll bring a copy of the timetable with me too.


    There aren't enough people who want to fly in a balloon to arrange any group discounts but if you want to fly go here

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed that day from 6.00pm

    See you next weekend!

    August 2, 2013

    • belinda k.

      There is food and drink to buy at fiesta but you may want to bring your own picnic. Booze and blanket to sit on!

      August 10, 2013

  • Zoe

    I won't make it for the bridge meeting but will try to find you later as well - have taken your mobile number. Thanks Belinda.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • belinda k.

    This is the likely list:

    Meeting at the Bridge:
    James, Bex, Matt, Zoe, Ana, Chig, Sue, Debbie, Maggie, Soni, Catherine, Oliver, Emma, Angela,

    Those with my phone number who will try to find us later on:
    Ian, Paul, Sonia

    plus maybe some others will turn up on the day at the Bridge? No worries if they do it will work out.

    See you tomorrow!

    August 9, 2013

  • Ana

    Hi Belinda, I will be there! Ana

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • belinda k.

    Meeting up with some EC regulars on Saturday (arranged through our main network on inorder we do not leave without you do let me know in advance if you're coming, cheers Belinda

    August 7, 2013

  • Zoe

    See you there

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Shan

    Gonna be there with some friends too.

    July 21, 2013

  • Diana M.

    Apologies for my cancellation. Hope to join another event soon. X

    July 18, 2013

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