This event was canceled
This MEET is confirmed to now take place - no longer a place-holder.
The balloon festival takes place every year. More information is available here: -
It involves both daytime and nighttime flights (I imagine the latter could be quite spectacular). We will aim to get there for around 11am, and will leave after dark. The last train back from Bristol is at 22.30 going along the main-line route via Didcot, Reading. If you decide to go by train, you can get a shuttle bus from the station to the event. The last listed event is at 9pm where they do their finale (so I suspect you could get the last train back although it it could be quite busy).
There is no cost for the event but you either pay for parking, or for shuttle bus (and according ticket).
To enable flexibility, I am intending to drive down to Bristol from Didcot and have space for 3 more people in my car. Please let me know if you would like to come with me (shared petrol and entry ticket then enabled). I will be going from Didcot straight along the M4 and then down the M3 (you would need to be at Didcot Parkway by 8.30am on the Saturday). If you are also able to offer a car share (and want to), please put a message on the comments page with times/locations so others can contact you.
KIT recommendation: -
Wide lens for when the balloons are all flying.
Close-up lens to get some nearer shots
Tripod (could be useful)
Water bottle/packed-lunch, etc.
Good shoes - surface could be uneven.
Contact number on the day:[masked]. If you send a text, please put your name at the end so I know who has sent it.
Cost for Meetup - £1/person which goes towards running of the group payable on the day to myself.