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Crowds flock to Bristol ballooning festival

14/08/2014 Jo Bailey Hot Air Balloons at Events

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has once again enticed many balloonists and interested visitors to the South West.

Launching for the 36th time on 7th August, the festival saw dozens of hot air balloons floating in the August sky. However, this is nothing new to Bristol residents, who are used to seeing the mass balloon launches each summer, but it is said to be never any less spectacular for the crowds of people who gather at Ashton Court Estate.

The fiesta kicked off with a mass hot air balloon ascent in the morning, as thousands looked on in awe. That evening there was also a night glow, which saw more than 30 pilots in illuminated, tethered balloons putting on a synchronised show in the dusk light.

There was also a unique evening show performed by Special Shapes, with the event showcasing a wide variety of novelty balloons, including a number of huge inflatable animals and some multi-coloured craft.

More than 156 hot air balloons were registered for the Fiesta this year, making it the largest ballooning event in all of Europe, showing that when it comes to hot air balloon flights, Bristol is one of the best places in the UK. There were many varied and unique balloons spotted at this year’s festival, including a giant Smurf.

People travelled from far and wide to this year’s show, and despite a poor forecast for the first day of the festival, the rain failed to put in an appearance. This was much to the delight of the Fiesta’s organisers and many visitors.

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