Visitors to the Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill were last week wowed by the return of the Isle of Wight Balloon Festival.
The three-day festival took place over the bank holiday weekend and saw visitors come face to face with an array of balloons from all over the world. In the mornings and evenings, balloons took to the skies as part of dawn and dusk launches.
Other events the weekend included a fireworks display, live music and opportunities for visitors to meet local and international ballooning stars. The festival also offered guests the opportunity to take tethered flights during the day to give then a taste of what soaring through the skies might be like.
Highlights of the event include the famous night glow, where balloons light their burners in a choreographed light show set to music. The special-shaped balloons also proved to be firm favourites with visitors to the event. Balloon shaped like Shaun the Sheep, a fox, a penguin, a panther and a wolf all made an appearance.
One of the aspects to this balloon festival that makes it so popular is that balloons can be seen all over the island. Pilots benefited from a bird’s eye view of Isle of Wight landmarks, including Carisbrooke Castle and the city of Newport.
To get a taste of what aeronautical adventures are like for themselves, people can book onto one of the hot air balloon flights over Bath, Bristol and other areas in the south west on offer.