Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Discover the magic of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta held each August at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol. Go ballooning with from Bailey Balloons as part of a spectacular mass ascent with up to 150 other unique balloons gathered from all over the world for this magical balloon bonanza!

The 40th Bristol International Balloon Festival from 8th - 11th August 2019.  Fly in a mass ascent from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019! Dawn and Sunset Champagne VIP Balloon Flights from just £200 per person EXCLUSIVE OFFERS!  

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Be part of the magic and take off in a spectacular mass ascent of up to 150 balloons flying from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta!

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From just £200 Per Person you'll get ALL this:

  • Up to an hour’s hot air balloon flight with chilled champagne on touch down
  • A launch site pass and the option to book advance VIP parking.
  • A flight certificate and transport back to the fiesta site.
  • In flight photos can be purchased as a memento of your flight.
  • We can also arrange transport to the site including by helicopter, or arrange VIP parking, meals, hotels, corporate hospitality packages, just ask and we can arrange it for you!

For an extra special treat or a unique way to propose, Bailey Balloons can also offer exclusive balloons for 2 people for just £350 per person!  Please call us for more information.

Book your balloon flight online or call us on 01275 375 300 to purchase your Festival Balloon ride today!  Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note - Fiesta flights are subject to suitable and safe weather conditions on the day.  All vouchers are NON-REFUNDABLE.  If your flight is cancelled at this year's Fiesta, your voucher will be valid to take a flight with us another time before 1st August 2020 from one of our launch sites across the South West, you will not be able to book another slot at this year's Fiesta nor will it be valid for the following year's Fiesta 

Watch a great video of the 2017 Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2017 Video

Read more about the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2017 in our blog

What our previous customers say...

"We flew as part of the mass ascent on Saturday evening at the Bristol International Balloon fiesta 2015. We were lucky with the weather and the atmosphere of the fiesta was absolutely buzzing. I would recommend booking well in advance as some of my friends tried booking in and were not able to because they were fully booked.  We had a slightly adventurous landing, where we bumped on the ground a couple of times before we slid on the grass and landed sideways. All added to the fun!"

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is celebrating its 40th year in 2018 and is the largest balloon Fiesta in Europe and one of the largest outdoor events in the UK with over half a million visitors attending over the four day festival. Every morning and evening (weather permitting of course) there will be a tremendous mass ascent with up to 150 beautiful hot air balloons taking to the sky creating an awesome sight, both from the basket and for those waving at you from below.

Balloon Rides from the Bristol Fiesta

Enjoy the view of the Fiesta from the air, looking down upon all the hustle and bustle of the activities on the ground and wave to those looking in awe as you pass overhead. Admire the beautiful Ashton Court Mansion and its surrounding estate as you rise above the funfair, food and laughter, before floating away to brighten up the skies of Bristol with a magical pallet of colour. Be one of the few who get the opportunity to capture on film the spectacular ascent with ballooning memories that will last forever.

Balloon lift of at the Bristol Fiesta

Clive, our Chief Pilot, has been Flight Director for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta for 12 years, and with his inside knowledge and expertise, Bailey Balloons can make your Fiesta Flight an extra special occasion.

Got a question that you are itching to ask about ballooning? Want to find out more about hot air balloon flights, gift vouchers or purchase a piece of Bailey Balloons merchandise to take home?? We would love to meet you!  Pop along to the Bailey Balloons Stand at the Fiesta. We will not only be flying at the fiesta but will have a dedicated and knowledgeable team on site at the Bailey Balloons Stand.

Ballooning at the Bristol Fiesta

To keep you entertained whilst on the ground, there is a full schedule of Arena Entertainment and many things of interest to suit all ages.

Also during the weekend usually on the Thursday and Saturday evenings there will be spectacular Night Glows and Fireworks. Approximately 30 tethered balloons illuminate the night sky, choreographed sequences are set to music. Finally ending with a magnificent firework display. A fantastic way to remember your weekend!!

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With Bailey Balloons you can take to the skies alongside some of the most incredible special shaped hot air balloons, such as the Piper, the Monster, the Tesco shopping trolley and many, many others. When you buy a champagne flight voucher to fly at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta you will receive a special launch site pass and you will be able to take pictures of the hot air balloons close up and take off as part of the mass ascent.

At the 2012 Bristol Balloon Fiesta as part of the Olympics we flew many top International journalists. A Japanese journalist Kazuyo Yasuda O'Neill wrote about her experiences with us on her blog - it is in Japanese!

Directions to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta:

By Car:  Follow the yellow road signs to the Fiesta - Public Car Parks are clearly signposted, SAT NAV Details: use the postcode BS8 3TQ. Once you pick up the yellow event road signs, please follow these as they will direct you with the flow of event traffic.

From the North, M5 Junction 19: take the A369 towards Bristol city centre

From the South, M5 Junction 21: take the A370 towards Bristol

From the East or West, M4 Junction 20: take the M5 southbound, leaving at junction 19 for the A369 towards Bristol city centre

Car Parks: Advanced car parking is available to be booked online from just £8, this guarantees a space within a short distance of the showground and a dedicated entrance and exit to the Fiesta site. 

Premium Car Parking is available from £14 per car per day, premium car parking guarantees a space in the parking area nearest to the showground, with a dedicated entrance and a complimentary event programme.

We recommend that you book your parking well in advance.  You can book online here.

By Foot:  Go to gate 7. The Fiesta site is a 45-minute walk from Bristol City Centre, Clifton and South Bristol. Please use the Festival Way walking from central Bristol, which is sign posted from the M-Shed museum.  PLEASE NOTE The Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians during the evenings of the two nightglows and will be closed from 6.00pm, re-opening at 12 midnight.

By Bus: First bus will operate a high frequency bus service during the fiesta weekend, connecting Temple Meads railway station and the centre with the Fiesta site.

Drop Off/Pick Up Facility: A dedicated drop off/pick up facility will be located within a short walk from the Fiesta site. Please follow the event signs to the facility.