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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta


The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is an annual multi-day hot-air ballooning event held in August in Ashton Court in Bristol.

The event is particularly known for holding mass ascents of hot-air balloons - with sometimes as many as 100 hot-air balloons at a time. Another popular part of the show is "night glow", when balloons are inflated, and glow to music, after dark - which is the followed by a fireshow.

The event was first held in 1979, and has now grown to be one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, attracting over 100,000 spectators each day. In 2003, crowds returning from the festival put such a strain on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, that it has since been decided to close the bridge during each festival since then!

To find out more about the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, please visit the official website:

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