Festival preview: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court, Bristol, August 8-11 2013
More than 150 balloons will take to the sky at Europe’s largest hot air balloon event, featuring plenty of entertainment for the whole family and, for the first time in the festival’s history, camping.
Half a million visitors are expected to gather in the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court to enjoy a packed programme both in the air and on the ground.
Balloon tethering displays, including the famous Nightglow where balloons are lit up to music against a backdrop of spectacular fireworks, will be accompanied by exciting performances from the Red Arrows, the all-female Breitling Walkers and parachute display teams from EXIT and the RAF Falcons.
Parabatix Air Display are also likely to amaze everyone as they twist through the air in a cross between a parachute and an ultra light aeroplane.
Back down on earth, entertainments including fairground rides, food stalls and bars, face painting and a full programme of local acoustic bands will entertain visitors between air displays.