Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Europe’s biggest ballooning event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta features colourful hot-air ballon displays that draw a half a million visitors to Ashton Court on the edge of the city.

For four days, at dawn and dusk, hundreds of balloons take off in mass ascents, creating the sort of sight that has everyone on the ground reaching for their cameras.

With fireworks, family entertainment and the famous nightglows – where the balloons ignite their burners in time to music – this remains one of the city’ most popular events.

Visitors heading to the Saturday and Sunday dawn ascents at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2016 can enjoy the ascent with a background accompaniment of classical music.

The Fiesta funfair will return as usual, but this year has been reduced in size to make space for Bristol’s own Cirque Bijou to show off their amazing skills.

Younger visitors coming to see the Cirque Bijou show can also take part in junk modelling workshops, face painting and learn some circus skills themselves.

Popular festival entertainers the Desperate Men will also be on hand with their balloon toss act.

Also added to the Fiesta’s programme this year is a bandstand where crowds can listen to some of the best local bands and solo performers.

The 2016 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will see the world premiere of Luke Jerram’s latest artwork – The Museum of the Moon.

Measuring seven metres across and using exact data collected from NASA to make it as realistic as possible, it’s another stunning piece of art from the man who put a giant water slide down Bristol’s Park Street.

The moon is being made by Bristol company Cameron Balloons and will be illuminated after dark to add another captivating sight to the Fiesta experience.

For people who want to study the real moon, staff from At-Bristol will be close to the artwork offering the chance to study the moon through high-precision binoculars.

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