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Thursday 16th of July 2015
Head to Bristol this summer for an out of this world event which is set to be fun for all the family. The spectacular International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest ballooning event, set over four days and features 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes.
The event, which takes place from 6th to 9th August in Ashton Court is free, and promises to be a weekend crammed with entertainment.
Head to the beautiful, green grounds of Ashton Court to witness the ascents of the balloons. If you’re an early bird, then be sure to catch the 6:00 ascent while enjoying a bacon butty (which you can buy from the balloon breakfast bar on site). Alternately, you can wait until the 18:00 ascent takes place, but make sure to arrive early as this event usually gets pretty busy. If you fancy staying around a little later, the 30 ballooning teams will be showcasing their famous nightglow performance, and lighting up the skies at 21:00 on the Thursday and Saturday evenings.
Take the kids to the fairground, or keep them entertained with a face painting session. There will also be food stands throughout the festival, providing hungry visitors with the best local produce on offer, and musical acts galore.
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