Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th August 2021

What’s On

This year we replaced the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta with the Fiesta Flypast, the only hot air balloon flight for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020. The balloons took off from a giant 128m wide heart painted on the grass, as part of the city’s #BristolTogether initiative, inviting people safely back to the city.

In addition to this, we replaced our traditional nightglow with a Virtual Nightglow via the event’s social media channels on Saturday 8th August. It featured 12 hot air balloons and their crews. The production featured some incredible special effects and a light show, as well as some special surprises, all to a soundtrack produced by BBC Radio Bristol.

BBC Radio Bristol worked hard to create a nightglow soundtrack that showcased the best of Bristol.

The nightglow has been made possible by the voluntary efforts of the production team and companies behind the fiesta including Richmond Event Management, Flo Gas, Skyburst and Utopium, as well as ballooning teams volunteering their time to make this happen.

It is available to view on BBC iplayer here! 

The Fiesta will return on 12th to 15th August 2021.