Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th August 2021

EVENT UPDATE 2020

Balloons will take to the skies over Bristol this summer and our nightglow will take place online, but there will be no event at Ashton Court.

In order to adhere to the governmental guidelines around social distancing, the 2020 edition of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta cannot take place as normal.

BRISTOL FIESTA FLYPAST

Instead we’re bringing you the inaugural Fiesta Flypast, which will see iconic balloons flying over the city on one morning to be selected between 1-14 August.

We are inviting Bristolians to watch the balloons from the safety of their own doorsteps and gardens. Social distancing means we absolutely cannot gather in parks or Bristol’s open spaces or invite our audiences to see the balloons take off or land, to protect our pilots and the public.

The location of the events will remain private in order to adhere to government guidelines and Bristol audiences are urged to stay away from public spaces and protect the city from incurring any surge in Covid-19 as a result of the event.

VIRTUAL NIGHTGLOW: SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST

We have also teamed up with BBC Radio Bristol for another lockdown treat, in the form of a virtual nightglow, staged with extra special additions and a soundtrack produced to lift the spirits of the city on Saturday 8th August.

Emma Britton, Breakfast Show presenter at BBC Radio Bristol explains;

“We loved creating the soundtrack to last year’s Nightglow – so we’re delighted to be able to team up with the fiesta organising team again this year to bring a taste of the event to Bristolians, as well as being able to reach fans of the fiesta further afield through a virtual event. We’ll be creating an upbeat soundtrack and working with the balloonists to choreograph what we hope will be an amazing show to watch online with some special surprises.”

PARKING REFUNDS

Anyone who has already purchased car parking for the event please go to our ticketing page for full details.

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JOIN US IN 2021

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will return to Ashton Court on Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th August 2021.