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Long Ashton to see the return of Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta

PUBLISHED: 13:14 02 August 2018

Ashton Court filled with a wonderful and colourful display of hot air balloons.

Ashton Court filled with a wonderful and colourful display of hot air balloons.

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Ashton Court Estate will host Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta next week.

A row of hot air balloons at the events Nightglow display. 	Picture: Jackie CavenA row of hot air balloons at the events Nightglow display. Picture: Jackie Caven

The fiesta is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and more than 130 hot air balloons are to be exhibited at the event.

The four-day show attracts up to 50,000 people visiting each year and to mark the occasion 40 of the fiesta’s most well-known balloons are returning to the event.

Fairground rides, trade stands and entertainment will also be there for visitors to take part in on the day.

Founder of the fiesta, Don Cameron, said: “The event’s 40th anniversary is a huge milestone, so it’s only right that we do something truly special to celebrate this.

“This year we will have some of the most iconic shapes we’ve seen at the show across the years, including the likes of Bertie Bassett, The Michelin Man and the Superbike balloons which have long been crowd favourites at the event.

“It will be wonderful to see them all in the arena once again.”

More modern entries joining the line up this year include Simbaloo the Longleat Lion and the Belvoir Balloon.

People will be able to watch a mass ascent of hot air balloons fly across Bristol during the fiesta, including a new birthday cake balloon, to commemorate the event’s anniversary.

Visitors will also get the chance to watch a nightglow display, consisting of 25 hot air balloons glowing in the night’s sky, which is set to finish with a firework display.

In addition, people can take part in a model hot air balloon competition and can win the chance ride in one during the event.

Visitors can camp in the grounds of Ashton Court Estate during the length of the fiesta, where people can either bring a tent or a motorhome to stay in.

The event is supporting St Peter’s Hospice, and both the charity and fiesta are celebrating 40 years of being in the city.

The Bristol charity care for adults with life-limiting illnesses and extend care and support to their families and loved ones.

The fiesta will run from August 9-12 starting at noon on day one and ending at 8.30pm on the final day. Entry is free, but charges for premium, main and disabled parking apply.

For more information, visit www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

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