Bristol International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
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Where: Ashton Court, Bristol, Bristol
When: 08 Aug - 11 Aug 2013
Opening hours: 6am-6pm
Website: Visit website
The Fiesta is a world-class hot air ballooning festival and one of the UK's top five outdoor events.
Held in the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the edge of Bristol, it is a hugely popular free event.
Around half a million people from across the country and beyond flock to Bristol for the Fiesta over four days each August.
The Fiesta attracts 500,000 visitors during the show's four days - and it's absolutely FREE to attend.
With mass Hot Air Balloon ascents at 6.00am and 6.00pm, the infamous Nightglows on both Thursday and Saturday evenings, arena and air displays, over 250 trade stands and caterers, and a variety of other entertainments, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is an event not to be missed.
Whether you want a fun packed day out for all the family, to meet up with friends for a drink whilst watching 150 balloons lift off, or simply to come and soak up the atmosphere at our village green - we can guarantee you a great time.
Details of this year's programme will be announced in due course. Please check the events website.
Ashton Court is situated to the west of Bristol City Centre. It is easily reached from the M5 and via public transport.
Follow the yellow road signs to the Fiesta - Public Car Parks are clearly signposted
From the North, M5 Junction 19: take the A369 towards Bristol city centre
From the South, M5 Junction 21: take the A370 towards Bristol
From the East or West, M4 Junction 20: take the M5 southbound, leaving at junction 19 for the A369 towards Bristol city centre
SAT NAV Details: If you use a SAT NAV use the postcode BS8 3TQ. Once you pick up the yellow event road signs, please follow these as they will direct you with the flow of event traffic.
The Fiesta site is a 20 minute walk from Bristol City Centre, Clifton and South Bristol. Please use the Festival Way if you are walking from central Bristol, which is sign posted from the M-Shed museum.
Important Information regarding the Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians during the evenings of the two nightglows, Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th August 2012. It will be closed from 6.00pm, re-opening at 2.00am the following morning.
Official Fiesta Bus Service
Two dedicated Bus Services will operate during the Fiesta weekend, connecting central Bristol, Clifton and Bristol Temple Meads with the Fiesta site. Download the timetables here:
Balloon One - Bristol Temple Meads - City Centre - Hotwells - Fiesta
Balloon Two - Clifton Village - Whiteladies Road - Jacob Wells - Hotwells - Fiesta
Drop Off/Pick Up Facility
A dedicated drop off/pick up facility will be loacted within a short walk from the Fiesta site. Please follow the event signs to the facility.
First Great Western run frequent, high-speed services to Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from London Paddingon. Services also run to Bristol from various locations around South Wales, Birmingham and the South West - as well as the rest of the UK.
On arriving at Bristol Temple Meads, visitors can make their onward journey to the Fiesta on the Official Fiesta Bus Service.
Further details are available from:
National Rail Enquiries
Tel: 08457 48 49 50
First Great Western
Tel: 08457 00 01 25
First Bus operates bus services throughout Bristol. Many of these services pick-up and drop-off at Bristol's bus and coach station located in the city centre.
For bus times visit www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/southwest/bristol/home/index.php
National Express runs frequent coach services to Bristol from various locations in the UK.
Private Coach Parties will be able to be dropped off within close proximity of the event site - clearly sign posted. Click here for information regarding local coach parking facilities.
Our recommended taxi service is 1st Call Taxis, who can be reached on 0117 955 8558.
The Drop Off/Pick Up facility is located at Ashton Gate, a short walk to the Fiesta site.
Motorbike parking is accessible via Gate 6 and is only available to purchase on the day for 5 pound.
Bicycles can enter the estate from Gate 3 - Kennel Lodge Road
A bike park is located on site.
Please note that bicycles are left at your own risk.
Event details can change.
Please check with the organisers that the event is happening before making travel arrangements.