Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons,  attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol.

Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free with charges made for parking on the event site.

The event was first held in 1979 and is now one of the largest in Europe. It is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival. It takes place in a large country estate Ashton Court. Mass launches are made twice a day, at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions. (Bristol International Balloon Fiesta)

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons are inflated and take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise in the main arena on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons are inflated and take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise in the main arena on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons are inflated and take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise in the main arena on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The mass ascent of balloons at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons come into land as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons are inflated and take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise in the main arena on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons are inflated and take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise in the main arena on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons take to the skies as they participate in the mass assent at sunrise on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air Balloons are being tethered as balloonists prepare to launch at the Bristol international balloon fiesta held on August 10, 2017 in Avon, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Barcroft Images)

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