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The superb hot-air balloon festival is held over four days in August. It attracts up to half a million visitors to the lovely rolling parkland of the Ashton Court Estate in the West Country, complete with mansion, deer parks, woodlands, ancient oaks, golf courses, mountain-bike and walking trails and wonderful views over nearby Bristol.
Highlights of the free event are the mass ascents of 120 balloons at dawn and dusk, the Special Shapes Rodeo with its strangely or comically shaped balloons (among perennial favourites are the Churchill dog, the Kiwi bird and the Scottish Piper), the Night Glows, which combine lit-up balloons and fireworks with a musical soundtrack and 'Heaven', a special area providing carnivalesque entertainments.
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Ashton Court Mansion
Bristol BS41 9JN
+44 (0) 906 711 2191