THE FIESTA SITE

The fiesta takes place in the rolling parkland of Ashton Court Estate where the majority of the park is grassland although the estate does have a number of tarmac roads or limited temporary roadways. We want the fiesta to be an enjoyable day for everyone and we hope the following information will help to ensure this is the case.

MAPS AND CONTACT

You can contact us with any enquiries you may have about your visit by telephone, email or via social media. Directions to the Fiesta can be found on our website as well as a map, which can be downloaded here.

ACCESS

The pedestrian entrance to the Fiesta Arena from the Disabled Car Park is paved with metal trackway. The pedestrian entrance to the Fiesta Arena from our On the Day Car Park is via a gently sloped tarmac road. Trackway and pathways circle the main arena site. The grass can be uneven in areas and slippery when wet. The disabled viewing area is located inside arena gate 3 at grid reference Q19 (Zone E) 

ACCESSIBLE CAR PARK 

Our closest parking option via Gate 6 allows parking on the hard standing ground with access over a trackway to the main site. A Disabled Blue Badge Parking Permit will be required to park within this area and the permit holder must also be present. Car Park Tickets must be bought in advance via our website.

You can purcase accessible car park tickets here.

EVENT MOBILITY

The Bristol International Balloon is proud to be partnering with Event Mobility, who will be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disables, elderly and mobility impaired visitors at this year’s fiesta.

To reserve an electric scooter or manual wheelchair, you can book online at www.eventmobility.co.uk to print out an advance booking form from the website or contact the office on 01386 725391 to request a form be posted to you. Please be aware that bookings cannot be made by phone.

Event Mobility equipment will be available from 12pm until 11pm daily throughout the event.

For more information please visit https://www.eventmobility.org.uk/bristol-balloon-festival?search=bristol.

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS/AREAS 

There are disabled toilets located by each block of toilets on site. There is an additional disabled toilet located in the stables courtyard behind the mansion. There is ramped wheelchair access to both marquees. There is a disabled toilet located behind both marquees. There is also a mobiloo on site near the event entrance which features a hoist and is fully accessible.

GUIDE DOGS

Guide dogs are welcome on site.

ACCESSIBLE VIEWING AREAS

The accessible viewing area is positioned on the side of the arena and offers a great view of the balloons during the mass ascents and the nightglow. However the arena itself is a natural amphitheatre and the viewing area on either side of the arena lends itself to those with accessibility requirements. Due to demand, access to the dedicated accessible viewing area should be pre-booked. Each ticket allows access to one disabled person and one carer. Proof of eligibility may be requested on site.

You can purchase accessible tickets here.