Morning Ascents

Our morning hot air balloon lifts start early at 6am and they are the most magical part of the fiesta

It’s worth the early start to grab a coffee and a bacon sandwich from one of our lovely traders and watch the balloons inflate up close and float overhead as the sun rises.


The Fiesta is jam-packed with activities for all the family. Head to the Brizzle Kicks area for children’s entertainment, bandstand for live music and the arena for ballooning activities through the day…weather permitting!

Pick up lunch or dinner from one of our traders and watch the hot air balloons inflate at 6pm for the evening afternoon ascent.

Evening Ascents

Gather around the ballooning arena to watch the balloonists prepare for flight. Baskets are rigged; burners tested and envelopes filled with air - all followed by the noise and heat of the hot inflations. Watch the balloons joggle for position as their pilots ready themselves for flight.

Watch out for the green smoke when the flight director gives his signal that it is safe to launch any time after 6pm.

Night Glow

The beautiful and iconic Night Glows take place on Saturday night, as soon as the balloon teams arrive back from the evening ascent. At 9pm a collection of up to 25 balloons tether and light up in time to a soundtrack provided by the team at BBC Radio Bristol.