Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019: A Four Day Ballooning Extravaganza!

22nd July 2019    News

As we prepare to take part in the fast approaching 2019 Bristol Balloon Fiesta, anticipation for the event is reaching new heights by the day. Aerosaurus Balloons have enjoyed taking part in the annual fiesta for many years and can’t wait to be part of the action from Thursday 8th August to Sunday 11th August.

We previously brought you up to speed with plans for The 40th Bristol Balloon Fiesta and we can safely say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the landmark fiesta. Now, we have everything you need to know about the forthcoming fiesta, and hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Our associate company Bailey Balloons often fly over Bristol as one of their main flight locations, yet it is always a special moment when, as a whole, we set off as part of a mass ascent at the fiesta. If you haven’t done so already, discover our Bristol Balloon Fiesta flight voucher.

Join us in an unrivalled flying experience and receive champagne, a personalised flight certificate and a special flight pack as part of the package. Being part of a mass ascent in what is the grandest balloon festival in the world is quite something!

A Background to Bristol Balloon Fiesta

suspension bridge balloon fiesta

First held in 1978, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is hosted against the stunning backdrop of Ashton Court Gate. The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is not only the height of the UK ballooning season, but is Europe’s largest meeting of hot air balloons, with a staggering 130 balloons taking flight over the four days. Hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the globe come to take part in the event. 

The sight of a multitude of balloons floating into the clear blue summer skies is one to behold, and an image that, at Aerosaurus, we hold close to our hearts all year round. As a free event, organisers encourage as many people to come and enjoy the take-offs, landings and everything in between throughout the four days. 

Agenda for the Four Days of Hot Air Ballooning:

As ever, there is a wide variety of hot air ballooning events planned for the fiesta. We have provided an official breakdown of each day, so that you don’t miss a thing on the day(s) you plan to attend this grand scale hot air balloon experience:

Thursday 8th August:

  • The fiesta begins at 12:00pm, and gets underway with balloon tethering – launch field. 
  • At 6:00pm, prepare for special shape and ride balloon launch. 
  • A special fireworks and nightglow show will conclude day one, with events coming to a close at 10:30pm.

Friday 9th August:

  • Day two commences at 6:00am and takes off with a mass hot air balloon lift.
  • At 8:00am model hot air balloon competitions get underway. 
  • Hot air balloon tethering at 12:00pm.
  • At 6:00pm, stand by for the evening mass hot air balloon lift.
  • Fiesta closes its doors for the day at 20:30pm.

Saturday 10th August:

  • A mass hot air balloon lift – in association with Classic FM – kicks off the day at 6:00am.
  • There is arena entertainment taking place from 12:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Evening mass hot air balloon lift, again at 6:00pm.
  • Nightglow and fireworks finale at 21:00pm – another spectacle that will live long in the memory.

Sunday 11th August:

  • Mass hot air balloon lift at the usual time of 6:00am.
  • Arena entertainment from 12:00pm 4:00pm.
  • At 6:00pm it’s the mass ascent! 
  • At 8:00pm, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta draws to a close. 

These are the main attractions outlined for each day (weather permitting) although there will also be numerous other events and activities for people to enjoy whilst walking round the fiesta. We for one can’t wait for another year of exciting interactions with Ballooning experts and enthusiasts from all four corners of the community. 

Aerosaurus at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

Look out for Aerosaurus during the festival celebrations, both on the ground and high in the skies! Contact us to discuss the event in further detail or to purchase the special Bristol Balloon Fiesta voucher and package. We can’t wait for this year’s fiesta and hope that if you can’t make it, you’re able to witness this majestic spectacle from afar.